23 days in Tennessee Itinerary

23 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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23 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  28​h
1
Nashville
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Chattanooga
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Hurricane Mills
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Shiloh
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Memphis
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Melbourne

6
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Opry Mills and Hatch Show Print. Museum-lovers will get to explore Carnton and Carter House. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nashville: Franklin (McGavock Confederate Cemetery & Downtown Franklin) and Stones River National Battlefield (in Murfreesboro). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, explore the galleries of Lotz House Museum, take an in-depth tour of Tennessee State Museum, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville vacation maker site .

Melbourne, Australia to Nashville is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Nashville, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. In August, Nashville is warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Franklin, Stones River National Battlefield
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carnton ©
Carnton
Carter House ©
Carter House

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields and Falls Mill. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tennessee Valley Railroad (TVR) and Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chattanooga: Museum Center at 5ive Points (in Cleveland) and Adventures Unlimited (in Ocoee). There's still lots to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Creative Discovery Museum, make a trip to Moon Pie General Store, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tennessee Aquarium, and steep yourself in history at Signal Point.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Chattanooga road trip website .

Getting from Nashville to Chattanooga by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Adventures Unlimited, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, Falls Mill, Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, Signal Point
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Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum ©
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Creative Discovery Museum
Creative Discovery Museum

5
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Let the collections at Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community and Hollywood Star Cars Museum capture your imagination. Explore hidden gems such as Tanger Outlets Sevierville and Three Bears General Store. Change things up with a short trip to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (about 34 minutes away). There's much more to do: look for gifts at Christmas Place, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and make a splash at Dollywood.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Hurricane Mills.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community ©
Tanger Outlets Sevierville ©
Tanger Outlets Sevierville

1
night
Hurricane Mills

Hurricane Mills ©
Hurricane Mills is an unincorporated community in Humphreys County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Johnsonville State Historic Park and then see the interesting displays at Loretta Lynn's Ranch.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hurricane Mills road trip site .

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Hurricane Mills takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Hurricane Mills. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Shiloh.

Things to do in Hurricane Mills

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Johnsonville State Historic Park
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Loretta Lynn's Ranch ©
Loretta Lynn's Ranch
Johnsonville State Historic Park ©
Johnsonville State Historic Park

1
night
Shiloh

Shiloh ©
On the 16th (Mon), take in the history at Shiloh National Military Park, explore the different monuments and memorials at Shiloh National Cemetery, and then see the interesting displays at Buford Pusser Home and Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Shiloh online trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Hurricane Mills to Shiloh by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Shiloh

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Buford Pusser Home and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Shiloh National Military Park ©
Shiloh National Military Park
Buford Pusser Home and Museum ©
Buford Pusser Home and Museum

3
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.
Head to Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and Center for Southern Folklorefor plenty of shopping. Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Mud Island River Park will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with a short trip to Alex Haley House Museum in Henning (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, make a trip to Graceland, appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Memphis trip planning site .

Drive from Shiloh to Memphis in 2 hours. Traveling from Shiloh in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Memphis, with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Alex Haley House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Graceland ©
Graceland

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