12 days in Tennessee, Alabama & Mississippi Itinerary

12 days in Tennessee, Alabama & Mississippi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

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Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
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Fort Payne
— 3 nights
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Shiloh
— 1 night
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Tupelo
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg

— 5 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Rainbow Falls Trail. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Christmas Place and Tanger Outlets Sevierville. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking & Clingmans Dome) and Townsend (Tuckaleechee Caverns & Horseback Riding Tours). Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, view the masterpieces at Fowler's Clay Works, and get great views at Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg planning 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. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in November since evenings lows in Gatlinburg dip to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Payne.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Fort Payne

— 3 nights
Fort Payne is a city in and county seat of DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Little River Canyon National Preserve and Cathedral Caverns State Park. Take a break from the city and head to DeSoto State Park and True Adventure Sports. Take a break from Fort Payne with a short trip to Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro, about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Desoto Falls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sallie Howard Memorial Baptist Church, and make a trip to Little River Canyon Center.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Fort Payne trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Fort Payne takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Gatlinburg to Fort Payne is minus 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Shiloh.

Things to do in Fort Payne

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Shiloh

— 1 night
On the 25th (Wed), look for gifts at Shiloh Museum and Gift Shop, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiloh National Military Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Pickwick Landing State Park.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Shiloh day trip planner.

You can drive from Fort Payne to Shiloh in 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tupelo.

Things to do in Shiloh

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Tupelo

— 2 nights
Tupelo is the county seat and the largest city of Lee County, Mississippi. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore and take pictures at Natchez Trace Pkwy and then see the interesting displays at Tupelo Automobile Museum. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Tupelo Hardware Company and then contemplate the long history of Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tupelo online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Shiloh to Tupelo takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in November, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tupelo

Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.

Alabama travel guide

4.4
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Military Museums · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Mississippi travel guide

3.5
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.