18 days in Tennessee Itinerary

18 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee sightseeing planner

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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

— 5 nights

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 Ramsey Cascades. Do your shopping at Fowler's Clay Works and Old Forge Plaza. Explore Gatlinburg's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, explore and take pictures at Newfound Gap Road, stop by The Old Mill Candy Kitchen, and walk around Chimneys Picnic Area.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg day trip website.

San Francisco to Gatlinburg is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from San Francisco to Gatlinburg. 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.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Chattanooga

— 4 nights

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.
Shop till you drop at Lodge Factory Store and Hart Gallery Tennessee. Step out of the city life by going to Ruby Falls and River Rafting & Tubing. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Chattanooga National Cemetery, view the masterpieces at In-Town Gallery, see the interesting displays at Coker Museum, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga trip planner.

Drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in April, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Nashville

— 5 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Lotz House Museum and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. 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, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, 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

Side Trips

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.
Sun Studio and Beale Street will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Covington's Historic Square and S.Y. Wilson and Company. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, see the interesting displays at Graceland, and stroll the grounds of Memphis National Cemetery.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
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.