7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Fort Lauderdale
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Memphis
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
Fort Lauderdale

2
days
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.
On the 24th (Sun), find something for the whole family at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster and then get in on the family fun at Dollywood. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Mon): examine the collection at Titanic Museum, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Pigeon Forge day trip planning app .

Fort Lauderdale to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December, things will get cooler in Pigeon Forge: highs are around 50°F and lows about 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums

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Gatlinburg, Zipline
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Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Titanic Museum ©
Titanic Museum

3
days
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
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.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for nature, trails, wildlife, scenic drive, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road, tour the pleasant surroundings at Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area, and trek along Alum Cave Trail.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pigeon Forge to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In December in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Chimney Tops ©
Chimney Tops
Alum Cave Trail ©
Alum Cave Trail

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street and then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Memphis trip planner .

You can fly from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Memphis in 6 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 December in Memphis, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 40°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Sun Studio. ©
Sun Studio.
Graceland ©
Graceland
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National Civil Rights Museum

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