10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee tour itinerary planner

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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
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Knoxville
— 1 night
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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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.
Visiting Cades Cove and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Fowler's Clay Works and Alewine Pottery. When in Gatlinburg, make a side trip to see Barber Orchard Fruitstand in Waynesville, approximately Waynesville away. The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, view the masterpieces at Paul Murray Gallery, and hike along Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Fresno to Gatlinburg is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. When traveling from Fresno in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Gatlinburg: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Shopping

Side Trips

Knoxville

— 1 night

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
On the 11th (Mon), admire the striking features of First Baptist Church, then get engrossed in the history at East Tennesse Historical Society, then examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Knife Works, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Knoxville National Cemetery.

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Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Knoxville takes 1.5 hours. In October in Knoxville, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Knoxville

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Chattanooga

— 1 night

Dynamo of Dixie

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 12th (Tue), take in the history at Chickamauga Battlefield, steep yourself in history at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ruby Falls.

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You can drive from Knoxville to Chattanooga in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, view the masterpieces at The Copper Fox Gallery, view the masterpieces at David Arms Gallery, then witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery 202. On the 14th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, visit Downtown Nashville, and then sample the fine beverages at Smith Creek Moonshine.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nashville trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Nashville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville. In October in Nashville, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nightlife

Side Trip

Memphis

— 2 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 15th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Fire Museum of Memphis, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then look for gifts at Lansky, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Graceland and then steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks.

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Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. October in Memphis sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.