17 days in South Carolina, Georgia & Tennessee Itinerary

17 days in South Carolina, Georgia & Tennessee Itinerary

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17 days in South Carolina, Georgia & Tennessee Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
Charleston
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Hilton Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Savannah
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
4
Atlanta
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 15​min
5
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

2
nights
Charleston

Charleston ©
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Charleston trip itinerary app .

London, UK to Charleston is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from London to Charleston. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from London in May, with highs in Charleston at 32°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Charleston

Historic Sites Parks Tours
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Magnolia Plantation & Gardens ©
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours
Fort Sumter National Monument ©
Fort Sumter National Monument

2
nights
Hilton Head

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): trek along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, then tour the water at your own pace with Commander Zodiac, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis by the Sea Catholic Church, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hilton Head trip planning site .

Drive from Charleston to Hilton Head in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May in Hilton Head, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Savannah.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Commander Zodiac ©
Commander Zodiac
Speed Boats Tours

2
nights
Savannah

Savannah ©
Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
On the 30th (Thu), make a trip to River Street Savannah, brush up on your military savvy at Webb Military Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Forsyth Park, and finally wander the streets of Savannah Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Pin Point Heritage Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bonaventure Cemetery, then go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Historic Savannah Theatre.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Savannah trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Hilton Head to Savannah in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Savannah are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Atlanta.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Webb Military Museum ©
Webb Military Museum
Savannah Historic District ©
Savannah Historic District
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist ©
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

2
nights
Atlanta

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
On the 1st (Sat), see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Georgia Aquarium, and then take in panoramic vistas at Jackson Street Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta, then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and then have some family-friendly fun at Bad Axe Throwing.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Atlanta trip itinerary app .

Getting from Savannah to Atlanta by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Atlanta

Zoos & Aquariums Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Georgia Aquarium ©
Georgia Aquarium
World of Coca-Cola ©
World of Coca-Cola

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Get out of town with these interesting Gatlinburg side-trips: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). There's much more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and stroll through Chimneys Picnic Area.

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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. In June, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
River Rafting & Tubing
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

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Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, then test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville trip planner .

Drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Tours Fun & Games

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
Highlights from your plan
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Graceland, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to The Peabody Ducks, don't miss a visit to Beale Street, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Memphis Zoo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter Catholic Church.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip maker site .

Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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