12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Fly
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Maryville
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Ocoee
— 2 nights
Fly

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Memphis

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter Catholic Church, then steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, then make a trip to Beale Street, and finally pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. Here are some ideas for day two: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then see the interesting displays at Graceland, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Memphis online attractions planner.

Newark to Memphis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Memphis due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Memphis: highs are around 89°F and lows about 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games

3
nights
Nashville

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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nashville trip site.

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In July in Nashville, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

3
nights
Gatlinburg

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.
Explore Gatlinburg's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, walk around Freenotes Harmony Park, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte.

Make your Gatlinburg itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg. In July, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Maryville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

2
nights
Maryville

Maryville is a city and the county seat of Blount County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): stroll through Abrams Falls Trail, take some stellar pictures from Look Rock Tower, and then identify plant and animal life at Cades Cove. Keep things going the next day: cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, look for gifts at Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams, and then admire the sheer force of Bald River Falls.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Maryville trip planner.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Maryville in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Maryville can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ocoee.

Things to do in Maryville

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

2
nights
Ocoee

On the 10th (Wed), let the river carry you with Adventures Unlimited and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Ocoee River and then relax and float downstream with Ocoee Outdoors, Inc..

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ocoee travel planner.

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

Things to do in Ocoee

Adventure · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

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.