35 days in Missouri, Kentucky & Tennessee Itinerary

35 days in Missouri, Kentucky & Tennessee Itinerary

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Saint Louis
— 3 nights
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Paducah
— 3 nights
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Hopkinsville
— 1 night
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Louisville
— 5 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Knoxville
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Memphis
— 4 nights
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Branson
— 3 nights
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Kansas City
— 3 nights

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Saint Louis

Saint Louis ©

Gateway to the West

Test the local claim that Saint Louis is second only to Washington, D.C.
Change things up with these side-trips from Saint Louis: New Haven (Pinckney Bend Distillery & Robller Vineyard) and Zipline (in New Florence). There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at The Gateway Arch, examine the collection at Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, and admire the natural beauty at Missouri Botanical Garden.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Saint Louis travel route planner.

Brookings to Saint Louis is an approximately 10-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Brookings in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Saint Louis: highs are around 56°F and lows about 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Paducah.

Things to do in Saint Louis

Parks · Tours · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis ©
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch ©
The Gateway Arch
Missouri Botanical Garden ©
Missouri Botanical Garden

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Paducah

Paducah ©
Paducah is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of McCracken County, Kentucky, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paducah: Kenlake State Park (in Hardin) and Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum (in Marion). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Purple Toad Winery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, admire the masterpieces at The National Quilt Museum, and examine the collection at Paducah Distilled Spirits.

Plan a Paducah trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Saint Louis to Paducah in 3 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in November, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hopkinsville.

Things to do in Paducah

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

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Purple Toad Winery ©
Purple Toad Winery
The National Quilt Museum ©
The National Quilt Museum
Lloyd Tilghman House and Civil War Museum ©

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Hopkinsville

Hopkinsville ©
Hopkinsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Christian County, Kentucky, United States. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): get interesting insight from Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort, then walk around Trail of Tears Commemorative Park and Heritage Center, and then sample the fine beverages at Casey Jones Distillery.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hopkinsville journey maker tool.

You can drive from Paducah to Hopkinsville in 1.5 hours. November in Hopkinsville sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Louisville.

Things to do in Hopkinsville

Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Casey Jones Distillery ©
Casey Jones Distillery
Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort ©
Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort

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Louisville

Louisville ©

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Get out of town with these interesting Louisville side-trips: Riverside Food Tours (in Covington), Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum (in Elizabethtown) and Cub Run Cave (in Cub Run). Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Castle & Key Distillery, contemplate the long history of Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and learn insider's secrets on a distillery tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Louisville online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Hopkinsville to Louisville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Hopkinsville to Louisville due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Louisville can reach 57°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Louisville

Side Trips

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Louisville Mega Cavern ©
Louisville Mega Cavern
Distillery Tours
Castle & Key Distillery ©
Castle & Key Distillery

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Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©

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.
Go for a jaunt from Gatlinburg to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see Clingmans Dome about 48 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 15th (Sun) at Dollywood. There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg road trip planner.

Drive from Louisville to Gatlinburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. In November in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Knoxville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Tennessee Homemade Wines ©
Tennessee Homemade Wines

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Knoxville

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: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking & Look Rock Tower), Bald River Falls (in Tellico Plains) and Helicopter Tours (in Sevierville). There's still lots to do: whizz through the canopy at Navitat Knoxville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Baptist Church, contemplate the long history of Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse, and indulge in some culinary diversions at Knoxville Food Tours.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Knoxville visit planning site.

Drive from Gatlinburg to Knoxville in 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Knoxville are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Knoxville

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

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Navitat Knoxville ©
Navitat Knoxville
Bald River Falls ©
Bald River Falls
Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking ©
Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking

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Nashville

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Franklin (Leiper's Fork Distillery & McGavock Confederate Cemetery). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Knoxville to Nashville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Knoxville to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Nashville are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

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Memphis

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Memphis: Jackson (Jackson Escape Rooms & Samuel T Bryant Distillery). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Graceland, get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and take an in-depth tour of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Memphis trip itinerary website.

Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 63°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Branson.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Graceland
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel ©

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Branson

Branson ©

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Branson: Eureka Springs (Railway Winery @ Trestle 71-7 & Thorncrown Chapel) and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (in Bentonville). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 29th (Sun) at Silver Dollar City. There's lots more to do: get great views at College of the Ozarks, get in on the family fun at Runaway Mountain Coaster, take an in-depth tour of Titanic Museum, and examine the collection at World's Largest Toy Museum.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Branson vacation planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Branson takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Memphis in November; daily highs in Branson reach 58°F and lows reach 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kansas City.

Things to do in Branson

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
College of the Ozarks ©
College of the Ozarks
Silver Dollar City ©
Silver Dollar City
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art ©
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

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Kansas City

Kansas City ©

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kansas City: Weston (Pirtle Winery & Holladay Distillery). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your military savvy at National WWI Museum and Memorial, gain some tasty knowledge on Barley Bus Tours, steep yourself in history at Bingham Waggoner Mansion & Estate, and sample the fine beverages at Tom's Town Distilling Co..

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kansas City travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Branson to Kansas City in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In December, daily temperatures in Kansas City can reach 44°F, while at night they dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kansas City

Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Holladay Distillery ©
Holladay Distillery
National WWI Museum and Memorial ©
National WWI Museum and Memorial
Barley Bus Tours ©
Barley Bus Tours

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