18 days in Tennessee & North Carolina Itinerary

18 days in Tennessee & North Carolina Itinerary

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Fly
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Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nashville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Asheville
— 4 nights
Fly to Norfolk, Drive to Corolla
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Corolla
— 2 nights
Drive to Norfolk, Fly to Atlanta

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Memphis

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Graceland and then try your luck at Horseshoe Tunica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of Stax Museum of American Soul Music, appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, then don't miss a visit to Beale Street, and finally stop by Lansky.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Memphis trip itinerary maker tool.

Atlanta to Memphis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Atlanta to Memphis. In September, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos

Side Trip

4
nights
Nashville

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.
When in Nashville, make a side trip to see McLemore House in Franklin, approximately Franklin away. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Grand Ole Opry, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nashville attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Memphis in September since evenings lows in Nashville dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

2
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Chattanooga

Dynamo of Dixie

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Historic Western & Atlantic Railroad Tunnel, get to know the fascinating history of Bluff View Art District, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium, and finally sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Ruby Falls, then look for gifts at Lodge Factory Store, and then do a tasting at Look Out Winery.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Chattanooga online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. September in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

3
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Gatlinburg

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Gatlinburg is known for breweries & distilleries, zoos & aquariums, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, learn about winemaking at Mill Bridge Winery, and take in the waterfront at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Gatlinburg day trip website.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries

Side Trips

4
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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Asheville: Falls Park on the Reedy (in Greenville), Dry Falls (in Highlands) and French Broad Adventures (in Marshall). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Biltmore, cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, sample some tasty brews at BREW-ed, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Asheville vacation tool.

Drive from Gatlinburg to Asheville in 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Asheville can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Corolla.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): kick back and relax at Currituck Beach, then see Off-Road Tours, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Back Country Safari Tours. Keep things going the next day: glide peacefully along the water with Coastal Explorations, then enjoy the sand and surf at Carova Beach, and then take a memorable tour with Corolla Adventure Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Corolla day trip website.

Do a combination of flight and car from Asheville to Corolla in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Asheville in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Corolla, with lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Side Trip

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
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.

North Carolina travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.