10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee sightseeing planner

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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Knoxville
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Nashville

— 2 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Stones River National Battlefield and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Get some cultural insight at Frist Art Museum and Marathon Village. Step out of Nashville with an excursion to Oaklands Mansion in Murfreesboro--about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, get engrossed in the history at Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville, and stop by Smith Creek Moonshine.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nashville trip planner.

Los Angeles to Nashville is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in December: high temperatures in Nashville hover around 53°F and lows are around 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Memphis

— 3 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): examine the collection at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then stroll the grounds of Elmwood Cemetery, then examine the collection at Metal Museum, and finally make a trip to Beale Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at The Peanut Shoppe, steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and finally appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis road trip planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Memphis are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Knoxville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Knoxville

— 2 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, explore and take pictures at Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, look for gifts at Christmas Place, then do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery, and finally sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Shine Company. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Knoxville Museum of Art, take an in-depth tour of East Tennesse Historical Society, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Baptist Church.

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You can fly from Memphis to Knoxville in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Memphis to Knoxville. In December, daily temperatures in Knoxville can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Knoxville

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nashville

— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, then take a stroll through The District, and finally examine the collection at The George Jones.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Nashville trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Knoxville to Nashville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Parks

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
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.