5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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5 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Memphis online travel route planner .

Chicago to Memphis is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Chicago in April, things will get a bit warmer in Memphis: highs are around 74°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

2
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.
On the 3rd (Tue), catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then take a stroll through Downtown Nashville.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nashville day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Neighborhoods Museums Tours

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

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night
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
On the 5th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, and then sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, then get in on the family fun at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, then steep yourself in history at Walker Sisters' Cabin, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Gatlinburg trip app .

You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. April in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine ©
Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine
Titanic Museum Attraction ©
Titanic Museum Attraction

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