17 days in Atlanta & Tennessee Itinerary

17 days in Atlanta & Tennessee Itinerary

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Start: Thomaston
Drive:  1 h 30 min
1
Atlanta
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Benton
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  4 h 45 min
End: Thomaston

2
nights
Atlanta

Atlanta ©
Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Atlanta: Noah's Ark Rehabilitation Center (in Locust Grove), Hills & Dales Estate (in LaGrange) and Booth Western Art Museum (in Cartersville). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Georgia Aquarium, partake in some friendly competition at The Escape Game Atlanta, admire the majestic nature at Chastain Park, and admire the masterpieces at National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Atlanta visit planner.

Thomaston to Atlanta is an approximately 1.5- hour car ride. In June, daytime highs in Atlanta are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Noah's Ark Rehabilitation Center, Hills & Dales Estate, Booth Western Art Museum
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Georgia Aquarium ©
Georgia Aquarium
World of Coca-Cola ©
World of Coca-Cola
Hills & Dales Estate ©
Hills & Dales Estate

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy (in Sevierville). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, and take a leisurely stroll along The Island in Pigeon Forge.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Atlanta to Gatlinburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and car. June in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing, Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy
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River Rafting & Tubing
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

3
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
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: stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, take in the dramatic scenery at Abrams Falls Trail, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is very close to Gatlinburg. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Benton.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

1
night
Benton

Benton ©
Benton is a town in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the activities along Adventures Unlimited and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Benton travel tool.

Explore your travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Benton with the Route module. In June, daytime highs in Benton are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Benton

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Adventures Unlimited
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Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
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, explore the galleries of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nashville trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Benton to Nashville takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. June in Nashville sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill) ©
The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill)
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

2
nights
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.
On the 16th (Tue), browse the exhibits of Graceland, stop by Lansky, then steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, and finally steep yourself in history at Sun Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: gain insight at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Memphis trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Graceland
Graceland
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel ©
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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