13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h
1
Mansfield
— Few hours
Drive:  6​h
2
Tunica
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
3
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Nashville
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Dallas

few
hours
Mansfield

Mansfield ©
Mansfield is a small city in and the parish seat of DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): witness the site of a historic battle at Mansfield State Historic Site and then examine the collection at Mansfield Female College Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mansfield day trip planner.

Dallas to Mansfield is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. In December in Mansfield, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Tunica.

Things to do in Mansfield

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mansfield State Historic Site ©
Mansfield State Historic Site

1
day
Tunica

Tunica ©
Tunica is a town in and the county seat of Tunica County, Mississippi, near the Mississippi River. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Tunica Museum, try your luck at Gold Strike Casino, and then try to win big at Horseshoe Casino.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tunica day trip planner.

You can drive from Mansfield to Tunica in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Mansfield in December; daily highs in Tunica reach 49°F and lows reach 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Tunica

Fun & Games Casinos Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gold Strike Casino ©
Gold Strike Casino
Tunica Museum ©
Tunica 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 28th (Fri), contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally try your luck at Southland Park Gaming and Racing. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): stop by Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc., then don't miss a visit to Graceland, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Memphis trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tunica to Memphis takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Tunica in December, expect nights in Memphis to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Fun & Games Casinos

Side Trip

Southland Park Gaming and Racing
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Griffin's Studio and Opry Mills. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lotz House Museum and Belle Meade Plantation. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and admire the landmark architecture of The Parthenon.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Nashville are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Franklin, Griffin's Studio
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

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.
On the 3rd (Thu), see the interesting displays at Creative Discovery Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tennessee Aquarium, and then take a stroll through Bluff View Art District. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Ruby Falls, then take in the history at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and then look for gifts at McKay Used Books.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga trip planner .

Getting from Nashville to Chattanooga by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga due to the time zone difference. In January, plan for daily highs up to 50°F, and evening lows to 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
Tennessee Aquarium ©
Tennessee Aquarium
Bluff View Art District ©
Bluff View Art District

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Walker Sisters' Cabin, then examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, and then contemplate the long history of The Old Mill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Fowler's Clay Works, steep yourself in history at Little Greenbrier School, get to know the fascinating history of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, then sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and finally do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Gatlinburg vacation maker site .

You can drive from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In January in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 29°F at night. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge
Highlights from your plan
Fowler's Clay Works ©
Fowler's Clay Works
Titanic Museum Attraction ©
Titanic Museum Attraction
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company

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