15 days in Texas & Tennessee Itinerary

15 days in Texas & Tennessee Itinerary

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15 days in Texas & Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
San Antonio
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Austin
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Franklin
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Gatlinburg
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Ocoee
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Manchester

3
nights
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the architecture and history at Mission San Jose, admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan, then take in the history at Mission Espada, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Alamo. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, then admire the architecture and history at Mission Concepcion, then pause for some serene contemplation at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral, and finally shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our San Antonio trip itinerary builder tool .

Manchester, UK to San Antonio is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to San Antonio is minus 6 hours. In August, San Antonio is much hotter than Manchester - with highs of 43°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose
Mission Espada ©
Mission Espada

2
nights
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Barton Springs Pool, then admire the landmark architecture of Texas State Capitol, and then admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill. On the next day, get engrossed in the history at Bullock Texas State History Museum, get great views at Mount Bonnell, then pause for some photo ops at Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue, and finally hike along Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Austin itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from San Antonio to Austin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Austin sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Austin

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Barton Springs Pool ©
Barton Springs Pool
Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail ©
Lady Bird Lake Hike-and-Bike Trail

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
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 30th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis day trip site .

Getting from Austin to Memphis by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight; or drive. When traveling from Austin in August, plan for little chillier days in Memphis, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 26°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Franklin.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

1
night
Franklin

Franklin ©
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
On the 31st (Fri), steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum and then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Franklin online attractions planner .

You can drive from Memphis to Franklin in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. In August, daytime highs in Franklin are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Franklin

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©

6
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Visit Walker Sisters' Cabin and Noah Bud Ogle Cabin for their historical value. Visiting Roaring Fork and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail & Clingmans Dome). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, cruise along Newfound Gap Road, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and hike along Alum Cave Trail.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg day trip tool .

Drive from Franklin to Gatlinburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. August in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ocoee.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

1
day
Ocoee

Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ocoee trip maker tool .

Getting from Gatlinburg to Ocoee by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Ocoee, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ocoee

Adventure Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

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