16 days in Tennessee Itinerary

16 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee travel planner
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Nashville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Memphis
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Knoxville
— 1 night
Drive
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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Johnson City
— 2 nights

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Nashville — 4 nights

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Lane Motor Museum and Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville will appeal to museum buffs. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Tennessee State Museum and Radnor Lake State Park. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, see the interesting displays at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, explore the world behind art at Frist Art Museum, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Nashville. In September, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Memphis.
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Museums · Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Memphis — 3 nights

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Graceland and Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Museum-lovers will get to explore National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and Metal Museum. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Elmwood Cemetery, admire the striking features of The Orpheum Theatre, and contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Memphis travel planning website.

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Nashville in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 68°F in Memphis. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Chattanooga.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Chattanooga — 2 nights

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.
On the 27th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Signal Point, take in the history at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and then wander the streets of Orchard Knob.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Chattanooga planner.

You can drive from Memphis to Chattanooga in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Memphis to Chattanooga. September in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 65°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Knoxville.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Knoxville — 1 night

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
On the 28th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of East Tennesse Historical Society, admire the masterpieces at Knoxville Museum of Art, then stop by McKay Books Knoxville, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): have fun and explore at Children's Museum of Oak Ridge, engage your brain at American Museum of Science and Energy, and then cast your line with Tennessee River Monsters.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Knoxville online travel planner.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Knoxville in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.
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Museums · Childrens Museums · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Gatlinburg — 3 nights

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Step out of the city life by going to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Roaring Fork. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hollywood Star Cars Museum and Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Fowler's Clay Works, get in on the family fun at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, catch some excitement at Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, and trek along Rainbow Falls Trail.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg trip builder website.

You can drive from Knoxville to Gatlinburg in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in September, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Johnson City.
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Johnson City — 2 nights

Johnson City is a city in Washington, Carter, and Sullivan counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee, with most of the city being in Washington County. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, look for gifts at Olive Oil Divine, and then take an in-depth tour of Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Austin Springs Spa & Salon, then steep yourself in history at Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site, and then steep yourself in history at Gray Fossil Site.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Johnson City day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Johnson City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Gatlinburg in October, expect nights in Johnson City to be about the same, around 47°F, while days are little chillier, around 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Spas
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Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Historic Sites
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.
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