5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Pigeon Forge
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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 18th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Downtown Franklin, then explore the galleries of Carnton, and then stroll the grounds of McGavock Confederate Cemetery.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville route planner.

New York City to Nashville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Nashville are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

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Pigeon Forge

— 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Laurel Falls. Museum-lovers will appreciate Bush's Visitor Center and Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Forbidden Caverns in Sevierville (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: trek along Grotto Falls Parking, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Pigeon Forge road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Pigeon Forge takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 July, daily temperatures in Pigeon Forge can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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.