12 days in Tennessee & Asheville Itinerary

12 days in Tennessee & Asheville Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

Make it your trip
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Asheville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Knoxville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 2 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, then trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, then explore and take pictures at Newfound Gap Road, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park day trip planning website.

Orlando to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in October, things will get slightly colder in Great Smoky Mountains National Park: highs are around 74°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Asheville

— 2 nights

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
On the 24th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Biltmore, explore the wealth of natural beauty at The North Carolina Arboretum, and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Asheville day trip planner.

You can take a bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Asheville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Asheville, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Knoxville.

Things to do in Asheville

Nature · Tours · Parks · Museums

Knoxville

— 2 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Knoxville, get interesting insight from Navitat Knoxville, and then take in the pleasant sights at Strong Alley (Graffiti Alley). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Market Square, then examine the collection at Smoky Mountain Knife Works, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Old Tennessee Distilling.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Knoxville online travel planner.

Drive from Asheville to Knoxville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Knoxville

Tours · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chattanooga

— 1 night

Dynamo of Dixie

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
On the 27th (Tue), observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium, take in the dramatic scenery at Ruby Falls, and then take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Knoxville to Chattanooga takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): take in the history at Lotz House Museum, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Smith Creek Moonshine.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nashville journey planner.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Side Trip

Memphis

— 2 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Memphis to Tunica to see Horseshoe Tunica about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Graceland, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, make a trip to The Peabody Ducks, and gain insight at Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 77°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Tennessee travel guide

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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.