5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip planner

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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Memphis
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg

— 2 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Get out of town with these interesting Gatlinburg side-trips: Helicopter Tours (in Sevierville) and Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, find something for the whole family at The Island in Pigeon Forge, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip itinerary planner.

Philadelphia to Gatlinburg is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. September in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Breweries & Distilleries · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Nashville

— 1 night

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Parks · Nightlife

Memphis

— 1 night

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
You've now added Rockabilly Rides to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): catch all the local highlights with Rockabilly Rides, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and then see the interesting displays at Graceland.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Memphis trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Nashville in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 68°F in Memphis. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
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.