10 days in Kentucky, Gatlinburg & Nashville Itinerary

10 days in Kentucky, Gatlinburg & Nashville Itinerary

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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Mammoth Cave National Park

— 2 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): meet the residents at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo and then hike along Tall Man's Misery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave and then stroll through Fat Man's Misery.

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Maple Park to Mammoth Cave National Park is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In September in Mammoth Cave National Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gatlinburg

— 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Gatlinburg is known for breweries & distilleries, zoos & aquariums, and wineries. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, get in on the family fun at The Island in Pigeon Forge, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

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Getting from Mammoth Cave National Park to Gatlinburg by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Mammoth Cave National Park to Gatlinburg. In September, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nashville

— 4 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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting.

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Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 62°F. On the 25th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Kentucky travel guide

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Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.