15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee vacation planner

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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
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Memphis

— 3 nights

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.
Memphis is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Graceland, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Memphis Zoo, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Memphis journey planner.

Newark to Memphis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Memphis. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Newark in September: high temperatures in Memphis hover around 87°F and lows are around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

Nashville

— 4 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, and browse the exhibits of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Nashville day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Memphis in September, Nashville is slightly colder at night with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, snap pictures at Walnut Street Bridge, and then meet the residents at Tennessee Aquarium. On the next day, ride a horse along Ocoee HorseRide, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Mash & Hops.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga is 1 hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Tours · Adventure · Nature

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail & Clingmans Dome). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, cool off at Dollywood, and do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Gatlinburg vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
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.