13 days in Tennessee Itinerary

13 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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13 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Portland
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Memphis
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
2
Adamsville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Cookeville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Portland

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): examine the collection at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, gain insight at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then stroll the grounds of Elmwood Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, and finally stop by Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip planner .

Portland to Memphis is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Portland to Memphis is 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Portland in July: high temperatures in Memphis hover around 91°F and lows are around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Adamsville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Elmwood Cemetery ©
Elmwood Cemetery
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

1
night
Adamsville

Adamsville ©
Adamsville is a town in Hardin and McNairy counties, Tennessee. On the 20th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Buford Pusser Home and Museum, examine the collection at Tennessee River Museum, steep yourself in history at Cherry Mansion, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Shiloh National Cemetery, and finally take in the history at Shiloh National Military Park.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Adamsville visit planner .

You can drive from Memphis to Adamsville in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Memphis in July, expect little chillier with lows of 69°F in Adamsville. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Adamsville

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Savannah, Shiloh National Military Park
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Shiloh National Military Park ©
Shiloh National Military Park
Buford Pusser Home and Museum ©
Buford Pusser Home and Museum
Tennessee River Museum ©
Tennessee River Museum

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Centennial Park. Carter House and Lane Motor Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Carnton in Franklin (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Downtown Franklin, examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum, and get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown).

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip planner .

You can drive from Adamsville to Nashville in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Cookeville.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Franklin
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Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin
Carnton ©
Carnton
Carter House ©
Carter House

1
night
Cookeville

Cookeville ©
Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Cookeville History Museum, sample the tasty concoctions at Red Silo Brewing Company, then see the interesting displays at Cookeville Depot Museum, then do a tasting at DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards, and finally admire the sheer force of Cummins Falls State Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Cookeville day trip planning app .

Drive from Nashville to Cookeville in 1.5 hours. July in Cookeville sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Cookeville

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards
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Cummins Falls State Park ©
Cummins Falls State Park
DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards ©
DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards
Cookeville Depot Museum ©
Cookeville Depot Museum

2
nights
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): hop aboard Tennessee Valley Railroad (TVR), cast your line with a fishing tour, snap pictures at Walnut Street Bridge, then witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Tennessee Riverpark, have fun and explore at Creative Discovery Museum, explore and take pictures at Engel Stadium, then partake in some friendly competition at Escape Experience - Chattanooga, and finally sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Chattanooga trip planner .

Getting from Cookeville to Chattanooga by car takes about 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cookeville to Chattanooga. In July in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
Highlights from your plan
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum ©
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Tennessee Riverpark ©
Tennessee Riverpark

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tennessee Homemade Wines and Smoky Mountain Knife Works. Take a break from the city and head to Grotto Falls Trail and Forbidden Caverns. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, get in on the family fun at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Distillery - Barrelhouse, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg by car takes about 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville, Tuckaleechee Caverns, The Coaster at Goats on the Roof
Highlights from your plan
Forbidden Caverns ©
Forbidden Caverns
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Grotto Falls Parking ©
Grotto Falls Parking

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