19 days in Tennessee Itinerary

19 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee tour planner

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Memphis
— 7 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 3 nights
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Sevierville
— 3 nights
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Memphis

— 7 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Memphis: Hampson Archeological Museum State Park (in Wilson), Oxford (The University of Mississippi Museum & Thacker Mountain Rail Trail) and Forrest L Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center (in Jonesboro). There's much more to do: explore the galleries of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Memphis Zoo, and add some entertainment to your itinerary with The Orpheum Theatre.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Memphis online route planner.

Orlando to Memphis is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Orlando to Memphis due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Orlando in March; daily highs in Memphis reach 63°F and lows reach 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Nashville

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the fine beverages at Smith Creek Moonshine, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville online trip planner.

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In March, plan for daily highs up to 61°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks

Chattanooga

— 1 night

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 25th (Wed): put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Experience - Chattanooga Escape Room Games, then have fun and explore at Wayne-O-Rama, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruby Falls, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Fun & Games

Gatlinburg

— 2 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.
You've now added Minnehaha Falls to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Minnehaha Falls, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gatlinburg road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in March, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Wineries

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge

— 3 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Horseback Riding Tours, Bald River Falls, Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, find something for the whole family at Dollywood, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky, and do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge trip planner.

Pigeon Forge is just a stone's throw from Gatlinburg. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in March, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sevierville.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Sevierville

— 3 nights
Lying at the foothills of the Great Smokies, Sevierville is a friendly tourist town with plenty of Southern charm.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Shine Co., find something for the whole family at NASCAR SpeedPark Smoky Mountains, and then look for gifts at Smoky Mountain Knife Works. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Rainforest Adventures, get to know the resident critters at Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy, and finally Head underground at Forbidden Caverns.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sevierville trip website.

Sevierville is very close to Pigeon Forge. In March, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 39°F. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sevierville

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Tours

Tennessee travel guide

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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.