11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  24​h
1
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
2
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly:  24​h
End: Melbourne

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter Catholic Church, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then take an in-depth tour of Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Memphis online trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Memphis is an approximately 24-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Memphis, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Memphis is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Beale Street ©
Beale Street

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Visiting Roaring Fork and Noah Bud Ogle Cabin will get you outdoors. Visit Walker Sisters' Cabin and Little Greenbrier School for their historical value. Step out of Gatlinburg with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Fowler's Clay Works, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and stop by The Old Mill Candy Kitchen.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gatlinburg day trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Memphis to Gatlinburg takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in May, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Lotz House Museum. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Country View Market and Goodlettsville Antique Mall. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Franklin (Gallery 202, Franklin Glassblowing Studio, & more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, admire the masterpieces at Amqui Station and Visitors Center, and examine the collection at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nashville, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Franklin, Country View Market, Amqui Station and Visitors Center, Goodlettsville Antique Mall
Highlights from your plan
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

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