25 days in Tennessee Itinerary

25 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip itinerary planner

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Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Sevierville
— 2 nights
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 14 nights

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Pigeon Forge

— 2 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.
You've now added Dollywood to your itinerary. On the 9th (Wed), make a splash at Dollywood.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge online itinerary planner.

Nashville to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also 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 May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. You will leave for Gatlinburg on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): take a memorable drive along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gatlinburg trip itinerary planner.

Gatlinburg is very close to Pigeon Forge. In May, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Scenic Drive · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 2 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Clingmans Dome, Cades Cove and Sugarlands Visitors Center. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome. On the 14th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, get answers to all your questions at Sugarlands Visitors Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Cades Cove.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Great Smoky Mountains National Park online day trip planner.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a short distance from Gatlinburg. In May in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sevierville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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Sevierville

— 2 nights
Lying at the foothills of the Great Smokies, Sevierville is a friendly tourist town with plenty of Southern charm.
On the 15th (Tue), whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then see the world from above with a helicopter tour. Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rainforest Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Forbidden Caverns.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sevierville trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Sevierville with the Route module. In May, daytime highs in Sevierville are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Sevierville

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
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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 Rock City as well as Lookout Mountain. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): Head underground at Ruby Falls, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, and then get great views at Rock City. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Cloudland Canyon State Park and then take in the history at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

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You can drive from Sevierville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Nashville

— 14 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 RCA Studio B as well as Wildhorse Saloon. Visit Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery and Belmont Mansion for their historical value. Let the collections at National Corvette Museum and Historic Mansker's Station capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Historic Rock Castle (in Hendersonville), Bowling Green (Chaney's Dairy Barn, NCM Motorsports Park, &more) and Montgomery Bell State Park (in Burns). And it doesn't end there: take in the history at Stones River National Battlefield, explore the world behind art at Frist Art Museum, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and explore the galleries of Upper Room.

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You can drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 19 — Jun 2:

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.