18 days in Memphis, Nashville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

18 days in Memphis, Nashville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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18 days in Memphis, Nashville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

Start: St. George
car:  26​h
1
Memphis
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 7 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  56​h
End: St. George

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Graceland, Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, don't miss a visit to Crystal Shrine Grotto, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street.

Before you visit Memphis, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

St. George to Memphis is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from St. George to Memphis due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge, Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Mississippi River State Park, Cypress Grove Nature Park
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Crystal Shrine Grotto ©
Crystal Shrine Grotto

7
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Window Cliffs State Natural Area, David Crockett State Park, Bowie Nature Park, and other attractions you added. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nashville: Lost River Cave (in Bowling Green) and Casey Jones Distillery (in Hopkinsville). And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, immerse yourself in nature at Radnor Lake State Park, admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. May in Nashville sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. You'll set off for Lynchburg on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lost River Cave, Burgess Falls State Park, Window Cliffs State Natural Area, Bowie Nature Park, Cummins Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Casey Jones Distillery ©
Casey Jones Distillery
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Keep things going the next day: walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and then cruise along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. You will leave for home on the 31st (Sun).

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Chimneys Picnic Area
Highlights from your plan
Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook ©
Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook

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