14 days in Tennessee Itinerary

14 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee visit planner

Make it your trip
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Memphis
— 1 night
Drive
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Hartford
— 3 nights
Drive to Asheville Regional Airport, Fly to Edmonton International Airport

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Memphis

— 1 night

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Beale Street, then get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, then contemplate the long history of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, and finally look for gifts at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, then stroll the grounds of Elmwood Cemetery, then browse the exhibits of Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and finally get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo.

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Edmonton, Canada to Memphis is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Edmonton to Memphis, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Edmonton in September, with highs in Memphis at 36°C and lows at 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Nashville

— 2 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.
On the 4th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then snap pictures at Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge, then get engrossed in the history at Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville, and finally examine the collection at Patsy Cline Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Thu): examine the collection at Lane Motor Museum, then see the interesting displays at The George Jones, then stop by Savannah's Candy Kitchen, and finally explore the world behind art at Frist Art Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip planner.

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect little chillier evenings in Nashville when traveling from Memphis in September, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Chattanooga

— 2 nights

Dynamo of Dixie

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): look for gifts at Moon Pie General Store, then examine the collection at Creative Discovery Museum, then examine the collection at Songbirds, and finally examine the collection at Coker Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Hunter Museum of American Art, then examine the collection at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, then examine the collection at International Towing and Recovery Museum, and finally witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields.

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Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Gatlinburg

— 4 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.
Alum Cave Trail has been added to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Grotto Falls Parking and Freenotes Harmony Park. Escape the urban bustle at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Tuckaleechee Caverns. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Smoky Mountain Knife Works (in Sevierville). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, and take in the exciting artwork at Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg online trip builder.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. In September in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hartford.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Hartford

— 3 nights
Raft Outdoor Adventures has been added to your itinerary. On the 11th (Wed), sample the fine beverages at Bootleggers Distillery. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Mouse Creek Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Midnight Hole Falls, and then let the river carry you with Raft Outdoor Adventures.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hartford tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Hartford takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Hartford

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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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.