9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  1​h 30​min
1
Knoxville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Salt Lake City

1
night
Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes World's Fair Park as well as Star of Knoxville Riverboat. On the 23rd (Sat), join in the after-dark buzz at Star of Knoxville Riverboat and then stroll around World's Fair Park. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Appalachia, explore the fascinating underground world of Tuckaleechee Caverns, and then take a memorable drive along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Knoxville trip simple and quick.

Salt Lake City to Knoxville is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Salt Lake City to Knoxville. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Salt Lake City in May; daily highs in Knoxville reach 79°F and lows reach 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Museum of Appalachia, Tuckaleechee Caverns, Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking
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Tuckaleechee Caverns ©
Tuckaleechee Caverns
Museum of Appalachia ©
Museum of Appalachia
Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking ©

5
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to Alcatraz East Crime Museum and Helicopter Tours. Museum-lovers will appreciate Hollywood Star Cars Museum and Smoky Mountain Knife Works. Explore Gatlinburg's surroundings by going to Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park), Hartford (Zipline & River Rafting & Tubing) and Market Square (in Knoxville). There's much more to do: view the masterpieces at Fowler's Clay Works, find something for the whole family at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, walk around Freenotes Harmony Park, and look for gifts at Novus Candela Bath & Crafts.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Knoxville to Gatlinburg in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Tours Museums Adventure

Side Trips

Hartford, Sevierville, Market Square, Clingmans Dome, Alcatraz East Crime Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fowler's Clay Works ©
Fowler's Clay Works
Alcatraz East Crime Museum ©
Alcatraz East Crime Museum
Hollywood Star Cars Museum ©
Hollywood Star Cars Museum

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dollywood. On the 29th (Fri), test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Dollywood.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge trip planner .

Pigeon Forge is very close to Gatlinburg. In May, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Titanic Museum Attraction ©
Titanic Museum Attraction
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
The Escape Game Pigeon Forge ©
The Escape Game Pigeon Forge

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