9 days in Tennessee, North Carolina & Kentucky Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee, North Carolina & Kentucky Itinerary

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Nashville
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
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Asheville
— 3 nights
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Lexington
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Nashville

Nashville ©

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, then take in the history at Carnton, and then see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Nashville. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin, and then take in the history at Carter House.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nashville trip itinerary maker site.

San Antonio to Nashville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from San Antonio in October, expect Nashville to be slightly colder, temps between 75°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Carnton ©
Carnton
Carter House ©
Carter House
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

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Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©

Center of Fun in the Smokies

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tuckaleechee Caverns and Bush's Beans Visitor Center. Kids will appreciate attractions like Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Roaring Fork. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pigeon Forge: Newfound Gap Road (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Forbidden Caverns (in Sevierville). The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, get in on the family fun at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, and catch some excitement at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge road trip planning site.

You can drive from Nashville to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Asheville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Tuckaleechee Caverns ©
Tuckaleechee Caverns
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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Asheville

Asheville ©

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Asheville Pinball Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like The North Carolina Arboretum and The Folk Art Center. There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at Navitat Canopy Adventures - Asheville Zipline, take in the exciting artwork at Woolworth Walk, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Asheville online road trip planner.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Asheville in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lexington.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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Navitat Canopy Adventures - Asheville Zipline ©
Basilica of Saint Lawrence ©
Basilica of Saint Lawrence
The North Carolina Arboretum ©
The North Carolina Arboretum

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Lexington

Lexington ©

Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Unique Horse Farm Tours and then don't miss a visit to Kentucky Horse Park.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lexington online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Lexington takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and subway. In October, daily temperatures in Lexington can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours
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Unique Horse Farm Tours ©
Unique Horse Farm Tours
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park

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