31 days in Tennessee Itinerary

31 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Nashville
— 7 nights
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Chattanooga
— 7 nights
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Ducktown
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Gatlinburg
— 8 nights
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Memphis
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Nashville — 7 nights

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 (Carnton & St. Paul's Episcopal Church). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Distillery & Yee-Haw Brewery.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nashville online route planner.

San Jose to Nashville is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Jose to Nashville. Traveling from San Jose in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Nashville: highs are around 90°F and lows about 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.
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Chattanooga — 7 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chattanooga: River Rafting & Tubing (in Ocoee), Imagination Station and Pavilion (in Collegedale) and Grundy Forest Natural Area (in Tracy City). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium, take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge, ponder the design of Coolidge Park, and see human ingenuity at work at Chickamauga Dam Tennessee River Park.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Chattanooga online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ducktown.
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Ducktown — 1 night

Ducktown is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Thunder Rock Recreation Area, examine the collection at Ducktown Basin Museum, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ducktown trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Ducktown takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Chattanooga in July, expect Ducktown to be a bit cooler, temps between 84°F and 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.
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Gatlinburg — 8 nights

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sevierville (Helicopter Tours & Tennessee Legend Distillery - Winfield Dunn Parkway) and Hartford (Zipline & River Rafting & Tubing). Pack the 19th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at The Island in Pigeon Forge. There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg day trip website.

You can drive from Ducktown to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Memphis.
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Memphis — 7 nights

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Memphis: Jackson (Samuel T Bryant Distillery & Century Farm Winery), Mindfield Cemetery (in Brownsville) and Morton Museum of Collierville History (in Collierville). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Graceland, contemplate the long history of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, gain insight at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and meet the residents at Memphis Zoo.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip planner.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Memphis by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Memphis. In July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Tennessee travel guide

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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.
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