7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Pigeon Forge
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Memphis trip planner.

New York City to Memphis is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Memphis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in October: highs in Memphis hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 24th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Lotz House Museum, examine the collection at RCA Studio B, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and finally take in the history at Carnton. Keep things going the next day: take in the history at Carter House, see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, then examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally take in the views from Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nashville day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. October in Nashville sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carter House ©
Carter House
Carnton ©
Carnton

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
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 26th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Mountain Farm Museum, examine the collection at Museum of the Cherokee Indian, then stop by Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Distillery - Barrelhouse, and finally do a tasting at Sugarland Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Alewine Pottery, then identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, and finally cruise along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gatlinburg trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg. In October in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Cherokee, Roaring Fork, Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum
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Museum of the Cherokee Indian ©
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

1
night
Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge ©
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.
On the 28th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Smoky Mountain Knife Works, get interesting insight from Tours, sample the fine beverages at Old Forge Distillery, get your game on at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, and finally do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pigeon Forge driving holiday planner .

Pigeon Forge is very close to Gatlinburg. In October in Pigeon Forge, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Highlights from your plan
Smoky Mountain Knife Works ©
Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Zipline
Old Forge Distillery ©
Old Forge Distillery

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