8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip itinerary maker

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Memphis
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 4 nights
Fly

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Memphis

— 1 night

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

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Austin to Memphis is an approximately 10.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Austin in May, plan for slightly colder days in Memphis, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites

Nashville

— 2 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.
On the 31st (Mon), examine the collection at Lane Motor Museum, then steep yourself in history at Carnton, and then get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of Lotz House Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Carter House, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The George Jones.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nashville tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Pigeon Forge

— 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bush's Visitor Center and Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Do your shopping at Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community and Fowler's Clay Works. Get out of town with these interesting Pigeon Forge side-trips: River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford), Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend) and Forbidden Caverns (in Sevierville). There's much more to do: trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, find something for the whole family at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, and examine the collection at Alcatraz East Crime Museum.

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Drive from Nashville to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge. In June, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

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.