15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee itinerary planner

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Fly to Tupelo, Bus to Memphis
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Henderson
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jamestown
— 1 night
Drive
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Gatlinburg
— 5 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): make a trip to The Peabody Ducks, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, take an in-depth tour of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, then don't miss a visit to Beale Street, and finally stop by Lansky. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Graceland, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Collierville TN Historic District, and then explore the galleries of Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip planner.

London, UK to Memphis is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time is minus 6 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in May: high temperatures in Memphis hover around 31°C and lows are around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Henderson.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Henderson

— 2 nights
Henderson is a city in Chester County, Tennessee, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Buford Pusser Home and Museum, take in the history at Shiloh National Military Park, and then immerse yourself in nature at Pinson Mounds State Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at The West Tennessee Agriculture Museum, witness the site of a historic battle at The Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Association, and then witness the site of a historic battle at Parkers Crossroads Battlefield Tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Henderson trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Memphis to Henderson in 2 hours. May in Henderson sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Henderson

Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Nashville

— 2 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.
On the 14th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, take in the history at Lotz House Museum, then examine the collection at RCA Studio B, and finally contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, stop by Downtown Nashville, and then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nashville online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Henderson to Nashville takes 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Nashville are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Signal Point, then take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally meet the residents at Tennessee Aquarium. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at North Chickamauga Creek, explore the engaging exhibits at Creative Discovery Museum, then have fun and explore at Wayne-O-Rama, and finally put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Experience - Chattanooga Escape Room Games.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chattanooga online travel route builder.

You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 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. May in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Jamestown.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Jamestown

— 1 night
Jamestown is a city in Fentress County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): do a tasting at Highland Manor Winery, immerse yourself in nature at Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Pickett CCC Memorial State Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Jamestown trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Jamestown takes 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chattanooga to Jamestown due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chattanooga in May, things will get little chillier in Jamestown: highs are around 28°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Jamestown

Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Tennessee Homemade Wines. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Roaring Fork and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. When in Gatlinburg, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford, approximately Hartford away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 20th (Wed) at Dollywood. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, and stroll around Freenotes Harmony Park.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jamestown to Gatlinburg takes 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Jamestown to Gatlinburg. In May, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.