12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Maryville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Ocoee
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Newark

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter Catholic Church, then steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, and finally appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Graceland, and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Memphis trip planner .

Newark to Memphis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Memphis. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Newark in June, with highs in Memphis at 89°F and lows at 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

3
nights
Nashville

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, historic sites, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, browse the exhibits of Lotz House Museum, and take a stroll through Downtown Nashville.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville holiday builder app .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. July in Nashville sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

3
nights
Gatlinburg

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 these side-trips from Gatlinburg: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Gatlinburg itinerary builder .

You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Maryville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

2
nights
Maryville

Maryville ©
Maryville is a city and the county seat of Blount County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Abrams Falls Trail, take some stellar pictures from Look Rock Tower, and then admire the verdant scenery at Cades Cove. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, stop by Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bald River Falls.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Maryville trip planner.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Maryville in 1.5 hours. July in Maryville sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ocoee.

Things to do in Maryville

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams, Bald River Falls
Highlights from your plan
Bald River Falls ©
Bald River Falls
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking ©

2
nights
Ocoee

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the activities along Adventures Unlimited and then get interesting insight from Tours. On your second day here, explore the activities along Ocoee River and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ocoee Outdoors, Inc..

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ocoee online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Maryville to Ocoee in 1.5 hours. In July in Ocoee, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ocoee

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trip

Ocoee River
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Ocoee River
Ocoee River

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