9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gallery 202 and The Copper Fox Gallery. You'll explore and learn at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. When in Nashville, make a side trip to see David Arms Gallery in Franklin, approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, and look for gifts at Carter Vintage Guitars.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville online road trip planner .

New York City to Nashville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Franklin
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Do your shopping at Fowler's Clay Works and Novus Candela Bath & Crafts. Visiting Roaring Fork and Mount LeConte will get you outdoors. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, trek along Chimney Tops Trail, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

3
nights
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Let the collections at Titanic Museum Attraction and Smoky Mountain Knife Works capture your imagination. Escape the urban bustle at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Zipline. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pigeon Forge: Cades Cove (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy (in Sevierville). There's much more to do: revel in the low prices at Tanger Outlets Sevierville, cool off at Dollywood, and learn about winemaking at Mill Bridge Winery.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Pigeon Forge trip builder site .

Pigeon Forge is just a stone's throw from Gatlinburg. In August in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Sevierville, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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