14 days in Philadelphia, Tennessee & Waco Itinerary

14 days in Philadelphia, Tennessee & Waco Itinerary

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14 days in Philadelphia, Tennessee & Waco Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
1
Philadelphia
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Franklin
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Waco
— 4 nights
End: Waco

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night
Philadelphia

Philadelphia
Steeped in cultural and historical heritage, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of U.S.
For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Philadelphia travel itinerary creator.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Philadelphia. In June, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. You will leave for Gatlinburg on the 19th (Mon).

Things to do in Philadelphia

Parks Outdoors Nightlife

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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 19th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then find something for the whole family at Rockin' Raceway. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, then trek along Grotto Falls Trail, and then learn about winemaking at Sugarland Cellars.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg vacation trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Philadelphia to Gatlinburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Franklin.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Theme Parks Trails

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Room Escape Games
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Grotto Falls Parking ©
Grotto Falls Parking

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Franklin

Franklin ©
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
On the 21st (Wed), steep yourself in history at Carnton Plantation and then get engrossed in the history at Lotz House Museum. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin, stroll through Winstead Hill Park, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Franklin on Foot.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Franklin vacation trip planner.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Franklin in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Franklin due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Franklin are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Franklin

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Henry Horton State Park
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Carnton ©
Carnton
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): see a show at Grand Ole Opry. Here are some ideas for day two: immerse yourself in nature at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, trek along Belmont Mansion, and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nashville vacation planner.

Nashville is just a short distance from Franklin. In June, daytime highs in Nashville are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Centennial Park ©
Centennial Park
Belmont Mansion ©
Belmont Mansion

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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 26th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, then learn more about the world around you at Pink Palace Family of Museums, and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, then admire the striking features of Orpheum Theatre, and then try your luck at Gold Strike Casino.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Memphis trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Waco.

Things to do in Memphis

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Gold Strike Casino, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
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Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park ©
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
The Orpheum Theatre ©
The Orpheum Theatre

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Waco

Waco ©
Sightseeing in Waco offers many possibilities in a medium-sized town on the Brazos River in central Texas.
Kids will enjoy Cameron Park Zoo and Topsey Exotic Ranch & Drive Thru Safari. Visiting Gorman Falls and Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Waco: Fort Parker State Park (in Mexia), Fiesta Winery (in Lometa) and Old Fort Parker (in Groesbeck).

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Waco vacation trip planner.

You can fly from Memphis to Waco in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Waco can reach 94°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Waco

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Fiesta Vineyard & Winery, Fort Parker State Park, Gorman Falls, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Topsey Exotic Ranch & Drive Thru Safari
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Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center ©
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Fort Parker State Park ©
Fort Parker State Park
Cameron Park Zoo ©
Cameron Park Zoo

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