14 days in Memphis, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Perdido Key Itinerary

14 days in Memphis, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Perdido Key Itinerary

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14 days in Memphis, Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Perdido Key Itinerary

Start: Rockwall
Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Memphis
— 3 nights
drive:  6​h
2
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 6 nights
drive:  9​h
3
Perdido Key
— 4 nights
Drive:  10​h 15​min
End: Rockwall

3
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.
You've now added Graceland to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Sun Studio and then make a trip to Graceland.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Memphis trip planner .

Rockwall to Memphis is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 74°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Graceland ©
Graceland

6
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Meigs Falls, Sugarland Riding Stables and Roaring Fork. Popular historic sites such as Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Walker Sisters' Cabin are in your itinerary. Bring the kids along to Grotto Falls Trail and Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, head outdoors with The Sinks, contemplate the long history of Little Greenbrier School, and hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Memphis in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with lows of 69°F. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin ©
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Grotto Falls Parking ©
Grotto Falls Parking

4
nights
Perdido Key

Perdido Key ©
Big Lagoon State Park has been added to your itinerary. On your second day here, tee off at Lost Key Golf Club, look for gifts at Perdido Key Seafood, and then admire the majestic nature at Big Lagoon State Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Perdido Key, use our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Perdido Key. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Perdido Key, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Perdido Key when traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in July, with lows around 75°F. On the 16th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Perdido Key

Outdoors Golf Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Lost Key Golf Club ©
Lost Key Golf Club
Big Lagoon State Park ©
Big Lagoon State Park
Perdido Bay Golf Club ©
Perdido Bay Golf Club

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