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

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

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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Jackson
— 3 nights
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Franklin
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
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Gulf Shores
— 3 nights
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Panama City Beach
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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.
On the 26th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Sun Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Catholic Church, then get a new perspective on nature at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, then steep yourself in history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally try your luck at Horseshoe Tunica.

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Glasgow, UK to Memphis is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Glasgow to Memphis. Traveling from Glasgow in July, things will get much hotter in Memphis: highs are around 91°F and lows about 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Jackson.
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Historic Sites · Nightlife · Museums · Casinos
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Jackson — 3 nights

Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Shiloh National Military Park and Corinth National Cemetery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Johnsonville State Historic Park and Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School. Take a break from Jackson with a short trip to Corinth Contraband Camp in Corinth, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: tee off at Casey Jones Mini Golf, sample the fine beverages at Samuel T Bryant Distillery, and learn about winemaking at Crown Winery.

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You can drive from Memphis to Jackson in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Memphis in July, Jackson is slightly colder at night with lows of 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Franklin.
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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 1st (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Montgomery Bell State Park and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Downtown Franklin. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sam Davis Home, steep yourself in history at Rippavilla, then witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Winstead Hill Park.

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Traveling by car from Jackson to Franklin takes 2.5 hours. July in Franklin sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.
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Gatlinburg — 2 nights

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Kids will enjoy The North Carolina Arboretum and Roaring Fork. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Riverside Cemetery. There's much more to do: stroll through Quiet Walkways, steep yourself in history at Walker Sisters' Cabin, hike along Deep Creek, and do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

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You can drive from Franklin to Gatlinburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to 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. August in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Chattanooga.
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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.
On the 6th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, then wander the streets of Bluff View Art District, then take in the history at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and finally awaken your taste buds at The Georgia Winery. Keep things going the next day: take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, then stroll through Big Soddy Creek Gulf, and then walk around Greenway Farm.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Chattanooga road trip planning app.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Gulf Shores.
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Gulf Shores — 3 nights

Gulf Shores is a resort city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. Get in touch with nature at Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach. Kids will enjoy Gulf Islands National Seashore and Holmes Medical Museum. Step out of Gulf Shores with an excursion to Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: hike along Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and play a few rounds at Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club.

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Fly from Chattanooga to Gulf Shores in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Chattanooga to Gulf Shores is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Panama City Beach.
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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.
On the 11th (Thu), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mexico Beach. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Panama City Beach Winery, enjoy the sand and surf at Grayton Beach State Park, and then stroll through Santa Rosa Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Panama City Beach vacation maker.

You can drive from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach in 3.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach is 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Panama City Beach are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Tennessee travel guide

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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.
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