18 days in Tennessee Itinerary

18 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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18 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 15​min
1
Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Maryville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Nashville
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Jackson
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Memphis
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

5
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 outdoors at Roaring Fork and Mount LeConte. Walker Sisters' Cabin and Little Greenbrier School will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, stroll through Metcalf Bottoms Trail, trek along Charlies Bunion, and look for all kinds of wild species at Quiet Walkways.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg day trip website .

Fort Lauderdale to Gatlinburg is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in December, expect Gatlinburg to be cooler, temps between 53°F and 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Maryville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Shine Co.
Highlights from your plan
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

2
nights
Maryville

Maryville ©
Maryville is a city and the county seat of Blount County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take a memorable drive along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, look for all kinds of wild species at ABR's Visitor & Education Center, then admire the verdant scenery at Cades Cove, then admire the sheer force of Abrams Falls Trail, and finally do a tasting at Cades Cove Cellars. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Rocking Chair Farm, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Baptist Church, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bald River Falls.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Maryville itinerary planner .

Getting from Gatlinburg to Maryville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Maryville

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, Rocking Chair Farm, Bald River Falls, First Baptist Church
Highlights from your plan
Bald River Falls ©
Bald River Falls
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking ©

4
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Belle Meade Plantation and Downtown Presbyterian Church are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nashville: Historic Cragfont (in Castalian Springs), Bowie Nature Park (in Fairview) and Carter House (in Franklin). Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, examine the collection at RCA Studio B, and get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nashville trip planner .

Getting from Maryville to Nashville by car takes about 3 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 53°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Franklin, Historic Cragfont, Bowie Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

3
nights
Jackson

Jackson ©
Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Step out of the city life by going to Shiloh National Military Park and Johnsonville State Historic Park. Museum-lovers will get to explore The West Tennessee Agriculture Museum and Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School. Venture out of the city with trips to Alex Haley House Museum (in Henning), Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge (in Stanton) and Cherry Mansion (in Savannah). It doesn't end there: stroll through Pinson Mounds State Park and sample the fine beverages at Samuel T Bryant Distillery LLC.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Jackson journey builder site .

Drive from Nashville to Jackson in 2.5 hours. December in Jackson sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Jackson

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinson Mounds State Park, The West Tennessee Agriculture Museum, Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School, Alex Haley House Museum, Cherry Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Samuel T Bryant Distillery LLC ©
Samuel T Bryant Distillery LLC
Shiloh National Military Park ©
Shiloh National Military Park
Pinson Mounds State Park ©
Pinson Mounds State Park

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Graceland and Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and Memphis National Cemetery. Step out of Memphis to go to Collierville and see Collierville TN Historic District, which is approximately 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get your game on at Sun Studio, contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, stop by Lansky, and make a trip to Beale Street.

Before you visit Memphis, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Jackson to Memphis in 1.5 hours. In January in Memphis, expect temperatures between 50°F during the day and 32°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

Collierville TN Historic District
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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