6 days in Alabama & Tennessee Itinerary

6 days in Alabama & Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

Make it your trip
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Orange Beach
— 1 night
Fly
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Franklin
— 1 night
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
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Orange Beach

— 1 night
Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): hike along Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead and then cast your line with a fishing tour. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Pepper Palace, steep yourself in history at Fort Morgan Historic Site, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Gulf State Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Orange Beach driving holiday planning website.

Atlanta to Orange Beach is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Atlanta to Orange Beach, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Atlanta in March since evenings lows in Orange Beach dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Franklin.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Franklin

— 1 night
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the galleries of Lotz House Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Carter House, then browse the exhibits of Carnton, and finally view the masterpieces at David Arms Gallery.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Franklin trip planning website.

You can fly from Orange Beach to Franklin in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Orange Beach in March, with highs in Franklin at 61°F and lows at 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Franklin

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Alcatraz East Crime Museum and Fowler's Clay Works. Attractions like Laurel Falls and Rockin' Raceway Arcade make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend) and Bush's Visitor Center (in Chestnut Hill). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Big Top Arcade, see the interesting displays at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, take a memorable tour with Tours, and revel in the low prices at Tanger Outlets Sevierville.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge vacation planner.

You can drive from Franklin to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Franklin to Pigeon Forge is 1 hour. In April in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Museums · Theme Parks · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Alabama travel guide

4.4
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Military Museums · Historic Sites
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
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.