17 days in Tennessee Itinerary

17 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee route planner

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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Jackson
— 1 night
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 4 nights
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Knoxville
— 4 nights
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Nashville

— 3 nights

Music City U.S.A.

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, take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, and wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nashville road trip app.

Toronto, Canada to Nashville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Toronto in April, plan for much hotter days in Nashville, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Nashville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Neighborhoods · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Jackson

— 1 night
Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): admire the majestic nature at Pinson Mounds State Park, browse for treasures at Carriage House Antique Market & Cafe', then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Samuel T Bryant Distillery, and finally do a tasting at Century Farm Winery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jackson trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Jackson takes 2.5 hours. In April in Jackson, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Jackson

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Memphis

— 3 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
Memphis is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Graceland, meet the residents at Memphis Zoo, gain insight at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and examine the collection at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Memphis road trip planning app.

Drive from Jackson to Memphis in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Childrens Museums

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 4 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

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: explore and take pictures at Little River Road, trek along Middle Prong Trail, take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Memphis to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Memphis to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is 1 hour. In April, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Knoxville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Knoxville

— 4 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knoxville: Gatlinburg (Thistle Dew!, Sugarlands Distilling Company, &more), Pigeon Forge (Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Tennessee Shine Company, &more) and Sevier Distilling Company (in Sevierville).

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Knoxville trip planning app.

You can take a bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Knoxville in 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Knoxville can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Theme Parks · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
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.