10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee Trip Planner

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Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
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Franklin
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Memphis
— 1 night
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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 Ijams Nature Center as well as Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Ijams Nature Center, then explore the striking landscape of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Forbidden Caverns.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge holiday planner.

New York City to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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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 12th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls, see the interesting displays at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg attractions planning site.

Gatlinburg is very close to Pigeon Forge. In July, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then Head underground at Raccoon Mountain Caverns. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Rock City Gardens and then witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga day trip site.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Franklin.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

Side Trips

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Franklin

— 2 nights
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
On the 15th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Rippavilla Plantation and then view the masterpieces at Gallery 202. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: play a few rounds at Henry Horton State Park and then contemplate the long history of Winstead Hill Park.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Franklin trip builder.

Getting from Chattanooga to Franklin by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Franklin are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. On the 17th (Mon), you're off to Nashville.

Things to do in Franklin

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Nashville

— 1 night

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 17th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Belmont Mansion and then get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

To plan Nashville vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Nashville is very close to Franklin. In July in Nashville, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Memphis

— 1 night

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 18th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Elmwood Cemetery and then catch a live event at AutoZone Park. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Mud Island.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Memphis trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. July in Memphis sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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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.