33 days in Tennessee Itinerary

33 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee travel planner

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Nashville
— 7 nights
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Memphis
— 5 nights
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Jackson
— 5 nights
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Ducktown
— 1 night
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Maryville
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 9 nights
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Nashville

— 7 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lotz House Museum and Carter House. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Silver Ridge Pottery (in Lebanon), Franklin (Carnton, Franklin Glassblowing Studio, &more) and Country View Market (in Charlotte). There's much more to do: see a show at Grand Ole Opry, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Upper Room, sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, and take a stroll through Downtown Franklin.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nashville route planner.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Nashville is an approximately 25-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 18 hours traveling from Christchurch to Nashville. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Christchurch in June: high temperatures in Nashville hover around 36°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.
Do your shopping at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and Covington's Historic Square. You'll explore and learn at Graceland and Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art. Change things up with these side-trips from Memphis: Collierville TN Historic District (in Collierville), Mid South Military Museum (in Atoka) and S.Y. Wilson and Company (in Arlington). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, pick up some local products at Memphis Farmers Market, see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Memphis online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Memphis are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Jackson

— 5 nights
Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Get outdoors at Shiloh National Military Park and Pinson Mounds State Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Discovery Park of America and Rusty's TV and Movie Car Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Jackson: Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge (in Stanton), The West Tennessee Agriculture Museum (in Milan) and Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School (in Brownsville). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Samuel T Bryant Distillery, see the interesting displays at Buford Pusser Home and Museum, do a tasting at Crown Winery, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Carriage House Antique Market & Cafe'.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Jackson vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Jackson takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Memphis in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Jackson, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ducktown.

Things to do in Jackson

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Ducktown

— 1 night
Ducktown is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): let the river carry you with Ocoee Outdoors, Inc., then take an in-depth tour of Museum Center at 5ive Points, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Red Clay State Historic Park and then let the river carry you with Adventures Unlimited.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ducktown trip planner.

Getting from Jackson to Ducktown by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Jackson in July, you will find days in Ducktown are a bit cooler (34°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Maryville.

Things to do in Ducktown

Adventure · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Maryville

— 2 nights
Maryville is a city and the county seat of Blount County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Cades Cove, then explore and take pictures at Rich Mountain Road, and then admire the sheer force of Abrams Falls Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse, browse for treasures at annabells emporium and cafe, then stop by Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bald River Falls.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Maryville tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ducktown to Maryville takes 2 hours. In July in Maryville, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Maryville

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 9 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.
Fowler's Clay Works and Titanic Museum Attraction will appeal to museum buffs. Get some cultural insight at Tennessee Homemade Wines and Walker Sisters' Cabin. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail & Clingmans Dome), River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Sevierville (Smoky Mountain Knife Works, Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy, &more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 28th (Sun) at Dollywood. The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, trek along Grotto Falls Parking, look for all kinds of wild species at Quiet Walkways, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Gatlinburg road trip planning tool.

Getting from Maryville to Gatlinburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 24°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

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.