11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Memphis
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Newark

3
nights
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.
Take a break from Memphis with a short trip to Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Graceland, look for gifts at Lansky, get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Memphis Zoo.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip planning site .

Newark to Memphis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Memphis due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Newark in September; daily highs in Memphis reach 87°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Horseshoe Tunica
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, historic sites, fun & games, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, and take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nashville vacation builder website .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Memphis in September since evenings lows in Nashville dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Tours

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

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Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford (about 42 minutes away). Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Gatlinburg holiday planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg is 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Mount LeConte
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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