51 days in Tennessee Itinerary

51 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee itinerary planner

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Nashville
— 6 nights
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Jackson
— 6 nights
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Memphis
— 7 nights
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Elizabethton
— 3 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 14 nights
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Knoxville
— 6 nights
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Ducktown
— 1 night
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Chattanooga
— 7 nights
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Nashville

— 6 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nashville side-trips: Franklin (McLemore House & Winstead Hill Park). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, take in the history at Lotz House Museum, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nashville trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Nashville. In June, daytime highs in Nashville are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Jackson.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Jackson

— 6 nights
Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Get out of town with these interesting Jackson side-trips: Shiloh National Military Park (in Shiloh), Brownsville (West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center & Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School) and Cherry Mansion (in Savannah). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Samuel T Bryant Distillery, stroll around Eiffel Tower Park, see the interesting displays at Discovery Park of America, and immerse yourself in nature at Pinson Mounds State Park.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Jackson trip maker app.

Getting from Nashville to Jackson by car takes about 2.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Jackson can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Jackson

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Memphis

— 7 nights

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.
Step out of Memphis with an excursion to Mid South Military Museum in Atoka--about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Graceland, explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Memphis online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Jackson to Memphis takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Elizabethton.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Elizabethton

— 3 nights
Elizabethton is a city in, and the county seat of Carter County, Tennessee, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Elizabethton: Jonesborough (Tennessee Hills Distillery & International Storytelling Center), Backbone Rock Waterfall (in Shady Valley) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Erwin). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Cherokee National Forest, find something for the whole family at Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park, sample the fine beverages at East Tennessee Distillery, and appreciate the history behind Veterans' Monument.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Elizabethton online journey planner.

You can drive from Memphis to Elizabethton in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Memphis in June, with highs in Elizabethton at 83°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Elizabethton

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 14 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

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.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for wildlife, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, and take in the dramatic scenery at Spruce Flats Falls.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Elizabethton to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in July, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Knoxville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Knoxville

— 6 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Explore Knoxville's surroundings by going to Cocke County Moonshine Distillery (in Newport), Sevierville (Tennessee Legend Distillery - Winfield Dunn Parkway & Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy) and Hartford (River Rafting & Tubing & Zipline). There's much more to do: make a splash at Dollywood, take in nature's colorful creations at Parrot Mountain & Gardens, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky, and take a leisurely stroll along The Island in Pigeon Forge.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Knoxville online tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Knoxville. In July, daytime highs in Knoxville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ducktown.

Things to do in Knoxville

Theme Parks · Parks · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ducktown

— 1 night
Ducktown is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. On the 24th (Fri), let the river carry you with Ocoee Outdoors, Inc., see the interesting displays at Ducktown Basin Museum, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ducktown itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Knoxville to Ducktown takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Ducktown

Adventure · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Chattanooga

— 7 nights

Dynamo of Dixie

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chattanooga: Ocoee HorseRide (in Charleston), Ocoee (Adventures Unlimited & River Rafting & Tubing) and Savannah Oaks Winery (in Delano). There's much more to do: partake in some friendly competition at Escape Experience - Chattanooga Escape Room Games, admire the sheer force of Ruby Falls, explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns, and sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chattanooga road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Ducktown to Chattanooga takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Ducktown in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Chattanooga, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Adventure · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
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.