11 days in Texas & Tennessee Itinerary

11 days in Texas & Tennessee Itinerary

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San Antonio
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San Antonio — 1 night

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 16th (Sat), take in the history at Mission San Jose, admire nature's wide array of creatures at San Antonio Zoo, then see the interesting displays at Ripley's Believe It or Not! San Antonio, then get engrossed in the history at The Alamo, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, find something for the whole family at SeaWorld, then walk around Friedrich Wilderness Park, and finally find something for the whole family at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

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The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to San Antonio. In July, daytime highs in San Antonio are 98°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Austin.
Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Austin — 2 nights

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 18th (Mon), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, stroll through Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail, then ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol, and finally don't miss a visit to Congress Avenue Bridge Bat Watching. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at Texas Memorial Museum, look for gifts at Waterloo Records, then take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Austin sees daily highs of 98°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Ocoee.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Ocoee — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Ocoee River and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Ocoee road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Austin to Ocoee takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Ocoee is 1 hour. In July, Ocoee is little chillier than Austin - with highs of 89°F and lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.
Adventure · Tours · Nature · Parks
Side Trip

Gatlinburg — 4 nights

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: Helicopter Tours (in Sevierville) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, trek along Alum Cave Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Ramsey Cascades, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg vacation planner.

Drive from Ocoee to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nashville.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Nashville — 2 nights

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): visit Downtown Nashville, see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. Keep things going the next day: take in the history at Lotz House Museum, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July in Nashville, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 70°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Texas travel guide

Specialty Museums · History Museums · Room Escape Games
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Tennessee travel guide

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.