5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Memphis
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Franklin
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Newark

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, then look for gifts at Lansky, and finally make a trip to Beale Street.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Memphis trip itinerary builder website .

Newark to Memphis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Newark to Memphis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Newark in September, with highs in Memphis at 87°F and lows at 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Franklin.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Beale Street ©
Beale Street

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Franklin

Franklin ©
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): wander the streets of Downtown Franklin, then examine the collection at Carnton, then contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, and finally take in the history at Carter Gin Assault Site Park.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Franklin online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Franklin takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Memphis in September, plan for little chillier nights in Franklin, with lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Franklin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carnton ©
Carnton

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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 Grotto Falls Trail and Smoky Mountain Knife Works. Get outdoors at Roaring Fork and Clingmans Dome. Step out of Gatlinburg with an excursion to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get some fabulous bargains at Tanger Outlets Sevierville, appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, take in the exciting artwork at Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, and shop like a local with Fowler's Clay Works.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Gatlinburg attractions tool .

You can drive from Franklin to Gatlinburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine
Highlights from your plan
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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