9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip itinerary maker

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Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 1 day
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Nashville
— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine and then get in on the family fun at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge day trip app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Pigeon Forge. In May, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Museums · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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 10th (Mon): shop like a local with Alewine Pottery, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky, examine the collection at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, then do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and finally stop by Ranger Bob's Trading Post.

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Gatlinburg is just a short distance from Pigeon Forge. In May, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork, then steep yourself in history at Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and finally trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park online attractions planner.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a stone's throw from Gatlinburg. In May, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors
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Nashville

— 3 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Balloon Rides and Centennial Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nashville: Franklin (Gallery 202 & David Arms Gallery). Next up on the itinerary: take in the history at Lotz House Museum, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and look for gifts at Colts Chocolates.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville driving holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Nashville with the Route module. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 58°F.

Things to do in Nashville

Side Trip

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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.