4 days in Tennessee & Kentucky Itinerary

4 days in Tennessee & Kentucky Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3 h 45 min
1
Chattanooga
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h
2
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Lexington
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h 15 min
End: Chicago

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Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
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.
On the 22nd (Fri), Head underground at Raccoon Mountain Caverns.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Chattanooga travel itinerary planner.

Chicago to Chattanooga is an approximately 4- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Chattanooga. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Chicago in May; daily highs in Chattanooga reach 81°F and lows reach 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Nature Parks
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Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns

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Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): Head underground at Tuckaleechee Caverns and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Grotto Falls Parking, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, then hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and finally take a memorable drive along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg travel planner.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg takes 3 hours. May in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tuckaleechee Caverns
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Grotto Falls Parking ©
Grotto Falls Parking
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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Lexington

Lexington ©
Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stroll around The Arboretum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kentucky Horse Park, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co..

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lexington trip builder tool.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Lexington by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Lexington can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kentucky Horse Park ©
Kentucky Horse Park
Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. ©
Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.

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