15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
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Chattanooga
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 4 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 inner history buff will appreciate Sun Studio and National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. Let the collections at Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Graceland capture your imagination. There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, stop by Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip maker tool.

Portland to Memphis is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Portland to Memphis. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Portland in July, with highs in Memphis at 91°F and lows at 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tuckaleechee Caverns and Laurel Falls. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum and Tanger Outlets Sevierville. Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: Bush's Visitor Center (in Chestnut Hill), Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking & Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail) and Forbidden Caverns (in Sevierville). Spend the 28th (Wed) exploring nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Next up on the itinerary: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Forge Distillery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip planning website.

You can fly from Memphis to Gatlinburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Traveling from Memphis to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Memphis in July, expect little chillier with lows of 69°F in Gatlinburg. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Chattanooga

— 3 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.
Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields and Bluff View Art District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as The Lost Sea Adventure and Rock Island State Park. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Ocoee (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns, sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, and explore the engaging exhibits at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Visit Lotz House Museum and Carter House for their historical value. Let the collections at Carnton and Frist Art Museum capture your imagination. When in Nashville, make a side trip to see McGavock Confederate Cemetery in Franklin, approximately Franklin away. There's still lots to do: hang with the cowboys and cowgirls at The George Jones, immerse yourself in nature at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, take an in-depth tour of Tennessee State Museum, and catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Nashville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.