29 days in Tennessee Itinerary

29 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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29 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Memphis
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Jackson
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Nashville
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Chattanooga
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Maryville
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Gatlinburg
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
End: Knoxville

4
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.
Explore Memphis' surroundings by going to WC Johnson Park (in Collierville) and Mid South Military Museum (in Atoka). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Graceland, admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, see the sky in a new way at Sharpe Planetarium, and get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Memphis trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Knoxville to Memphis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Knoxville to Memphis due to the time zone difference. December in Memphis sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mid South Military Museum, WC Johnson Park
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

4
nights
Jackson

Jackson ©
Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Change things up with these side-trips from Jackson: Shiloh National Military Park (in Shiloh), Brownsville (Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School & West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center) and Grand Junction (National Bird Dog Museum & Ames Plantation). There's much more to do: sample the fine beverages at Samuel T Bryant Distillery LLC, do a tasting at Century Farm Winery, examine the collection at Legends of Tennessee Music Museum at the Carnegie, and have some family-friendly fun at Sky Zone Trampoline Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Jackson trip planner.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Jackson takes 1.5 hours. In December in Jackson, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Jackson

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Grand Junction, Brownsville, The West Tennessee Agriculture Museum, Shiloh National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
Samuel T Bryant Distillery LLC ©
Samuel T Bryant Distillery LLC
Century Farm Winery ©
Century Farm Winery
Shiloh National Military Park ©
Shiloh National Military Park

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nashville side-trips: Franklin (McLemore House & McGavock Confederate Cemetery). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Nashville sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Jackson to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in December, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

5
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ocoee (River Rafting & Tubing & Adventures Unlimited), University of the South (in Sewanee) and Ocoee HorseRide (in Charleston). There's much more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Escape Mission Chattanooga, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain.

To see photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Chattanooga trip planning app .

Drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga. In December, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 56°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Maryville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ocoee, University of the South, Ocoee HorseRide
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tennessee Aquarium ©
Tennessee Aquarium
Ruby Falls ©
Ruby Falls

2
nights
Maryville

Maryville ©
Maryville is a city and the county seat of Blount County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, explore and take pictures at Rich Mountain Road, then cruise along Cades Cove, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Abrams Falls Trail. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Townsend Wye, take in the dramatic scenery at Bald River Falls, and then take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Maryville trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Maryville takes 2 hours. January in Maryville sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Maryville

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tellico Plains
Highlights from your plan
Bald River Falls ©
Bald River Falls
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking ©

7
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Gatlinburg is known for breweries & distilleries, zoos & aquariums, fun & games, wineries, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, get your game on at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Gatlinburg trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Maryville to Gatlinburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Shine Co.
Highlights from your plan
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Tennessee Homemade Wines ©
Tennessee Homemade Wines

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