37 days in Tennessee Itinerary

37 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Gatlinburg
— 8 nights
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Chattanooga
— 6 nights
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Sparta
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 12 nights
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Shiloh
— 2 nights
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Memphis
— 6 nights
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Gatlinburg — 8 nights

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bush's Visitor Center and Alum Cave Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Grotto Falls Parking and Chimney Tops Trail. Explore Gatlinburg's surroundings by going to Sevierville (Helicopter Tours, Tennessee Legend Distillery - Winfield Dunn Parkway, &more), Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend) and Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Spend the 7th (Thu) exploring nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainbow Falls Trail, see the interesting displays at Alcatraz East Crime Museum, deepen your understanding at Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum, and get a dose of the wild on Bluff Mountain Adventures.

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New York City to Gatlinburg is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from New York City in March, you will find days in Gatlinburg are somewhat warmer (60°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Chattanooga.
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Chattanooga — 6 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Lost Sea Adventure and Bluff View Art District. Creative Discovery Museum and National Memorial for the Unborn will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Swift Museum Foundation (in Athens), Cumberland Mountain State Park (in Crossville) and Rock Island State Park (in Rock Island). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Chattanooga National Cemetery, cast your line with a fishing tour, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, and explore the engaging exhibits at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

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You can drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga in 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sparta.
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Sparta — 2 nights

Sparta is a city and the county seat of White County, Tennessee, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Fall Creek Falls and then explore the fascinating underground world of Cumberland Caverns. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Burgess Falls State Park and then browse the exhibits of Falcon Rest Mansion & Gardens.

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You can drive from Chattanooga to Sparta in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Chattanooga to Sparta, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sparta when traveling from Chattanooga in April, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nashville.
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Nashville — 12 nights

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lane Motor Museum and Frist Art Museum. Popular historic sites such as Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Cheekwood are in your itinerary. Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to Loretta Lynn's Ranch (in Hurricane Mills), Stones River National Battlefield (in Murfreesboro) and Franklin (Carter House, McGavock Confederate Cemetery, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the views from John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Nashville, get curious at Adventure Science Center, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

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Traveling by car from Sparta to Nashville takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April in Nashville, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to drive to Shiloh.
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Shiloh — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Chickasaw State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Big Hill Pond State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Pickwick Landing State Park and then witness the site of a historic battle at Shiloh National Military Park.

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You can drive from Nashville to Shiloh in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. April in Shiloh sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Memphis.
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Memphis — 6 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum and Elmwood Cemetery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Metal Museum and Shelby Farms Park. Get out of town with these interesting Memphis side-trips: Fort Pillow State Park (in Henning) and Mindfield Cemetery (in Brownsville). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Mud Island, admire the natural beauty at Memphis Botanic Garden, sample some tasty brews at Tastin' 'Round Town, and examine the collection at Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

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You can drive from Shiloh to Memphis in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, daytime highs in Memphis are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Tennessee travel guide

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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.
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