22 days in North Carolina & Tennessee Itinerary

22 days in North Carolina & Tennessee Itinerary

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Drive to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Fly to Norfolk International Airport, Drive to Manteo
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Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 3 nights
Drive
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Corolla
— 2 nights
Fly
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Asheville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ocoee
— 1 night
Drive
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Nashville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Memphis
— 3 nights

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Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): find your balance on the water with Outer Banks Adventures, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Outer Banks Distilling, then contemplate the long history of Island Farm, and finally see the world from above with Coastal Helicopters. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, enjoy the sea views from Bodie Island Lighthouse, then take in the waterfront at Jennette's Pier, and finally look for gifts at The Christmas Shop.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Manteo day trip planner.

Thomaston to Manteo is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Thomaston in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Manteo, with highs around 79°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Corolla.

Things to do in Manteo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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Corolla

A trip to Corolla will add a bit of slow-paced fun to your Outer Banks holiday.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): find your balance on the water with Coastal Explorations, then steep yourself in history at Whalehead Club, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally look for gifts at Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos & Gifts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of Back Country Safari Tours and then enjoy the sand and surf at Carova Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Corolla online route planner.

Traveling by car from Manteo to Corolla takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Corolla can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Asheville.

Things to do in Corolla

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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Asheville

Land of the Sky

Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Asheville: Falls Park on the Reedy (in Greenville), French Broad Adventures (in Marshall) and Dry Falls (in Highlands). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Biltmore, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in nature's colorful creations at The North Carolina Arboretum.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Asheville trip site.

Traveling by flight from Corolla to Asheville takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Corolla in September, things will get little chillier in Asheville: highs are around 79°F and lows about 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Asheville

Tours · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Gatlinburg

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.
Step out of Gatlinburg with an excursion to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park--about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Gatlinburg planner.

Traveling by car from Asheville to Gatlinburg takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ocoee.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Ocoee

On the 14th (Mon), let the river carry you with Ocoee Outdoors, Inc. and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ocoee attractions planner.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Ocoee in 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Ocoee

Adventure · Tours · Parks

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Nashville

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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, indulge in some culinary diversions at Franklin on Foot, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Ocoee to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Memphis

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.
When in Memphis, make a side trip to see Horseshoe Tunica in Tunica, approximately Tunica away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Graceland, take an in-depth tour of Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Memphis Zoo.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Memphis trip planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Nashville in September, Memphis is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 68°F. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Casinos · Parks

Side Trip

North Carolina travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Zipline
The Tar Heel State
A top destination for a holiday in nature, North Carolina provides a seemingly endless variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, and skiing. While the state's rural regions offer a taste of traditional Appalachian music and culture, its increasingly diverse big cities feature modern skyscrapers, renowned museums, and historical neighborhoods perfect for sightseeing tours. The coastal region, famous for its year-round temperate climate, attracts millions of annual visitors, making North Carolina the sixth most-visited state in the country. Though it's hard to find a quiet time of year in coastal North Carolina, the state's inland areas retain many secluded corners where you can experience the laid-back Old South atmosphere.

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.