11 days in Memphis, Nashville & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

11 days in Memphis, Nashville & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

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11 days in Memphis, Nashville & Pigeon Forge Itinerary

Start: Memphis
1
Memphis
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Memphis

4
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
You've added Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School, Johnny Cash House, B.B. King's Blues Club, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Sun Studio and The Peabody Ducks. Visit National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and Beale Street for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Memphis side-trips: Pinson Mounds State Park (in Pinson), Craighead Forest Park (in Jonesboro) and Parkin Archeological State Park (in Parkin). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Graceland, examine the collection at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, stop by Memphis Music, and take an in-depth tour of Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Memphis tour itinerary builder app .

January in Memphis sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 32°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School, Johnny Cash House, Parkin Archeological State Park, Craighead Forest Park, Pinson Mounds State Park
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Beale Street ©
Beale Street

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, browse the exhibits of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Downtown Nashville and then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Nashville are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. On the 8th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

3
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 Old Time Photo Number 5 as well as Dollywood. Start off your visit on the 9th (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Old Time Photo Number 5, steep yourself in history at Walker Sisters' Cabin, then contemplate the long history of Little Greenbrier School, and finally get in on the family fun at Dollywood. Keep things going the next day: hike along Charlies Bunion, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and then see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge trip maker .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Pigeon Forge takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge is 1 hour. In January in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
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Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Titanic Museum Attraction ©
Titanic Museum Attraction
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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