11 days in United States Itinerary

11 days in United States Itinerary

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11 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
2
Knoxville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Charlotte

3
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Little Greenbrier School. Take a break from the city and head to Roaring Fork and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, don't miss a visit to Elkmont Ghost Town, admire the verdant scenery at Cades Cove, and trek along Chimney Tops Trail.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip planner .

Charlotte to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus. In August in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Knoxville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove

3
nights
Knoxville

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Head to Fowler's Clay Works and McKay Used Books & CDsfor some retail therapy. Visiting Roaring Fork and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knoxville: Titanic Museum Attraction (in Pigeon Forge), River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Gatlinburg (Sugarlands Distilling Company & Paul Murray Gallery). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Knoxville trip itinerary planning app .

You can take a bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Knoxville in 1.5 hours. In August in Knoxville, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Titanic Museum Attraction, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, shop like a local with Franklin Glassblowing Studio, then shop like a local with Gallery 202, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Upper Room Chapel & Christian Museum, and then take a stroll through Downtown Nashville.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nashville travel planner.

Getting from Knoxville to Nashville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Knoxville to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In August in Nashville, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Nightlife

Side Trip

Franklin
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then examine the collection at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, then admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter Catholic Church.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Memphis online route maker .

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. August in Memphis sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art ©
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art

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