11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Tampa, Florida
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Franklin
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
3
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Maryville
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Tampa, Florida

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.
Popular historic sites such as Sun Studio and Beale Street are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Change things up with these side-trips from Memphis: Hampson Archeological Museum State Park (in Wilson) and Horseshoe Tunica (in Tunica). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Graceland and steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip planner.

Tampa to Memphis is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tampa in March, with highs in Memphis at 63°F and lows at 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Franklin.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Hampson Archeological Museum State Park, Horseshoe Tunica
Highlights from your plan
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel ©
Graceland
Graceland

1
night
Franklin

Franklin ©
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Carter Gin Assault Site Park, then witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, then take in the history at Carter House, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Franklin.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Franklin route planner.

Getting from Memphis to Franklin by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Franklin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin
Carter House ©
Carter House

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Downtown Presbyterian Church, and then wander the streets of Downtown Nashville. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, work some fitness into your day at Centennial Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, and finally see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip itinerary builder app.

Nashville is very close to Franklin. In March, daytime highs in Nashville are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Maryville.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
Highlights from your plan
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville
Belle Meade Plantation ©
Belle Meade Plantation

1
night
Maryville

Maryville ©
Maryville is a city and the county seat of Blount County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Cades Cove Museum, cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, then do a tasting at Cades Cove Cellars, then take in the dramatic scenery at Abrams Falls Trail, and finally do a tasting at Blue Goose Farm and Vineyards.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Maryville trip builder website.

You can drive from Nashville to Maryville in 3 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Maryville due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Maryville can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Maryville

Outdoors Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove Cellars
Highlights from your plan
Abrams Falls Trail ©
Abrams Falls Trail
Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking ©
Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking
Blue Goose Farm and Vineyards ©
Blue Goose Farm and Vineyards

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Chimney Tops Trail and Roaring Fork. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, trek along Alum Cave Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and explore the striking landscape of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip planner.

Getting from Maryville to Gatlinburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in March, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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