12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Shiloh
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Franklin
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
nights
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.
On the 31st (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Graceland, then browse the exhibits of Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

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Newark to Memphis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Memphis are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Shiloh.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Graceland ©
Graceland

1
night
Shiloh

Shiloh ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the history at Shiloh National Military Park, then examine the collection at Tennessee River Museum, and then examine the collection at Buford Pusser Home and Museum.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Shiloh trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Shiloh takes 2 hours. Traveling from Memphis in September, Shiloh is little chillier at night with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Franklin.

Things to do in Shiloh

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Buford Pusser Home and Museum, Tennessee River Museum
Highlights from your plan
Shiloh National Military Park ©
Shiloh National Military Park
Buford Pusser Home and Museum ©
Buford Pusser Home and Museum
Tennessee River Museum ©
Tennessee River Museum

4
nights
Franklin

Franklin ©
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
You'll explore and learn at Carnton and Carter House. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Downtown Franklin and Arrington Vineyards. Change things up with these side-trips from Franklin: Nashville (The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, Downtown Nashville, & more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, browse the exhibits of Lotz House Museum, shop like a local with Gallery 202, and admire the masterpieces at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Franklin trip planner .

Drive from Shiloh to Franklin in 2.5 hours. September in Franklin sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. On the 7th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Franklin

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nashville, Arrington Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Carnton ©
Carnton
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carter House ©
Carter House

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Get in touch with nature at Roaring Fork and Mount LeConte. For shopping fun, head to Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community or Tanger Outlets Sevierville. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend). There's lots more to do: hike along Grotto Falls Trail, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, learn about winemaking at Sugarland Cellars Winery, and take in the exciting artwork at Paul Murray Gallery.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip planner .

Getting from Franklin to Gatlinburg by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. September in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Tuckaleechee Caverns, Tanger Outlets Sevierville
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Grotto Falls Parking ©
Grotto Falls Parking

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