14 days in Alabama & Tennessee Itinerary

14 days in Alabama & Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States visit planner

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Fly to Valparaiso, Drive to Gulf Shores
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Gulf Shores
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nashville
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sweetwater
— 1 night
Drive
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Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
Fly

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Gulf Shores

— 2 nights
Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Visit Gulf State Park and Alabama Point East for some beach relaxation. Take a break from the city and head to Gulf Shores Public Beach and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's much more to do: hike along Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail - Rosemary Dunes Trailhead, soothe aching muscles at Bodenhamer Recreation Center, and revel in the low prices at Tanger Outlets Foley.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Gulf Shores trip builder website.

New York City to Gulf Shores is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from New York City to Gulf Shores, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in November: highs in Gulf Shores hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Gulf Shores

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Nashville

— 5 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Radnor Lake State Park and Centennial Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Burgess Falls State Park (in Sparta), Stonehaus Winery (in Crossville) and Tennessee Legend Distillery (in Cookeville). And it doesn't end there: gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Franklin, and see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nashville trip itinerary website.

Fly from Gulf Shores to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Gulf Shores in November, expect Nashville to be slightly colder, temps between 62°F and 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sweetwater.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Neighborhoods · Nature

Side Trips

Sweetwater

— 1 night
Sweetwater is a city in Monroe and McMinn counties in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Fort Loudoun State Park, look for gifts at Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams, and then get a dose of the wild on The Lost Sea Adventure.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Sweetwater day trip website.

You can drive from Nashville to Sweetwater in 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Sweetwater is 1 hour. Traveling from Nashville in November, plan for little chillier nights in Sweetwater, with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Sweetwater

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 5 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

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 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse. Step out of the city life by going to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Newfound Gap Road. Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking & Clingmans Dome), Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend) and Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy (in Sevierville). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, admire all the interesting features of Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, and take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Sweetwater to Gatlinburg in 2 hours. November in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Alabama travel guide

4.4
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Military Museums · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.