13 days in Tennessee & Mississippi Itinerary

13 days in Tennessee & Mississippi Itinerary

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13 days in Tennessee & Mississippi Itinerary

Start: Chattanooga
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Franklin
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Tupelo
— 1 night
Bus:  2​h
3
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Vicksburg
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Natchez
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Taxi:  6​h 45​min
6
Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Chattanooga

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Carnton and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Franklin.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Franklin trip planner .

Chattanooga to Franklin is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Franklin are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tupelo.

Things to do in Franklin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Carnton ©
Carnton
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carter House ©
Carter House

1
night
Tupelo

Tupelo ©
Tupelo is the county seat and the largest city of Lee County, Mississippi. You've now added Natchez Trace Pkwy to your itinerary. On the 6th (Wed), stop by Tupelo Hardware Company, then stroll through Natchez Trace Pkwy, then examine the collection at Tupelo Automobile Museum, and finally examine the collection at Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Tupelo travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Franklin to Tupelo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Tupelo

Scenic Drive Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Natchez Trace Pkwy ©
Natchez Trace Pkwy
Tupelo Automobile Museum ©
Tupelo Automobile Museum
Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum ©

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 7th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Memphis travel route planning site .

Getting from Tupelo to Memphis by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June in Memphis, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vicksburg.

Things to do in Memphis

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

few
hours
Vicksburg

Vicksburg ©
Vicksburg is the only city and county seat of Warren County, Mississippi, United States. To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vicksburg holiday planner .

Getting from Memphis to Vicksburg by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Vicksburg are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Natchez.

Things to do in Vicksburg

Museums
Highlights from your plan
U.S.S. Cairo Museum ©
U.S.S. Cairo Museum

3
nights
Natchez

Natchez ©
Natchez is the county seat and only city of Adams County, Mississippi, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Natchez City Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Longwood, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary Basilica, and finally admire the masterpieces at Stratton Chapel Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): stop by Darby's Famous Fudge, then admire the striking features of First Presbyterian Church, then get engrossed in the history at Rosalie Mansion, and finally contemplate the long history of Stanton Hall.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Natchez tour planner .

Drive from Vicksburg to Natchez in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in June, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Natchez

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Natchez City Cemetery ©
Natchez City Cemetery
Longwood ©
Longwood
Rosalie Mansion ©
Rosalie Mansion

5
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Roaring Fork and Laurel Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend). The adventure continues: hike along Grotto Falls Trail, admire the verdant scenery at Cades Cove, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and cruise along Newfound Gap Road.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Gatlinburg route planning site .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi from Natchez to Gatlinburg in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Natchez to Gatlinburg. In June, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, River Rafting & Tubing, Tuckaleechee Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Grotto Falls Parking ©
Grotto Falls Parking

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