10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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10 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  6​h 45​min
1
Franklin
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  5​h
End: New York City

4
nights
Franklin

Franklin ©
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Downtown Franklin and Pigeon River. Get some historical perspective at Carter House and Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Montgomery Bell State Park (in Burns) and H Clark Distillery (in Thompson s Station). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, explore and take pictures at Winstead Hill Park, take an in-depth tour of McLemore House, and browse the fresh offerings at Franklin Farmers Market.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Franklin online sightseeing planner .

New York City to Franklin is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Franklin. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Franklin

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Montgomery Bell State Park, H Clark Distillery, Pigeon River
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Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carter House ©
Carter House

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Grotto Falls Trail and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roaring Fork and Dollywood's Splash Country Water Adventure Park. Explore Gatlinburg's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford), Forbidden Caverns (in Sevierville) and Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and cruise along Newfound Gap.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gatlinburg journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from Franklin to Gatlinburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing, Forbidden Caverns, Tuckaleechee Caverns
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Pigeon Forge ©
The Escape Game Pigeon Forge
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome

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