10 days in Nashville, Gatlinburg & Memphis Itinerary

10 days in Nashville, Gatlinburg & Memphis Itinerary

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10 days in Nashville, Gatlinburg & Memphis Itinerary

Start: Haughton
Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
End: Haughton

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Popular historic sites such as Lotz House Museum and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage are in your itinerary. Visiting Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Radnor Lake State Park will get you outdoors. Step out of Nashville to go to Goodlettsville and see Bowen Plantation House, which is approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and explore the world behind art at Frist Art Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip itinerary builder tool .

Haughton to Nashville is an approximately 8.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
RCA Studio B ©
RCA Studio B

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to Roaring Fork and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Clingmans Dome and River Rafting & Tubing. Step out of Gatlinburg with an excursion to Dry Falls in Highlands--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Grotto Falls Trail, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg online route planner .

You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dry Falls, River Rafting & Tubing, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

2
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
On the 14th (Fri), try to win big at Southland Park Gaming and Racing, examine the collection at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Memphis Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis vacation maker .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. June in Memphis sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Southland Park Gaming and Racing
Highlights from your plan
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

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