20 days in Tennessee, Gulf Shores & Panama City Beach Itinerary

20 days in Tennessee, Gulf Shores & Panama City Beach Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Jackson
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Franklin
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Gulf Shores
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Panama City Beach
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26

Memphis — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Sun Studio. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Catholic Church, deepen your understanding at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, then get engrossed in the history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally try your luck at Horseshoe Tunica.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Memphis driving holiday planner.

Glasgow, UK to Memphis is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Glasgow to Memphis is minus 6 hours. When traveling from Glasgow in October, plan for much warmer days in Memphis, with highs around 29°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jackson.
more
Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Casinos · Nightlife
Side Trip

Jackson — 3 nights

Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shiloh National Military Park and Corinth National Cemetery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Johnsonville State Historic Park and Casey Jones Mini Golf. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jackson: Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School (in Brownsville) and Corinth Contraband Camp (in Corinth). It doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Samuel T Bryant Distillery and learn about winemaking at Century Farm Winery.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Jackson day trip website.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Jackson takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Memphis in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Jackson, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Franklin.
more
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips

Franklin — 2 nights

More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Montgomery Bell State Park and then take a stroll through Downtown Franklin. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sam Davis Home, then contemplate the long history of Rippavilla, then contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, and finally walk around Winstead Hill Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Franklin trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Jackson to Franklin in 2.5 hours. October in Franklin sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.
more
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips

Gatlinburg — 2 nights

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Walker Sisters' Cabin. Get some historical perspective at Little Greenbrier School and Riverside Cemetery. Go for a jaunt from Gatlinburg to Asheville to see The North Carolina Arboretum about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork, identify plant and animal life at Deep Creek, and do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Franklin to Gatlinburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, subway, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In October, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.
more
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Trails
Side Trips

Chattanooga — 2 nights

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 17th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bluff View Art District, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and finally learn about winemaking at The Georgia Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, stroll through Big Soddy Creek Gulf, and then stroll around Greenway Farm.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga takes 3 hours. In October in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to fly to Gulf Shores.
more
Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trips

Gulf Shores — 3 nights

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. We've included these beaches for you: Pensacola Beach and Gulf Islands National Seashore. Get some cultural insight at Barrancas National Cemetery and Holmes Medical Museum. Go for a jaunt from Gulf Shores to Navarre to see Navarre Beach about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: play a few rounds at Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club and look for all kinds of wild species at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Gulf Shores trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Chattanooga to Gulf Shores in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Chattanooga to Gulf Shores, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chattanooga in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Gulf Shores, with lows of 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Panama City Beach.
more
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf
Side Trips

Panama City Beach — 3 nights

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mexico Beach. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Panama City Beach Winery, kick back and relax at Grayton Beach State Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Rosa Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Panama City Beach trip website.

You can drive from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October in Panama City Beach, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.
more
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
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.
more