15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee travel route 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Baptist Church, cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, and then take some stellar pictures from Look Rock Tower. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at East Tennesse Historical Society, then steep yourself in history at Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse, then explore the fascinating underground world of Tuckaleechee Caverns, and finally take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

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Manchester, UK to Knoxville is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Knoxville is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Manchester in July, things will get a bit warmer in Knoxville: highs are around 87°F and lows about 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Knoxville

Tours · Museums · Nature · Parks

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.
Bring the kids along to Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies and Dollywood. The adventure continues: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take a leisurely stroll along The Island in Pigeon Forge, stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte.

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Drive from Knoxville to Gatlinburg in 1.5 hours. July in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

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

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 16th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium, then Head underground at Ruby Falls, and then take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga in 3 hours. July in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 71°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. Change things up with a short trip to Balloon Rides in Franklin (about 54 minutes away). There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, look for gifts at Carter Vintage Guitars, explore the galleries of Lotz House Museum, and steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery.

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You can drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car 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 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at Graceland, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, then steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, and finally stop by Lansky. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then sample some tasty brews at Tastin' 'Round Town, and then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

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Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

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.