30 days in Tennessee Itinerary

30 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee route maker

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Drive to Watertown Regional Airport, Fly to Memphis
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Memphis
— 5 nights
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Bristol
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 6 nights
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Knoxville
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tellico Plains
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nashville
— 6 nights
Fly to Watertown Regional Airport, Drive to Brookings

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Memphis

— 5 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.
Memphis is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Graceland, sample some tasty brews at Tastin' 'Round Town, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Memphis Zoo, and get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Memphis trip website.

Brookings to Memphis is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Brookings in November: highs in Memphis hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Bristol.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Tours

Bristol

— 2 nights
Bristol is a city in Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): explore the landscape on two wheels at The Kingsport Greenbelt, examine the collection at East Tennessee State University and General Shale Natural History Museum, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tennessee Hills Distillery, and finally appreciate the history behind Veterans' Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Roan Mountain State Park, get answers to all your questions at Tennessee Welcome Center- Bristol, and then test your problem-solving skills at Tri-Cities Escape Game.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Bristol trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Bristol takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Memphis to Bristol due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Memphis in November: high temperatures in Bristol hover around 57°F and lows are around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Bristol

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Sevierville (Tennessee Legend Distillery - Winfield Dunn Parkway & Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip builder website.

You can drive from Bristol to Gatlinburg in 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Knoxville

— 4 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Change things up with these side-trips from Knoxville: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking & Look Rock Tower), Helicopter Tours (in Sevierville) and Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Navitat Knoxville, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rocking Chair Farm, don't miss a visit to The Miner's Circle - Mine Explosion Graves, and let your taste buds guide you at Knoxville Food Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Knoxville trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Knoxville in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Knoxville are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tellico Plains.

Things to do in Knoxville

Tours · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tellico Plains

— 2 nights
Tellico Plains is a town in Monroe County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take a pleasant ride with Blanche Manor Horseback Riding and then admire the sheer force of Bald River Falls. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Citico Wildlife Wilderness and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cades Cove.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tellico Plains online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Knoxville to Tellico Plains in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Knoxville in November, Tellico Plains is slightly colder at night with lows of 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Tellico Plains

Parks · Wildlife · 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.
Chattanooga is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Ruby Falls, sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium, and snap pictures at Walnut Street Bridge.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga tour itinerary planning site.

Drive from Tellico Plains to Chattanooga in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Chattanooga when traveling from Tellico Plains in November, with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Nashville

— 6 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 (McGavock Confederate Cemetery, Leiper's Fork Distillery, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, capture your vacation like a pro with Nashville Food Adventures, admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and take a stroll through Downtown Nashville.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville tour planner.

Drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trip

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.