11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Pigeon Forge
— 5 nights
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Erwin
— 1 night
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Chattanooga
— 4 nights
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Pigeon Forge

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and The Coaster at Goats on the Roof. Kids will appreciate attractions like Dollywood and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pigeon Forge: Zipline (in Hartford), Forbidden Caverns (in Sevierville) and Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at MagiQuest, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo, make a splash at Dollywood's Splash Country Water Adventure Park, and get great views at Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge travel route builder tool.

New York City to Pigeon Forge is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Erwin.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Erwin

Erwin is a town in and the county seat of Unicoi County, Tennessee, United States. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): hike along Pinnacle Mountain Trail, then explore the activities along Nolichucky River, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Erwin trip planner.

You can drive from Pigeon Forge to Erwin in 2 hours. Traveling from Pigeon Forge in August, plan for little chillier nights in Erwin, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Erwin

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

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Chattanooga

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.
Family-friendly places like Raccoon Mountain Caverns and Creative Discovery Museum will thrill your kids. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Coolidge Park and Chattanooga Riverwalk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chattanooga: Ocoee (Adventures Unlimited, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruby Falls, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium.

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Traveling by car from Erwin to Chattanooga takes 3.5 hours. In August, Chattanooga is a bit warmer than Erwin - with highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Adventure · Childrens Museums · Nature

Side Trip

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.