18 days in Tennessee Itinerary

18 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
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Chattanooga
— 4 nights
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Nashville
— 5 nights
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and River Rafting & Tubing. Do your shopping at The Old Mill Candy Kitchen and Fowler's Clay Works. Step out of Gatlinburg to go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see Clingmans Dome, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, trek along Gatlinburg Trail, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip maker website.

San Francisco to Gatlinburg is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

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Mount LeConte ©
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Mount LeConte
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Ruby Falls and River Rafting & Tubing. Do your shopping at Lodge Factory Store and In-Town Gallery. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, Head underground at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, take in the exciting artwork at Hart Gallery Tennessee, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chattanooga day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga in 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Museums

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Ruby Falls ©
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Ruby Falls
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Andrew Jackson's Hermitage and Belle Meade Plantation. Head to Country View Market and Opry Millsfor plenty of shopping. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to Franklin (David Arms Gallery & Franklin Farmers Market) and Spring Hill Antique Mall (in Spring Hill). And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, explore the galleries of Lotz House Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Downtown Presbyterian Church, and get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nashville vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Chattanooga to Nashville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville is minus 1 hour. In April, daytime highs in Nashville are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods

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Grand Ole Opry ©
Must see
Grand Ole Opry
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Lotz House Museum ©
Must see
Lotz House Museum
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Downtown Nashville ©
Neighborhood
Downtown Nashville
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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.
Sun Studio and S.Y. Wilson and Company will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Memphis with a short trip to Covington's Historic Square in Covington, about 1 hour away. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, stroll the grounds of Memphis National Cemetery, admire the masterpieces at Withers Collection Museum & Gallery, and explore the galleries of Graceland.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Memphis road trip planning app.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. April in Memphis sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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