35 days in Tennessee Itinerary

35 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee tour planner

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Memphis
— 5 nights
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Nashville
— 6 nights
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Chattanooga
— 6 nights
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Tellico Plains
— 2 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 9 nights
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Knoxville
— 6 nights
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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.
Explore Memphis' surroundings by going to Jackson (N.C.& St. L. Depot and Railroad Museum & Samuel T Bryant Distillery) and Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School (in Brownsville). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Graceland, explore the world behind art at Withers Collection Museum & Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, and browse the exhibits of Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip itinerary tool.

Kalamazoo to Memphis is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kalamazoo to Memphis is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Kalamazoo in May, things will get a bit warmer in Memphis: highs are around 80°F and lows about 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Nashville

— 6 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.
Step out of Nashville with an excursion to Balloon Rides in Franklin--about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, admire the striking features of Nashville Parthenon, contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, and take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Nashville online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June in Nashville, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Chattanooga

— 6 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chattanooga: Cleveland Bradley County Greenway (in Cleveland) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Ocoee). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Tennessee Aquarium, Head underground at Ruby Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tennessee Riverpark, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga attractions planning site.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tellico Plains.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tellico Plains

— 2 nights
Tellico Plains is a town in Monroe County, Tennessee, United States. On the 17th (Thu), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then see the interesting displays at Charles Hall Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bald River Falls. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Loudoun State Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Citico Wildlife Wilderness.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Tellico Plains tour app.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Tellico Plains in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Chattanooga in June; daily highs in Tellico Plains reach 84°F and lows reach 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Tellico Plains

Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 9 nights

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: walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, and take a memorable drive along Little River Road.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park day trip app.

Getting from Tellico Plains to Great Smoky Mountains National Park by car takes about an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Knoxville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Knoxville

— 6 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: Hartford (River Rafting & Tubing & Zipline), Pigeon Forge (Dollywood, Arcade City, &more) and Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy (in Sevierville). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take in the exciting artwork at The Wood Whittlers, look for gifts at Thistle Dew!, and do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Knoxville trip site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Knoxville. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Theme Parks · Tours · Parks · Adventure

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.