22 days in Tennessee Itinerary

22 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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22 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 15​min
1
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Chattanooga
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Nashville
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Jackson
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Memphis
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Atlanta

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Escape the urban bustle at Clingmans Dome and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. For shopping fun, head to Smoky Mountain Knife Works or Fowler's Clay Works. When in Gatlinburg, make a side trip to see Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend, approximately 52 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There's much more to do: learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, see the interesting displays at Alcatraz East Crime Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg itinerary planner .

Atlanta to Gatlinburg is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Atlanta in March, expect Gatlinburg to be a bit cooler, temps between 60°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Tuckaleechee Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

4
nights
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
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.
Let the collections at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and Hunter Museum of American Art capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields and Sparta Rock House. Change things up with these side-trips from Chattanooga: Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge (in Birchwood), Lodge Factory Store (in South Pittsburg) and Virgin Falls State Natural Area (in Sparta). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns, enjoy the views from Tennessee Valley Railroad (TVR), steep yourself in history at Signal Point, and sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Chattanooga trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga takes 3 hours. In March in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Sparta, Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, Signal Point
Highlights from your plan
Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum ©
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Hunter Museum of American Art ©
Hunter Museum of American Art

4
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Step off the beaten path and head to Carnton and Carter House. Museum-lovers will appreciate Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art. Venture out of the city with trips to Storytellers Museum (in Bon Aqua) and McLemore House (in Franklin). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin, steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church Cathedral.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Nashville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, daytime highs in Nashville are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, Storytellers Hideaway Farm and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carter House ©
Carter House
Carnton ©
Carnton

3
nights
Jackson

Jackson ©
Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shiloh National Military Park and Discovery Park of America. Popular historic sites such as Johnsonville State Historic Park and Shiloh National Cemetery are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Jackson side-trips: Buford Pusser Home and Museum (in Adamsville) and Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park (in Eva). It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Rusty's TV and Movie Car Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Jackson tour itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Jackson takes 2.5 hours. In April in Jackson, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Jackson

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Buford Pusser Home and Museum, Discovery Park of America, Johnsonville State Historic Park, Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park, Shiloh National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Park of America ©
Discovery Park of America
Shiloh National Military Park ©
Shiloh National Military Park
Johnsonville State Historic Park ©
Johnsonville State Historic Park

6
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
Visit National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and Elmwood Cemetery for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Sun Studio. Change things up with these side-trips from Memphis: Mid South Military Museum (in Atoka), Covington's Historic Square (in Covington) and S.Y. Wilson and Company (in Arlington). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Full Gospel Tabernacle, explore the galleries of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Collierville TN Historic District.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Jackson to Memphis by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Collierville, Mid South Military Museum, Covington's Historic Square, S.Y. Wilson and Company
Highlights from your plan
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

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