11 days in Texas, Tennessee & Kentucky Itinerary

11 days in Texas, Tennessee & Kentucky Itinerary

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San Antonio
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Austin
— 2 nights
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Memphis
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Louisville
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
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Ocoee
— 1 night
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San Antonio

The Alamo City

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): get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, then contemplate the long history of The Alamo, and then contemplate the long history of Mission San Jose.

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Houston to San Antonio is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in San Antonio can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Austin

— 2 nights

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 7th (Fri), test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Austin, get a sense of history and politics at Texas State Capitol, and then hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, admire the natural beauty at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Barton Springs Pool, and finally look for gifts at Waterloo Records.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, refer to the Austin road trip site.

Getting from San Antonio to Austin by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Austin are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Austin

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

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 (Sun): get engrossed in the history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then see the interesting displays at Graceland, and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Memphis tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Austin to Memphis takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 89°F, while at night they dip 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

Nashville

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): 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. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville travel planner.

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Nashville are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Louisville.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Nightlife

Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
On the 12th (Wed), snap pictures at The Big Four Bridge, examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then steep yourself in history at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Louisville road trip planning site.

You can drive from Nashville to Louisville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Louisville

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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.
Step out of Gatlinburg to go to Hartford and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 14th (Fri) at Dollywood. There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Gatlinburg day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Louisville to Gatlinburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. In June, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Ocoee.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Ocoee

— 1 night
On the 16th (Sun), let the river carry you with Adventures Unlimited and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ocoee route builder site.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Ocoee takes 3 hours. In June in Ocoee, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ocoee

Adventure · Parks · Tours

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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

4.4
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.

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.