32 days in Tennessee Itinerary

32 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Memphis
— 5 nights
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Nashville
— 5 nights
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Chattanooga
— 5 nights
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Knoxville
— 5 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 11 nights
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Memphis

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jackson (Century Farm Winery & Samuel T Bryant Distillery) and Brownsville (West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center & Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Graceland, explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, and browse the exhibits of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis online road trip planner.

Chicago to Memphis is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in June; daily highs in Memphis reach 89°F and lows reach 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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Nashville

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Carter House in Franklin (about 30 minutes away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville tour builder website.

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. July in Nashville sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trip

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Chattanooga

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Chattanooga side-trips: Ocoee (Ocoee Outdoors, Inc., River Rafting & Tubing, &more). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium, Head underground at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 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 July in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Knoxville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Adventure · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

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Knoxville

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knoxville: Gatlinburg (Tennessee Homemade Wines, Gatlinburg Wine Cellar, &more), Sevierville (Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy & Tennessee Legend Distillery - Winfield Dunn Parkway) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). There's much more to do: find something for the whole family at Dollywood, experience the excitement of Rocky Top Mountain Coaster, take in the waterfront at The Island in Pigeon Forge, and see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Knoxville itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Knoxville in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Knoxville can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Knoxville

Theme Parks · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

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A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for wildlife, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, trek along Alum Cave Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Cades Cove, and admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park road trip website.

Traveling by bus from Knoxville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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.