15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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

4
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). Pack the 12th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at The Island in Pigeon Forge. There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, view the masterpieces at Fowler's Clay Works, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip itinerary maker website .

Detroit to Gatlinburg is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Detroit in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Gatlinburg, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chattanooga: Ocoee (Ocoee Outdoors, Inc., River Rafting & Tubing, & more). There's still lots to do: partake in some friendly competition at Escape Experience - Chattanooga, make a trip to Coolidge Park Antique Carousel, sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, and take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Chattanooga road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Ocoee
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River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Tennessee Aquarium ©
Tennessee Aquarium

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: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nashville road trip planning app .

Drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville due to the time zone difference. June in Nashville sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Tours 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

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Memphis to Tunica to see Horseshoe Casino about 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Graceland, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, and explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Memphis day trip planning website .

Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Memphis are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Horseshoe Tunica
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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