11 days in Louisville, Nashville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

11 days in Louisville, Nashville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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11 days in Louisville, Nashville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Drive:  3​h 30​min
1
Louisville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h
End: Estero

2
nights
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 18th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Kentucky Derby Museum and then try your luck at Churchill Downs. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Frazier History Museum, see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then take in the views from The Big Four Bridge, and finally Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Louisville trip itinerary builder.

Columbus to Louisville is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. In September in Louisville, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Louisville

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Kentucky Derby Museum ©
Kentucky Derby Museum
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©

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.
Step out of Nashville with an excursion to Lotz House Museum in Franklin--about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see a show at Grand Ole Opry, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at RCA Studio B.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nashville trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Louisville to Nashville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

5
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Get out of town with these interesting Gatlinburg side-trips: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome, & more). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, cool off at Dollywood, get to know the fascinating history of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Gatlinburg travel planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Gatlinburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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