10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Tampa

1
night
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 30th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Sun Studio and then make a trip to Graceland.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip itinerary maker website .

Tampa to Memphis is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tampa to Memphis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tampa in May: high temperatures in Memphis hover around 80°F and lows are around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

3
nights
Nashville

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 1st (Fri): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, then steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, then examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nashville trip planner .

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Nashville are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Neighborhoods Museums Tours

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

1
night
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
On the 3rd (Sun), Head underground at Ruby Falls and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tennessee Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Chattanooga day trip app .

You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Tennessee Aquarium ©
Tennessee Aquarium
Ruby Falls ©
Ruby Falls

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, steep yourself in history at Walker Sisters' Cabin, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, and meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg road trip site .

You can drive from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. June in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
River Rafting & Tubing
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

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