15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  5 h
1
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Nashville
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Knoxville
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Chicago

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sun Studio and Stax Museum of American Soul Music. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, examine the collection at Graceland, and get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Memphis trip planner.

Chicago to Memphis is an approximately 5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a train. In April, Memphis is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

4
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Get some cultural insight at Carnton and Carter House. Head to The Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop and Gallery 202for some retail therapy. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to George Dickel Distillery (in Tullahoma), Arrington Vineyards (in Arrington) and McGavock Confederate Cemetery (in Franklin). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, visit Downtown Nashville, see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and wander the streets of Downtown Franklin.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nashville online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in April, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Franklin, George Dickel Distillery, Arrington Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Carter House ©
Carter House
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin
Carnton ©
Carnton

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): Head underground at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, then witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, then get to know the fascinating history of Bluff View Art District, and finally take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Chattanooga trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga is 1 hour. In April, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Knoxville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
Highlights from your plan
Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields ©
Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
Bluff View Art District ©
Bluff View Art District

1
night
Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
On the 19th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Market Square, then see the interesting displays at Smoky Mountain Knife Works, and then buy something for everyone on your list at West Town Mall.

Start your trip to Knoxville by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Chattanooga to Knoxville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In April, daytime highs in Knoxville are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Knoxville

Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Highlights from your plan
Smoky Mountain Knife Works ©
Smoky Mountain Knife Works
West Town Mall ©
West Town Mall
Market Square ©
Market Square

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.
Get outdoors at Tuckaleechee Caverns and Laurel Falls. Discover out-of-the-way places like Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Sugarland Cellars. Explore Gatlinburg's surroundings by going to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Clingmans Dome & Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail) and Bush's Beans Visitor Center (in Chestnut Hill). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, take a memorable tour with Tours, and do a tasting at Mountain Valley Winery.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Gatlinburg tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Knoxville to Gatlinburg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In April in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Tanger Outlets Sevierville, Bush's Beans Visitor Center, Tuckaleechee Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse ©
Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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