35 days in Missouri, Kentucky & Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner
Make it your trip
Drive
1
Saint Louis
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Paducah
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Hopkinsville
— 1 night
Drive
4
Louisville
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Knoxville
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Nashville
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Memphis
— 4 nights
Drive
9
Branson
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Kansas City
— 3 nights
Drive

S M T W T F S
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Saint Louis — 3 nights

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C. in the number of free activities available by spending your holiday exploring the city's central neighborhoods, famous for their restored century-old red-brick buildings.
Get out of town with these interesting Saint Louis side-trips: New Haven (Pinckney Bend Distillery & Robller Vineyard) and Zipline (in New Florence). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at StilL 630 Distillery, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and appreciate the extensive heritage of St. Charles Historic District.

Plan trip to Saint Louis with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Brookings to Saint Louis is an approximately 10-hour car ride. You can also drive. In May, Saint Louis is a bit warmer than Brookings - with highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to fly to Paducah.
more
Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Paducah — 3 nights

Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum (in Marion) and Kenlake State Park (in Hardin). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, take a leisurely stroll along Paducah Riverwalk, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at The Moonshine Company, and examine the collection at Paducah Distilled Spirits.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Paducah day trip app.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Paducah in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hopkinsville.
more
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wineries
Side Trips

Hopkinsville — 1 night

Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. On the 5th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort, steep yourself in history at Trail of Tears Commemorative Park and Heritage Center, and then sample the fine beverages at Casey Jones Distillery.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Hopkinsville travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Paducah to Hopkinsville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Hopkinsville, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Louisville.
more
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Louisville — 5 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Venture out of the city with trips to Cub Run Cave (in Cub Run), Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown) and Riverside Food Tours (in Covington). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, steep yourself in history at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Castle & Key Distillery.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Louisville trip planner.

Drive from Hopkinsville to Louisville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in June, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.
more
Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Tours · Nature
Side Trips

Gatlinburg — 4 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.
Step out of Gatlinburg with an excursion to Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park--about 48 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 12th (Mon) at Dollywood. There's lots more to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and get in on the family fun at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Louisville to Gatlinburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. In June in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Knoxville.
more
Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums
Side Trips

Knoxville — 3 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knoxville: Helicopter Tours (in Sevierville), Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking & Look Rock Tower) and Bald River Falls (in Tellico Plains). And it doesn't end there: get interesting insight from Navitat Knoxville, appreciate the history behind First Baptist Church, don't miss a visit to Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse, and look for all kinds of wild species at Citico Wildlife Wilderness.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Knoxville trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Knoxville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daily temperatures in Knoxville can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nashville.
more
Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure
Side Trips

Nashville — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Franklin (Leiper's Fork Distillery & McGavock Confederate Cemetery). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

Find out how to plan Nashville trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Knoxville to Nashville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Knoxville to Nashville. In June, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Memphis.
more
Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods
Side Trip

Memphis — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jackson (Jackson Escape Rooms & Samuel T Bryant Distillery). And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of Graceland, look for gifts at Lansky, learn the secrets of beer at Tastin' 'Round Town, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Memphis Zoo.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Memphis sightseeing planning site.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or take a bus. In June in Memphis, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can fly to Branson.
more
Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trip

Branson — 3 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
Get out of town with these interesting Branson side-trips: Eureka Springs (Railway Winery & Thorncrown Chapel) and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (in Bentonville). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 26th (Mon) at Silver Dollar City. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Table Rock Lake, find something for the whole family at Runaway Mountain Coaster, see the interesting displays at World's Largest Toy Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Branson tour builder tool.

Drive from Memphis to Branson in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Memphis in June; daily highs in Branson reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kansas City.
more
Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Kansas City — 3 nights

City of Fountains

The largest municipality in Missouri, Kansas City has an impressive array of world-class museums, shopping areas, and great places to eat, all of which attract tourism to the area.
Get out of town with these interesting Kansas City side-trips: Weston (Pirtle Winery & Holladay Distillery). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at National WWI Museum and Memorial, have fun and explore at Kaleidoscope, explore the world behind art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and contemplate the long history of Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Kansas City fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from Branson to Kansas City in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Kansas City can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive back home.
more
Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Museums · Tours
Side Trips

Missouri travel guide

4.4
Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.
more

Kentucky travel guide

4.6
Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.
more

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Distilleries · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
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.
more