11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  5​h
1
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Ocoee
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
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 a sense of the local culture at Tennessee Homemade Wines and Walker Sisters' Cabin. Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Little Greenbrier School will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, learn about winemaking at Mill Bridge Winery, trek along Alum Cave Trail, and sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine.

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

New York City to Gatlinburg is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. August in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ocoee.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Trails

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

1
night
Ocoee

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Adventures Unlimited and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ocoee trip maker website .

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Ocoee in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Ocoee

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited

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.
Lotz House Museum and Belle Meade Plantation will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Downtown Nashville. Venture out of the city with trips to Franklin (Carter House & McLemore House). The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nashville online holiday maker .

You can drive from Ocoee to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Franklin, Bowen Plantation House
Highlights from your plan
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, and finally admire the striking features of St. Peter Catholic Church. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Peabody Ducks and then make a trip to Graceland.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Memphis journey planning tool .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. August in Memphis sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

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

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