13 days in Tennessee Itinerary

13 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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13 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Gatlinburg
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Ocoee
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Pittsburgh

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): contemplate the long history of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and then make a trip to Graceland.

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Pittsburgh to Memphis is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Pittsburgh to Memphis is minus 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pittsburgh in August: high temperatures in Memphis hover around 90°F and lows are around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Memphis

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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

6
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: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Ramsey Cascades, Clingmans Dome, & more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, admire all the interesting features of Newfound Gap Road, and make a splash at Dollywood.

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Getting from Memphis to Gatlinburg by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Memphis in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Gatlinburg, with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Ocoee.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

2
nights
Ocoee

On the 28th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Adventures Unlimited and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

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You can drive from Gatlinburg to Ocoee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

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River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited

2
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 shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, get engrossed in the history at Lotz House Museum, contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation, and learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

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Traveling by car from Ocoee to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Ocoee to Nashville. In August, daytime highs in Nashville are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites 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

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