15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip planner

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Knoxville
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Knoxville

— 1 night

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
On the 7th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of First Baptist Church, then cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, and then take some stellar pictures from Look Rock Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of East Tennesse Historical Society, steep yourself in history at Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse, then Head underground at Tuckaleechee Caverns, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Knoxville road trip site.

Manchester, UK to Knoxville is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Manchester to Knoxville due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in September; daily highs in Knoxville reach 33°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Knoxville

Tours · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 4 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.
Gatlinburg is known for breweries & distilleries, zoos & aquariums, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take a leisurely stroll along The Island in Pigeon Forge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and get in on the family fun at Dollywood.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg trip planner.

Drive from Knoxville to Gatlinburg in 1.5 hours. In September in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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.
On the 13th (Mon), observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ruby Falls, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga trip tool.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga in 3 hours. In September in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

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.
Go for a jaunt from Nashville to Franklin to see Balloon Rides about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, take in the history at Lotz House Museum, and wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nashville holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September in Nashville, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): browse the exhibits of Graceland, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, then contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, and finally look for gifts at Lansky. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, sample some tasty brews at Tastin' 'Round Town, and then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Memphis trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Nashville in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Memphis, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries

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.