13 days in Tennessee Itinerary

13 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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13 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Chattanooga
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Ducktown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Cosby
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Townsend
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Houston

3
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.
Explore Chattanooga's surroundings by going to Ocoee (River Rafting & Tubing & Adventures Unlimited). There's much more to do: put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Experience - Chattanooga, Head underground at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, get great views at Lookout Mountain, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium.

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Houston to Chattanooga is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Houston in July: high temperatures in Chattanooga hover around 90°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ducktown.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ocoee
Highlights from your plan
Tennessee Aquarium ©
Tennessee Aquarium
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Ducktown

Ducktown is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): explore the activities along Ocoee Outdoors, Inc., then examine the collection at Ducktown Basin Museum, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ducktown trip planner.

Getting from Chattanooga to Ducktown by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Chattanooga in July; daily highs in Ducktown reach 84°F and lows reach 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Cosby.

Things to do in Ducktown

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

Ocoee Outdoors, Inc.
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Ducktown Basin Museum ©
Ducktown Basin Museum

4
nights
Cosby

Cosby is an unincorporated community in Cocke and Sevier counties in the U.S. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cosby: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Mount LeConte, & more). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, enjoy breathtaking views from Mt Cammerer Fire Tower, take in the dramatic scenery at Hen Wallow Water Falls, and explore the activities along 5 Rivers Adventures.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Cosby trip builder .

Getting from Ducktown to Cosby by car takes about 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Townsend.

Things to do in Cosby

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Hartford
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

4
nights
Townsend

Townsend ©
The quietest of the three main entrances to the World Heritage-listed national park encompassing part of the Great Smoky Mountains, Townsend is a low-key town.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Townsend: Bald River Falls (in Tellico Plains) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Chimney Tops Trail, Chimneys Picnic Area, & more). The adventure continues: head outdoors with The Sinks, stroll through Abrams Falls Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Spruce Flats Falls, and stroll around Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.

Plan trip to Townsend with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Cosby to Townsend takes 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Townsend

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bald River Falls
Highlights from your plan
Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail

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