12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee vacation planner
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
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Ocoee
— 1 day
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Chattanooga — 2 nights

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 6th (Wed), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, ponder the design of Coolidge Park, and then sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun and explore at Creative Discovery Museum, then go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and then take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Chattanooga sightseeing planner.

Dallas to Chattanooga is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Chattanooga is 1 hour. In July, Chattanooga is little chillier than Dallas - with highs of 90°F and lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ocoee.
Parks · Tours · Nature · Childrens Museums

Ocoee — 1 day

On the 8th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Ocoee River and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ocoee vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Ocoee takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in July, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.
Adventure · Tours · Nature · Parks
Side Trip

Gatlinburg — 4 nights

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). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, make a splash at Dollywood, get in on the family fun at The Island in Pigeon Forge, and do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg holiday maker app.

You can drive from Ocoee to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In July, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nashville.
Breweries & Distilleries · Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Side Trips

Nashville — 3 nights

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, and take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nashville trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to drive to Memphis.
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Memphis — 2 nights

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 16th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, don't miss a visit to Beale Street, and then pause for some photo ops at Statue of Elvis. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio and then see the interesting displays at Graceland.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Memphis driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. July in Memphis sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 74°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Museums

Tennessee travel guide

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Distilleries · Specialty Museums · 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.