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
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Sun Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Catholic Church, get a new perspective on nature at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, then take an in-depth tour of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally try to win big at Horseshoe Tunica.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis journey planning tool.

Glasgow, UK to Memphis is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Glasgow to Memphis due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Glasgow in June, things will get much warmer in Memphis: highs are around 89°F and lows about 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jackson.
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Historic Sites · Casinos · Fun & Games · Nightlife
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Jackson — 3 nights

Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Popular historic sites such as Shiloh National Military Park and Corinth Contraband Camp are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Johnsonville State Historic Park and Casey Jones Mini Golf. Change things up with these side-trips from Jackson: Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School (in Brownsville) and Corinth National Cemetery (in Corinth). It doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Century Farm Winery and sample the fine beverages at Samuel T Bryant Distillery.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Jackson trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Jackson takes 1.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Franklin.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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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 14th (Tue): stroll through Montgomery Bell State Park and then get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Sam Davis Home, contemplate the long history of Rippavilla, then take in the history at Lotz House Museum, and finally walk around Winstead Hill Park.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Franklin itinerary planner.

Drive from Jackson to Franklin in 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Franklin are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to 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.
Explore hidden gems such as The North Carolina Arboretum and Basilica of Saint Lawrence. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Walker Sisters' Cabin and Little Greenbrier School. Step out of Gatlinburg with an excursion to Riverside Cemetery in Asheville--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Roaring Fork, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and look for all kinds of wild species at Deep Creek.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gatlinburg, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Franklin to Gatlinburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, subway, and car. Traveling from Franklin to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, then get to know the fascinating history of Bluff View Art District, then stroll through Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and finally indulge your senses at The Georgia Winery. On your second day here, witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, then stroll through Big Soddy Creek Gulf, and then stroll around Greenway Farm.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Chattanooga using our trip planner.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga in 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) 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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pensacola Beach and Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. We've included these beaches for you: Navarre Beach and Gulf Islands National Seashore. Step out of Gulf Shores with an excursion to Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola--about 48 minutes away. There's more to do: tee off at Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club and get engrossed in the history at Holmes Medical Museum.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gulf Shores trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chattanooga to Gulf Shores takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Panama City Beach.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Golf
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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 24th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then kick back and relax at Mexico Beach. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at Panama City Beach Winery, then kick back and relax at Grayton Beach State Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Rosa Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Panama City Beach trip maker.

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 June, daily temperatures in Panama City Beach can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) 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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