8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip planner

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Gatlinburg
— 1 night
Drive
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Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
Drive
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Knoxville
— 1 night
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive
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Nashville
— 1 night
Drive
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg

— 1 night

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.
On the 17th (Sat), cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, stroll through Roaring Fork, and then take in the exciting artwork at Fowler's Clay Works. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Pittsburgh to Gatlinburg is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Shopping

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Smoky Mountain Knife Works, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction.

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Pigeon Forge is just a stone's throw from Gatlinburg. In July, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Museums · Shopping · Tours · Adventure

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Knoxville

— 1 night

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at East Tennesse Historical Society, explore the different monuments and memorials at Knoxville National Cemetery, and then get some fabulous bargains at Russell Stover Candies.

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You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Knoxville in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Knoxville

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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Chattanooga

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): take in the history at Chickamauga Battlefield, then witness the site of a historic battle at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

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You can drive from Knoxville to Chattanooga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

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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 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

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Drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. July in Nashville sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street and then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio and then examine the collection at Graceland.

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Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Memphis

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Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
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.