11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Bus
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Knoxville
— 3 nights
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Nashville

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.
Step out of Nashville with an excursion to Soar Adventure Tower in Franklin--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, go on a hair-raising tour with Franklin on Foot, and wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nashville online trip maker.

Cleveland to Nashville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Cleveland to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cleveland in October, you will find days in Nashville are a bit warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours · Museums · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Memphis

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 4th (Sun): examine the collection at Graceland, then look for gifts at Memphis Music, then steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, and finally contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): go on a hair-raising tour with Backbeat Tours, make a trip to Beale Street, and then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Memphis day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, daytime highs in Memphis are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

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A Wondrous Diversity of Life

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.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for wildlife, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Cades Cove, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail, and appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park road trip website.

You can fly from Memphis to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Great Smoky Mountains National Park when traveling from Memphis in October, with lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Knoxville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Knoxville

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knoxville: Pigeon Forge (Dollywood, Titanic Museum Attraction, &more) and Gatlinburg (Zipline, Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, &more).

Plan my day in Knoxville using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Take a bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Knoxville in 2 hours. In October in Knoxville, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

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.