10 days in Ohio & Tennessee Itinerary

10 days in Ohio & Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States Trip Planner

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Columbus
— 1 night
Fly
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Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
Drive

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Columbus

— 1 night

The Discovery City

More than just one of the nation's top business centers, Columbus is a mixture of many different parts of America, situated at the spot where the so-called "Bible Belt" meets the varied cultures of the Great Plains and Appalachia.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): see the interesting displays at The Jubilee Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and then see where the action happens at Ohio Stadium. Keep things going the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then don't miss a visit to Rockhouse.

To see ratings and more tourist information, use the Columbus travel planning site.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Columbus. In September, daily temperatures in Columbus can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Columbus

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Nashville

— 3 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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, and admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip planner.

Fly from Columbus to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Columbus to Nashville. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Columbus in September: highs in Nashville hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Side Trip

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Memphis

— 2 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): examine the collection at Graceland and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Memphis trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Nashville in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Memphis, with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Memphis

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Pigeon Forge

— 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pigeon Forge: River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cades Cove & Clingmans Dome). There's lots more to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge holiday maker website.

Getting from Memphis to Pigeon Forge by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Memphis to Pigeon Forge is 1 hour. Traveling from Memphis in September, plan for little chillier nights in Pigeon Forge, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

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Ohio travel guide

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The Buckeye State
Nicknamed the "Heart of It All" because of its heart-like shape, Ohio is perhaps best described as a mosaic of big cities and small towns, with vast tracts of farmland in between. Always a major industrial and political player in the country, the state was the home to eight American presidents and the Wright brothers, inventors of the airplane. The first man to walk on the Moon came from Ohio, as did 23 other astronauts. More than just an overachiever in science, industry, and politics, the state is also a serious holiday destination, featuring both traditional Amish farms and bustling cities with a great selection of things to do.

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
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.