15 days in Rocky Mountain National Park & Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Rocky Mountain National Park & Tennessee Itinerary

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15 days in Rocky Mountain National Park & Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + Drive:  10​h
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 15​min
2
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Chattanooga
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Detroit

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 8th (Sat), admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, take some stellar pictures from Farview Curve Overlook, then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park online road trip planner .

Detroit to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and car; or drive. Traveling from Detroit to Rocky Mountain National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in June, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are somewhat warmer (87°F), and nights are a bit cooler (54°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Bear Lake ©
Bear Lake

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.
When in Memphis, make a side trip to see Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, approximately 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Graceland, admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter Catholic Church, and get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Memphis online vacation planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Rocky Mountain National Park to Memphis in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park to Memphis, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, Memphis is a bit warmer at night with lows of 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Horseshoe Tunica
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

3
nights
Nashville

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, historic sites, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill).

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June in Nashville, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Tours Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chattanooga side-trips: Ocoee (Ocoee Outdoors, Inc., River Rafting & Tubing, & more). There's still lots to do: partake in some friendly competition at Escape Experience - Chattanooga, take in panoramic vistas at Ruby Falls, stop by The Spice & Tea Exchange of Chattanooga, and take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga vacation builder tool .

Drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Ocoee
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Tennessee Aquarium ©
Tennessee Aquarium

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.
Explore Gatlinburg's surroundings by going to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg online travel route planner .

You can drive from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. In June in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood, River Rafting & Tubing
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
River Rafting & Tubing
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

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