11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Memphis
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Memphis

— 1 night

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 9th (Fri): steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Graceland, contemplate the long history of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then stop by Lansky.

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Kansas City to Memphis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Memphis are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Nashville

— 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lotz House Museum and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. Do some cultural sightseeing at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Gallery 202. Step out of Nashville to go to Franklin and see Franklin Antique Mall, which is approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: see a show at Grand Ole Opry, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Smith Creek Moonshine, see the interesting displays at Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville, and get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

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Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Chattanooga

— 2 nights

Dynamo of Dixie

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Ruby Falls and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of River Gallery, then view the masterpieces at In-Town Gallery, then take in the exciting artwork at Hart Gallery Tennessee, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

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You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Gatlinburg

— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Fowler's Clay Works and Smoky Mountain Knife Works are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Roaring Fork. Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: Cades Cove (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park), Zipline (in Hartford) and Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy (in Sevierville). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, take in the dramatic scenery at Ramsey Cascades, and learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

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You can drive from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure

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.