15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): stroll through Overton Park. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Graceland, then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and then contemplate the long history of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis online trip itinerary builder .

San Antonio to Memphis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from San Antonio in October, expect Memphis to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

5
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Venture out of the city with trips to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, Cades Cove, & more). Pack the 12th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at The Island in Pigeon Forge. There's still lots to do: make a splash at Dollywood, explore and take pictures at Newfound Gap Road, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Memphis to Gatlinburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Memphis in October, plan for little chillier nights in Gatlinburg, with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge
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Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company

3
nights
Chattanooga

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 Chattanooga's surroundings by going to Ocoee (River Rafting & Tubing & Adventures Unlimited). The adventure continues: get your game on at Escape Mission Chattanooga, make a trip to Walnut Street Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, and stroll through Ross's Landing Park.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Chattanooga trip planner .

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Adventure

Side Trip

Ocoee
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Escape Mission Chattanooga ©
Escape Mission Chattanooga
Tennessee Aquarium ©
Tennessee Aquarium
Ruby Falls ©
Ruby Falls

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, explore the galleries of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, and see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read Nashville trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Nashville takes 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. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

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