31 days in Tennessee Itinerary

31 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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31 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Orlando
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
1
Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Memphis
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Jackson
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Franklin
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Nashville
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Cookeville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Ocoee
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h
End: Orlando

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.
You'll explore and learn at Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community and Fowler's Clay Works. Step off the beaten path and head to Roaring Fork and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Explore Gatlinburg's surroundings by going to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford), Forbidden Caverns (in Sevierville) and Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend). There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, trek along Grotto Falls Trail, revel in the low prices at Tanger Outlets Sevierville, and look for gifts at Christmas Place.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip planner .

Orlando to Gatlinburg is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train, taxi, and flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, flight, and car; or drive. In June, Gatlinburg is little chillier than Orlando - with highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville, Tuckaleechee Caverns, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and Mud Island. Explore Memphis' surroundings by going to Covington's Historic Square (in Covington) and S.Y. Wilson and Company (in Arlington). And it doesn't end there: stop by Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, don't miss a visit to Graceland, and stroll the grounds of Elmwood Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Memphis day trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Gatlinburg to Memphis in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Gatlinburg to Memphis is minus 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Covington's Historic Square, S.Y. Wilson and Company
Highlights from your plan
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

5
nights
Jackson

Jackson ©
Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shiloh National Military Park and Shiloh National Cemetery. Let the collections at Discovery Park of America and Rusty's TV and Movie Car Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Jackson: Parks Cemetery Ridge Confederate Memorial Plaza (in Trimble), Buford Pusser Home and Museum (in Adamsville) and Chickasaw State Park (in Henderson). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Pinson Mounds State Park, contemplate the long history of Alex Haley House Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Natchez Trace State Park, and see the interesting displays at Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Jackson visit planner.

Getting from Memphis to Jackson by car takes about 1.5 hours. June in Jackson sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Franklin.

Things to do in Jackson

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shiloh National Military Park, Crown Winery, Alex Haley House Museum, Discovery Park of America, Natchez Trace State Park
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Park of America ©
Discovery Park of America
Shiloh National Military Park ©
Shiloh National Military Park
Pinson Mounds State Park ©
Pinson Mounds State Park

4
nights
Franklin

Franklin ©
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
Step off the beaten path and head to Carnton and Downtown Franklin. Carter House and Lotz House Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Franklin: George Dickel Distillery (in Tullahoma), Lynchburg Hardware and General Store (in Lynchburg) and Bowie Nature Park (in Fairview). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Gallery 202, admire all the interesting features of Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, stop by Southern Charm, and learn about winemaking at Arrington Vineyards.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Franklin trip builder tool .

You can drive from Jackson to Franklin in 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Franklin are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Franklin

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, George Dickel Distillery, Lynchburg Hardware and General Store, Arrington Vineyards, Bowie Nature Park
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carter House ©
Carter House
Carnton ©
Carnton

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.
Do your shopping at Opry Mills and Brentwood Jewelery & Gifts. Get outdoors at Lost River Cave and Radnor Lake State Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nashville: Griffin's Studio (in Hopkinsville), Fort Donelson National Cemetery (in Dover) and Country View Market (in Charlotte). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, explore the world behind art at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum of Art, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip maker website .

Nashville is just a short distance from Franklin. In June, daytime highs in Nashville are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Cookeville.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Fort Donelson National Cemetery, Country View Market, Lost River Cave, Griffin's Studio, Brentwood Jewelry
Highlights from your plan
Frist Art Museum ©
Frist Art Museum
Cheekwood ©
Cheekwood
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum

2
nights
Cookeville

Cookeville ©
Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. On the 27th (Thu), do a tasting at DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards, stop by T.B. Sutton General Store, and then admire all the interesting features of Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park and Museum. On the next day, look for gifts at Muddy Pond General Store and then admire the sheer force of Cummins Falls State Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Cookeville trip maker site .

Drive from Nashville to Cookeville in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Nashville in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 62°F in Cookeville. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Ocoee.

Things to do in Cookeville

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards, Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park and Museum, Muddy Pond General Store, T.B. Sutton General Store
Highlights from your plan
Cummins Falls State Park ©
Cummins Falls State Park
DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards ©
DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards

3
nights
Ocoee

Step off the beaten path and head to Adventures Unlimited and Raccoon Mountain Caverns. Tennessee Valley Railroad (TVR) and Creative Discovery Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Ocoee: Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields (in Lookout Mountain), Savannah Oaks Winery (in Delano) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Ducktown).

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ocoee online attractions planner .

You can drive from Cookeville to Ocoee in 2.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cookeville to Ocoee due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Ocoee can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ocoee

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Chattanooga, Savannah Oaks Winery, River Rafting & Tubing, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum ©
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum