15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee vacation maker

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Memphis
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Knoxville
— 3 nights
Bus
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 5 nights
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Memphis

— 1 night

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.
On the 6th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Graceland and then explore the world behind art at Withers Collection Museum & Gallery. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, then steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, and finally stop by Lansky.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Memphis road trip site.

Houston to Memphis is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Houston in May since evenings lows in Memphis dip to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's of the Seven Sorrow Catholic Church, and admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In May in Nashville, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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 11th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Chattanooga National Cemetery and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruby Falls, and then take some stellar pictures from Lookout Mountain.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chattanooga trip builder site.

Drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Tours

Side Trip

Knoxville

— 3 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Change things up with these side-trips from Knoxville: Pigeon Forge (Dollywood, Titanic Museum Attraction, &more), Gatlinburg (Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies & Fowler's Clay Works) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Knoxville online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Knoxville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In May, daytime highs in Knoxville are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Knoxville

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 5 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for wildlife, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alum Cave Trail, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, and cruise along Little River Road.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park tour builder website.

Traveling by bus from Knoxville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

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.