15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee travel planner

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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
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Knoxville
— 2 nights
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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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Graceland and Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum. Head to Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and Covington's Historic Squarefor plenty of shopping. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, don't miss a visit to Beale Street Landing, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and examine the collection at Railroad & Trolley Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Memphis trip planner.

Austin to Memphis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. June in Memphis sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.
Head to Country View Market and The Copper Fox Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Museum-lovers will appreciate Lotz House Museum and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nashville: Franklin (David Arms Gallery, Carter House, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's of the Seven Sorrow Catholic Church, and catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville tour site.

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Nashville are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Fowler's Clay Works and The Wood Whittlers. You'll explore and learn at Titanic Museum Attraction and Paul Murray Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Gatlinburg side-trips: Hartford (Zipline & River Rafting & Tubing) and Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy (in Sevierville). There's lots more to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, find something for the whole family at Dollywood, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and take a leisurely stroll along The Island in Pigeon Forge.

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You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg is 1 hour. In June in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Knoxville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Knoxville

— 2 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
On the 23rd (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Baptist Church, take an in-depth tour of East Tennesse Historical Society, then see the interesting displays at Smoky Mountain Knife Works, and finally do a tasting at Eagle Springs Winery. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Old Tennessee Distilling, cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, then get great views at Look Rock Tower, and finally steep yourself in history at Historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Knoxville road trip planning site.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Knoxville in 1.5 hours. In June in Knoxville, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
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.