22 days in Tennessee Itinerary

22 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee itinerary planner

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Knoxville
— 3 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
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Chattanooga
— 4 nights
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Nashville
— 5 nights
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Memphis
— 4 nights
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Knoxville

— 3 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Explore Knoxville's surroundings by going to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking & Look Rock Tower), Cades Cove Museum (in Maryville) and Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of East Tennesse Historical Society, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Loudoun State Park, admire the sheer force of Bald River Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ijams Nature Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Knoxville trip itinerary maker tool.

Chicago to Knoxville is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Knoxville is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in May: highs in Knoxville hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 5 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.
Take a break from Gatlinburg with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford, about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, cool off at Dollywood, tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork, and meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg trip planner.

Getting from Knoxville to Gatlinburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. May in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Chattanooga

— 4 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chattanooga: Benton Falls Hike (in Benton) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Ocoee). And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns, and see the interesting displays at Songbirds.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Chattanooga trip app.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga by car takes about 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Nashville

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Franklin (Leiper's Fork Distillery, Carter House, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, stop by Downtown Nashville, and contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Chattanooga to Nashville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville is minus 1 hour. In May in Nashville, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Memphis

— 4 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: Samuel T Bryant Distillery (in Jackson) and Brownsville (West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center & Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Graceland, learn the secrets of beer at Tastin' 'Round Town, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks.

For traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Memphis road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
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.