42 days in Tennessee Itinerary

42 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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42 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Fort Smith
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 13 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Maynardville
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Chattanooga
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Nashville
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Shiloh
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Memphis
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Fort Smith

13
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Titanic Museum and Smoky Mountain Knife Works. Escape the urban bustle at Charlies Bunion and Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Tanger Outlet Sevierville (in Sevierville) and Pigeon Forge (Christmas Place, Dollywood, & more). There's lots more to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, explore and take pictures at Cades Cove, trek along Alum Cave Trail, and get outside with The Sinks.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary builder.

Fort Smith to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Fort Smith to Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to the time zone difference. In January in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 30°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Maynardville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville
Highlights from your plan
Quiet Walkways ©
Quiet Walkways
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

4
nights
Maynardville

Maynardville ©
Maynardville is a city that is the county seat of Union County, Tennessee, United States. Visiting Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium and Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Maynardville: Greeneville Antique Market (in Greeneville), Brights Zoo (in Limestone) and Knoxville (Market Square & Turkey Creek).

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Maynardville vacation builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Maynardville. January in Maynardville sees daily highs of 47°F and lows of 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Maynardville

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Knoxville, Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium, Greeneville Antique Market, Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, Brights Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium ©
Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium
Brights Zoo ©
Brights Zoo
Greeneville Antique Market ©
Greeneville Antique Market

6
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.
Visiting Ruby Falls and River Rafting & Tubing will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chattanooga: Burgess Falls (in Sparta) and Ocoee Outdoors, Inc. (in Ocoee). There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Tennessee Aquarium, stroll through Lookout Mountain, snap pictures at Coolidge Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Chattanooga travel planner.

Traveling by car from Maynardville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. February in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 34°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ocoee, Burgess Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruby Falls ©
Ruby Falls
Lookout Mountain ©
Lookout Mountain

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Opry Mills and Gruhn Guitars Inc. Escape the urban bustle at Walden Pumpkin Farm and Shelby Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nashville: Franklin (Lotz House Museum & Carter House). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, look for gifts at Antique Archaeology Nashville, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nashville tour planner.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Nashville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In February in Nashville, expect temperatures between 53°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Shiloh.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Franklin, Walden Pumpkin Farm
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

5
nights
Shiloh

Shiloh ©
Visiting Shiloh National Military Park and Natchez Trace State Park will get you outdoors. Let the collections at Tennessee River Museum and Buford Pusser Home & Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Shiloh side-trips: Big Hill Pond State Park (in Pocahontas), Mousetail Landing State Park (in Linden) and Jackson (Cypress Grove Nature Park, The Ballpark at Jackson, & more). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Crown Winery and look for gifts at Shiloh Museum and Gift Shop.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Shiloh travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Nashville to Shiloh in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in February, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Shiloh

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Jackson, Big Hill Pond State Park, Natchez Trace State Park, Tennessee River Museum, Mousetail Landing State Park
Highlights from your plan
Shiloh National Military Park ©
Shiloh National Military Park
Natchez Trace State Park ©
Natchez Trace State Park
Buford Pusser Home and Museum ©
Buford Pusser Home and Museum

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Memphis Zoo and Mirimichi Golf Course. Head to Dinstuhl's Fine Candies and Memphis Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum, get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, don't miss a visit to Graceland, and stop by Center For Southern Folklore.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis online itinerary creator.

You can drive from Shiloh to Memphis in 2 hours. In February in Memphis, expect temperatures between 54°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Millington
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art ©
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art

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