15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee tour planner

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Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
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Ocoee
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and 5 Rivers Adventures. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Walker Sisters' Cabin and Noah Bud Ogle Cabin. Take a break from Gatlinburg with a short trip to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, about 34 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 7th (Sun) at Dollywood. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, steep yourself in history at Little Greenbrier School, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

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Chicago to Gatlinburg is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Traveling from Chicago to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ocoee.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Ocoee

— 2 nights
On the 11th (Thu), let the river carry you with Adventures Unlimited and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 12th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Bald River Falls, then do a tasting at Savannah Oaks Winery, and then relax and float downstream with Ocoee Outdoors, Inc..

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Drive from Gatlinburg to Ocoee in 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Ocoee

Adventure · Parks · Tours · Nature

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.
Attractions like Grand Ole Opry and Lotz House Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Visit Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery and McGavock Confederate Cemetery for their historical value. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to Franklin (Carter House & Carnton). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Franklin, and sample the fine beverages at Prichard's Distillery.

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Getting from Ocoee to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Traveling from Ocoee to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Nightlife

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sun Studio and Graceland. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and St. Peter Catholic Church. And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo, and stop by Lansky.

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Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July in Memphis, expect temperatures between 91°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.