9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, then get to know the fascinating history of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and then take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome. Keep things going the next day: hike along Grotto Falls Parking, then take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, and then steep yourself in history at Little Greenbrier School.

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Charlotte to Gatlinburg is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. April in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

Chattanooga

— 2 nights

Dynamo of Dixie

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ruby Falls as well as Chickamauga Battlefield. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): take in the history at Chickamauga Battlefield, then take in the history at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Ruby Falls.

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Getting from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga by car takes about 3 hours. In April in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 50°F at night. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Nashville

— 2 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Andrew Jackson's Hermitage as well as Cheekwood. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Cheekwood, explore the galleries of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, and then immerse yourself in nature at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

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You can drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. You'll set off for Pigeon Forge on the 18th (Thu).

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Pigeon Forge

— 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Smoky Mountain Knife Works. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Glenmore Mansion, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then see the interesting displays at Alcatraz East Crime Museum, then learn about winemaking at Mill Bridge Winery, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Smoky Mountain Knife Works. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo and then explore the fascinating underground world of Forbidden Caverns.

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Traveling by car from Nashville to Pigeon Forge takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.