5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Cedar Rapids
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
End: Cedar Rapids

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Walker Sisters' Cabin are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Roaring Fork and Mount LeConte. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Ramsey Cascades (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). It doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg planner .

Cedar Rapids to Gatlinburg is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Gatlinburg when traveling from Cedar Rapids in July, with lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

1
night
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.
On the 30th (Mon), contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, don't miss a visit to Beale Street, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Memphis vacation website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Gatlinburg to Memphis in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Gatlinburg to Memphis is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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