42 days in Tennessee Itinerary

42 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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42 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Nashville
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Memphis
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Jackson
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Sparta
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Chattanooga
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Ducktown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Gatlinburg
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Erwin
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Boston

7
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Let the collections at Madame Tussauds Nashville and The George Jones capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Frist Art Museum and Cheekwood. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nashville: Franklin (Franklin Glassblowing Studio, The Shoppes On Main Gifts & More Boutique, & more) and Loretta Lynn's Ranch (in Hurricane Mills). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, browse the different shops at Opry Mills, and admire the striking features of Fontanel Mansion.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nashville trip planner.

Boston to Nashville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to Nashville due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Boston in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Nashville: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Franklin, Loretta Lynn's Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum
Loretta Lynn's Ranch ©
Loretta Lynn's Ranch
RCA Studio B ©
RCA Studio B

7
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
Head to Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and Memphis Farmers Marketfor some retail therapy. Appreciate the collections at Stax Museum of American Soul Music and National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. Venture out of the city with trips to Mid South Military Museum (in Atoka), Covington's Historic Square (in Covington) and Collierville TN Historic District (in Collierville). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, don't miss a visit to Graceland, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Memphis Zoo.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Memphis online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. August in Memphis sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 73°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Mid South Military Museum, Collierville TN Historic District, Covington's Historic Square
Highlights from your plan
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

5
nights
Jackson

Jackson ©
Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Discovery Park of America and Shiloh National Military Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Rusty's TV and Movie Car Museum and International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jackson: The West Tennessee Agriculture Museum (in Milan), Buford Pusser Home and Museum (in Adamsville) and National Bird Dog Museum (in Grand Junction). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Legends of Tennessee Music Museum at the Carnegie, learn about all things military at The Veterans' Museum, browse for treasures at Carriage House Antique Market & Cafe, and sample the fine beverages at Samuel T Bryant Distillery LLC.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jackson route planner .

Drive from Memphis to Jackson in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Memphis in August, expect little chillier with lows of 67°F in Jackson. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sparta.

Things to do in Jackson

Museums Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Reelfoot Lake State Park, The West Tennessee Agriculture Museum, The Veterans' Museum, Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School, Shiloh National Military Park
Highlights from your plan
Shiloh National Military Park ©
Shiloh National Military Park
Discovery Park of America ©
Discovery Park of America
Buford Pusser Home and Museum ©
Buford Pusser Home and Museum

3
nights
Sparta

Sparta ©
Sparta is a city and the county seat of White County, Tennessee, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Burgess Falls State Park and Cummins Falls State Park. Get outdoors at Fall Creek Falls and Cumberland Caverns. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sparta: T.B. Sutton General Store (in Granville), Piney Creek Falls (in Spencer) and George Dickel Distillery (in Tullahoma). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Sparta Rock House and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tennessee Legend Distillery.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sparta travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Jackson to Sparta in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In August, daytime highs in Sparta are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Sparta

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cookeville, Piney Creek Falls, Fall Creek Falls, George Dickel Distillery, Cumberland Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Burgess Falls State Park ©
Burgess Falls State Park
Fall Creek Falls ©
Fall Creek Falls
Cummins Falls State Park ©
Cummins Falls State Park

7
nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Hunter Museum of American Art and Hart Gallery Tennessee. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tennessee Riverpark and Creative Discovery Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chattanooga: Ocoee (River Rafting & Tubing & Adventures Unlimited), Lynchburg Hardware and General Store (in Lynchburg) and Beechcraft Heritage Museum (in Tullahoma). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Big Soddy Creek Gulf, grab your bike and head to Greenway Farm-North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy, and partake in some friendly competition at Escape Experience - Chattanooga.

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Getting from Sparta to Chattanooga by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Sparta to Chattanooga, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Chattanooga when traveling from Sparta in August, with lows around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ducktown.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ocoee, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, Beechcraft Heritage Museum, Lynchburg Hardware and General Store, Flying Camp
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns

1
night
Ducktown

Ducktown is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the activities along Ocoee Outdoors, Inc., then see the interesting displays at Ducktown Basin Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ducktown trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Chattanooga to Ducktown in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chattanooga in August: high temperatures in Ducktown hover around 83°F and lows are around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Ducktown

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Ocoee Outdoors, Inc.
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Ducktown Basin Museum ©
Ducktown Basin Museum

8
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
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 Alum Cave Trail and Newfound Gap Road. Escape the urban bustle at Chimney Tops Trail and Grotto Falls Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford), Sevierville (Smoky Mountain Knife Works & Forbidden Caverns) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome, & more). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Tuckaleechee Caverns, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, shop like a local with Fowler's Clay Works, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Gatlinburg trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ducktown to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. Traveling from Ducktown in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in Gatlinburg. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Erwin.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Tuckaleechee Caverns, West Town Mall
Highlights from your plan
Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook ©
Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail

2
nights
Erwin

Erwin is a town in and the county seat of Unicoi County, Tennessee, United States. On the 5th (Thu), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Brights Zoo, then admire all the interesting features of International Storytelling Center, and then trek along Pinnacle Mountain Trail. On the next day, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then explore the activities along Nolichucky River.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Erwin journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Erwin takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Gatlinburg in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Erwin, with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Erwin

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Pinnacle Mountain Trail, Brights Zoo, International Storytelling Center
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
International Storytelling Center ©
Brights Zoo ©
Brights Zoo

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