15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip planner

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Memphis
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
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Knoxville
— 3 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 5 nights
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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 1st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Graceland and then explore the world behind art at Withers Collection Museum & Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Beale Street, explore the galleries of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, then steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, and finally stop by Lansky.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis day trip planning site.

Houston to Memphis is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Houston in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Memphis, with lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Nashville

— 3 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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, stop by Downtown Nashville, admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nashville vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. May in Nashville sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

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 (Thu): stroll the grounds of Chattanooga National Cemetery and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Tennessee Aquarium, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruby Falls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain.

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You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 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 May, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Knoxville

— 3 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knoxville: River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford), Gatlinburg (Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies & Fowler's Clay Works) and Pigeon Forge (Dollywood, Titanic Museum Attraction, &more).

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Drive from Chattanooga to Knoxville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Knoxville

Theme Parks · Parks · Tours · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 5 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

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.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for wildlife, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, identify plant and animal life at Cades Cove, take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, and hike along Alum Cave Trail.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Knoxville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. In May, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

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.