18 days in Tennessee Itinerary

18 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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18 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Chattanooga
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Gatlinburg
— 8 nights
taxi + Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Sydney


2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Memphis Zoo, stop by Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc., then stop by Burke's Book Store, then look for gifts at Memphis Music, and finally stop by A. Schwab.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Memphis trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Memphis is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -16 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in September; daily highs in Memphis reach 36°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo
Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc. ©

3
nights
Nashville

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Do your shopping at Franklin Farmers Market and Opry Mills. There's lots more to do: stop by Hatch Show Print, buy something for everyone on your list at CoolSprings Galleria, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Nashville when traveling from Memphis in September, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Shopping Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Franklin Farmers Market ©
Franklin Farmers Market
Opry Mills ©
Opry Mills

3
nights
Chattanooga

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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Ruby Falls. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at McKay Used Books and Hamilton Place Mall. Take a break from Chattanooga with a short trip to Adventures Unlimited in Ocoee, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tennessee Aquarium, make a trip to Moon Pie General Store, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, and test your team's savvy at Escape Mission Chattanooga.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chattanooga trip planner .

Drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Ocoee
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River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Lookout Mountain ©
Lookout Mountain

8
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Escape the urban bustle at Cades Cove and Mount LeConte. Head to The Old Mill and Three Bears General Storefor plenty of shopping. Explore Gatlinburg's surroundings by going to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Clingmans Dome, Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, & more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, hike along Grotto Falls Trail, explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops, and take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip app .

You can drive from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. September in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 19°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 3rd (Wed).

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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