15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip planner
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Chattanooga
— 3 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 6 nights
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Cheekwood and Carnton. Step off the beaten path and head to Lane Motor Museum and Carter House. There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, explore the world behind art at Frist Art Museum, and take a stroll through Downtown Franklin.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nashville trip planner.

London, UK to Nashville is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Traveling from London in April, expect Nashville to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Memphis.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stop by Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, contemplate the long history of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Crystal Shrine Grotto, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Elmwood Cemetery, and then see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis visit planner.

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Memphis are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Chattanooga.
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Raccoon Mountain Caverns and The Lost Sea Adventure. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from Chattanooga: Rock Island State Park (in Rock Island) and Swift Museum Foundation (in Athens). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Chattanooga National Cemetery, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, and look for gifts at Moon Pie General Store.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga online day trip planner.

You can drive from Memphis to Chattanooga in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.
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Gatlinburg — 6 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tennessee Cider Company and Bush's Visitor Center. Step off the beaten path and head to Laurel Falls and Roaring Fork. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Sevierville (Forbidden Caverns & Helicopter Tours). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Hillside Winery, view the masterpieces at Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, browse the different shops at The Village Shops, and sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Shine Company - Gatlinburg.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg online trip builder.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in April, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
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Tennessee travel guide

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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.
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