3 days in Tennessee Itinerary

3 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee attractions planner

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Gatlinburg
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg

— 1 night

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.
On the 1st (Sat), observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, and finally do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, then stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, then cruise along Newfound Gap Road, and finally identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gatlinburg day trip planning app.

Charlotte to Gatlinburg is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. May in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Nashville

— 1 night

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nashville online trip builder.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. Traveling from Gatlinburg to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.