11 days in Texas, Tennessee & Kentucky Itinerary

11 days in Texas, Tennessee & Kentucky Itinerary

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11 days in Texas, Tennessee & Kentucky Itinerary

Start: Houston
bus:  3​h
1
San Antonio
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Austin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Louisville
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
6
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Ocoee
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Houston

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San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, steep yourself in history at The Alamo, and then admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Antonio trip itinerary maker app .

Houston to San Antonio is an approximately 3-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in San Antonio can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Austin, get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, and then stroll through Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, identify plant and animal life at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool, and finally stop by Waterloo Records.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Austin tour planner.

Drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Austin are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Austin ©
The Escape Game Austin
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool

1
night
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 9th (Sun): appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, don't miss a visit to Graceland, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Memphis trip itinerary builder website .

Fly from Austin to Memphis in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

2
nights
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 10th (Mon): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nashville route planner.

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In June in Nashville, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Louisville.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours Museums Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Beer Tastings & Tours
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill) ©

1
night
Louisville

Louisville ©
Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the views from The Big Four Bridge, then see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then browse the exhibits of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Louisville trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Louisville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Nashville to Louisville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Louisville

Historic Sites Museums Nature
Highlights from your plan
Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory ©

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford (about 42 minutes away). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 14th (Fri) at Dollywood. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and get your game on at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Gatlinburg tour app .

You can drive from Louisville to Gatlinburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. June in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ocoee.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

1
night
Ocoee

On the 16th (Sun), explore the activities along Adventures Unlimited and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Ocoee trip planner .

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Ocoee takes 3 hours. June in Ocoee sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ocoee

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

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