5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Make it your trip
— 1 day
Pigeon Forge
— 2 nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights


Nashville — 1 day

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and then see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

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Austin to Nashville is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Austin in March, expect Nashville to be little chillier, temps between 61°F and 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pigeon Forge.
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Pigeon Forge — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, then shop like a local with Fowler's Clay Works, and finally admire the natural beauty at Parrot Mountain & Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: experience the excitement of Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, then examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, then get in on the family fun at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, and finally get in on the family fun at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pigeon Forge attractions 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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Pigeon Forge. In March, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 2 nights

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
On the 17th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Alum Cave Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and then explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops Trail. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, explore and take pictures at Little River Road, then admire all the interesting features of Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Spruce Flats Falls.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Great Smoky Mountains National Park day trip tool.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a short distance from Pigeon Forge. In March, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails
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Tennessee travel guide

Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Historic Sites
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.