11 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

11 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

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11 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

Start: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Pigeon Forge (Dollywood, Titanic Museum, & more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, stroll through Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, trek along Chimney Tops, and cruise along Newfound Gap Road.

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Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Nashville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
River Rafting & Tubing
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

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Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 20th (Sun), take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, get engrossed in the history at Lotz House Museum, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

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You can take a bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Nashville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

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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 22nd (Tue), make a trip to Beale Street, then meet the residents at Memphis Zoo, and then try to win big at Horseshoe Casino. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio., and then make a trip to Graceland.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Memphis online travel planner .

Fly from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in May, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Horseshoe Tunica
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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