12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Ocoee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  5​h
End: New York City

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 17th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and then contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Graceland, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Elvis.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis journey planner .

New York City to Memphis is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Memphis: highs are around 89°F and lows about 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo

3
nights
Nashville

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, fun & games, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and take a stroll through Downtown Nashville.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville holiday planner.

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Nashville are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ocoee.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

1
night
Ocoee

Ocoee ©
On the 23rd (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Adventures Unlimited and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ocoee online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Ocoee takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Ocoee is 1 hour. June in Ocoee sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Ocoee

Nature Parks Adventure
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Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
River Rafting & Tubing

5
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Kids will appreciate attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Step out of Gatlinburg to go to Hartford and see 5 Rivers Adventures, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 25th (Tue) at Dollywood. Pack the 26th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, get interesting insight from Tours, admire the natural beauty at Parrot Mountain & Gardens, and walk around Chimneys Picnic Area.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Ocoee to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. In June in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Theme Parks Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, Hartford, Chimneys Picnic Area
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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