42 days in Tennessee Itinerary

42 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee holiday planner
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Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Memphis
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Memphis
— 7 nights
Drive
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Jackson
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 7 nights
Drive
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Gatlinburg
— 8 nights
Drive
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Cookeville
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nashville
— 8 nights
Fly to Los Angeles International Airport, Drive to Ontario

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Memphis — 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Memphis: Mid South Military Museum (in Atoka) and Collierville TN Historic District (in Collierville). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Graceland, deepen your understanding at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, take an in-depth tour of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Memphis trip itinerary builder website.

Ontario to Memphis is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Ontario in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Memphis: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jackson.
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Jackson — 5 nights

Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Explore Jackson's surroundings by going to The West Tennessee Agriculture Museum (in Milan), Ames Plantation (in Grand Junction) and Brownsville (West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center & Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School). The adventure continues: stroll through Shiloh National Military Park, sample the fine beverages at Samuel T Bryant Distillery, see the interesting displays at Tennessee River Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at The Veterans' Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Jackson journey maker.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Jackson takes 1.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Jackson when traveling from Memphis in April, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Chattanooga.
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Chattanooga — 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chattanooga: River Rafting & Tubing (in Ocoee) and University of the South (in Sewanee). The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Chattanooga National Cemetery, ponder the design of Coolidge Park, cast your line with a fishing tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ruby Falls.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Jackson to Chattanooga takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Jackson to Chattanooga. In May, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking & Clingmans Dome), Helicopter Tours (in Sevierville) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). There's much more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Gatlinburg trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Cookeville.
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Cookeville — 6 nights

Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cookeville: Virgin Falls State Natural Area (in Sparta), Model Railroad Exhibit by Crossville Model Railroad Club (in Crossville) and Rock Island State Park (in Rock Island). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tennessee Legend Distillery, take in the dramatic natural features at Twin Arches, stroll through Burgess Falls State Park, and immerse yourself in nature at Frozen Head State Park.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cookeville online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Cookeville takes 3 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Cookeville due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Cookeville are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nashville.
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Nashville — 8 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 find plenty of places to visit near Nashville: Franklin (Carnton, David Arms, &more) and Chickasaw Trace County Park (in Columbia). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville journey planner.

Traveling by car from Cookeville to Nashville takes 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Nashville are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel 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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