15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee attractions planner

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

— 2 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Graceland and National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sun Studio and Beale Street. Change things up with these side-trips from Memphis: Covington's Historic Square (in Covington) and S.Y. Wilson and Company (in Arlington). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks and see the interesting displays at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis road trip planning app.

Dublin, Ireland to Memphis is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dublin to Memphis, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in May: highs in Memphis hover around 31°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Country View Market and Spring Hill Antique Mall. Andrew Jackson's Hermitage and Downtown Presbyterian Church will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Franklin (David Arms Gallery & Gallery 202). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, stop by Downtown Nashville, and steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Nashville trip planner.

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In May in Nashville, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Ruby Falls, stop by Lodge Factory Store, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns. On the next day, shop like a local with Hart Gallery Tennessee, sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, then take in the exciting artwork at In-Town Gallery, and finally browse for treasures at Knitting Mill Antiques.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Chattanooga trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Visiting Zipline and Roaring Fork will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Fowler's Clay Works and The Old Mill Candy Kitchen. Venture out of the city with trips to Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Little River Road, trek along Alum Cave Trail, pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gatlinburg online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg takes 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Knoxville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Knoxville

— 3 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at First Baptist Church, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Annabells Emporium And Cafe, then explore and take pictures at Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, and finally get great views at Look Rock Tower. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Citico Wildlife Wilderness, then Head underground at Tuckaleechee Caverns, and then see the interesting displays at Smoky Mountain Knife Works.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Knoxville trip planner.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Knoxville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Knoxville are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks · Shopping · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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.