11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip planner

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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Shiloh
— 1 night
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Gatlinburg

— 3 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.
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Little Greenbrier School will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tennessee Homemade Wines and Fowler's Clay Works. Take a break from Gatlinburg with a short trip to Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg itinerary maker site.

New York City to Gatlinburg is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in May: highs in Gatlinburg hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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.
Popular historic sites such as Lotz House Museum and Carter House are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Downtown Nashville and The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, see the interesting displays at : Gallery of Iconic Guitars, get engrossed in the history at Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville, and shop like a local with Smith Creek Moonshine.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nashville trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. Traveling from Gatlinburg to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Shiloh.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Shiloh

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the majestic nature at Pickwick Landing State Park, see the interesting displays at Buford Pusser Home and Museum, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Shiloh National Military Park.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Shiloh day trip planning tool.

Drive from Nashville to Shiloh in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Shiloh

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Memphis

— 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sun Studio and The Peabody Ducks. Graceland and Beale Street are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, look for gifts at Memphis Music, explore the world behind art at Withers Collection Museum & Gallery, and learn the secrets of beer at Tastin' 'Round Town.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis tour builder website.

Drive from Shiloh to Memphis in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Memphis are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

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.