7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Memphis
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, then examine the collection at Graceland, and then contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks. On the next day, explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, then don't miss a visit to Beale Street, and then get engrossed in the history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

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New York City to Memphis is an approximately 4.5-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. While traveling from New York City, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Memphis, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nashville.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and finally sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Legend Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sat): see a show at Grand Ole Opry, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, then take in the history at Lotz House Museum, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery.

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Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Titanic Museum Attraction and Tennessee Homemade Wines. Go for a jaunt from Pigeon Forge to Hartford to see River Rafting & Tubing about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Cider Company, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

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You can drive from Nashville to Pigeon Forge in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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Tennessee travel guide

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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.
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