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Old 03-08-2014, 08:28 AM   #1
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Pigeon Forge, Nashville, Memphis TN

Hi All,

We are planning a trip to TN this summer. We are thinking 2 weeks, and plan to stop in Pigeon Forge/ Gatlinburg Smokey Mountain area. We are traveling with another family and a total of 6 kids ages 10, 13, 16 and 18. What things should be on our "must do list" and how much time should we spend in this area.

From there we would like to go to Nashville. Any campground recommendations there? What are the "must dos?" Grand Ole Opry, but what else? How many days would you plan for this area?

We also want to visit Graceland. Are there a lot of other things to do there? Should we plan an overnight, or just make it a day trip while visiting Nashville? If overnight, where to stay?

Thanks in advance!!


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Old 03-08-2014, 01:48 PM   #2
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You have the Loretta Lynn Ranch, Hurricane Mills TN. Parked along the river, horse riding available, Toured Loretta's home.
Loretta Lynn Ranch

I camped outside the city limits of Nashville at Army Corp of Engr (ACOE) 7 Points @ Percy Lake, Nashville. Spacious and a lake to swim and fish in. I've stayed in Space #40 & 29 Reservations is a Must.http://www.lrn.usace.army.mil/Locati...venPoints.aspx

In Nashville, visit the Visitors Bureau first Take the trolly tour to get the lay of the land. I enjoyed: Ryman Theater (Old GO Opry) w/ Back Stage & show, New GO Opry House w/Back Stage tour & show, Walk Broadway and 2nd Street, RCA Studio B, CM Hall of Fame & Museum, Crazy Horse Saloon, Coyote Ugly Saloon, Tootsies, Legends, Music City Trolly, American Pickers Mike Wolfe's Antique Archeology, Bicential Mall and Nashville Farmers Market, Parthenon. Beautiful in day and lot of neon at nite. Watch and read parking signs and meters - or you'll get ticketed.

Visit George Dickel Whisky Distillery George Dickel - Home and Jack Daniels Whiskey Distillery, Lynchburg area http://www.jackdaniels.com

If you come by Chattanooga, there is the
Train Station and Chattanooga Choo Choo track 29. Kids can climb all over it.
In Gatlinburg park car in garage near – Ole Smokeys Moonshine Distillery (free samples), Cooters, Star's Car Museum.
In Pigeon Forge - Pigeon Forge, TN - Official Travel Guide to Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains went to Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show, Murder Mystery Dinner Show, Dollywood.

In Memphis ,there is a campground next to Graceland. It is convenient and has security. http://www.elvispresleyblvdrvpark.com/index.php Figure one full day for Graceland. Another to visit Sun Studios, Rock n Soul Museum, and walk the streets of Beale Street (Blues Music) and motorcycle show/parking on Wednesday afternoons.

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There are a lot of great state parks in Tennessee. One you might pass is Natchez Trace State Park just off interstate 40. In Jackson you might stop at Casey Jones Village. Shiloh Park is not to far out of the way if your interested in the Civil War.
Near Memphis is Tom Sawyer RV Park, nothing special but many love it, right on the river, pretty view.
The zoo in Memphis is very nice.
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If you go to Dollywood watch out.. Entrance fee will bust your wallet and its really not worth the price..Never again for us.
The aquarium in Gatlinberg however is awesome, Not cheap either but worth the price.
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Hey there neighbor. Deep Creek just outside of Cherokee is a spot I've been to twice and have reservations for in September. They have tubing for the kids and there's a steam train in town that offers day long trips through the mountains. There's more to do with the kids in Pigeon Forge than you'll have time for.
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Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but Memphis is not a "day trip" from Nashville. You'll want to stay in Memphis. Lots to see there. Graceland is a must see. Also, Beale Street has some great restaurants. Stop by the Lorraine Motel, where MLK was assasinated. Worth a look. We've stayed at the Heartbreak Hotel Campground. It's pretty nice and they have a shuttle service to Graceland.
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President Andrew Jackson's residence called The Heritage is in/near Nashville and good for a couple hour tour.

South of Memphis maybe 25-30 miles is a Corps of Engineers Park
Arkabutla Lake
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3905 Arkabutla Dam Rd
Coldwater, MS 38618-6548
Phone: (662) 562-6261

Like most other COE Parks on a lake, nice RV spots, water & electricity at the site and dump at the exit.
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It is called the Hermitage and it is a very nice tour. (Sorry for the correction).

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