51 days in Tennessee Itinerary

51 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee holiday planner
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Memphis
— 8 nights
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Nashville
— 11 nights
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Chattanooga
— 8 nights
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Ducktown
— 1 night
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 13 nights
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Bristol
— 2 nights
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Knoxville
— 7 nights
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Memphis — 8 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Graceland and Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. Stax Museum of American Soul Music and National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Memphis' surroundings by going to Brownsville (West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center & Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School), Carnegie Legends Museum (in Jackson) and Collierville TN Historic District (in Collierville). There's much more to do: get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo, admire the masterpieces at Dixon Gallery & Gardens, stroll the grounds of Elmwood Cemetery, and explore the engaging exhibits at The Children's Museum of Memphis.

To find out how to plan a trip to Memphis, use our trip itinerary maker.

New York City to Memphis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in June, things will get a bit warmer in Memphis: highs are around 89°F and lows about 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nashville.
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Nashville — 11 nights

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Popular historic sites such as Lotz House Museum and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Zipline and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Venture out of the city with trips to Loretta Lynn's Ranch (in Hurricane Mills), Murfreesboro (Bradley Academy Museum, Stones River National Battlefield, &more) and Franklin (Franklin Glassblowing Studio, Carter House, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Lane Motor Museum, browse the exhibits of Cheekwood, admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum, and wander the streets of Downtown Franklin.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville road trip planning site.

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Chattanooga.
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Chattanooga — 8 nights

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.
Let the collections at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and Wayne-O-Rama capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Raccoon Mountain Caverns and Tennessee Riverpark. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chattanooga: Ocoee HorseRide (in Charleston), Ocoee (Adventures Unlimited & River Rafting & Tubing) and Rock Island State Park (in Rock Island). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Chattanooga National Cemetery, have fun at Coker Museum - Honest Charley, admire the striking features of Hunter Museum of American Art, and meet the residents at Tennessee Aquarium.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga. In June, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Ducktown.
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Ducktown — 1 night

Ducktown is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): let the river carry you with Ocoee Outdoors, Inc., examine the collection at Ducktown Basin Museum, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ducktown visit planner.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Ducktown in 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chattanooga in July: high temperatures in Ducktown hover around 84°F and lows are around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 13 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cades Cove and Clingmans Dome. Get in touch with nature at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Laurel Falls. The adventure continues: cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, trek along Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and admire the sheer force of Spruce Flats Falls.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park holiday planning site.

Explore your travel options from Ducktown to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. July in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Bristol.
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Bristol — 2 nights

Bristol is a city in Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, admire the majestic nature at Roan Mountain State Park and then walk around Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Bristol trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Bristol. July in Bristol sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Knoxville.
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Knoxville — 7 nights

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Escape the urban bustle at Tuckaleechee Caverns and Bluff Mountain Adventures. Discover out-of-the-way places like Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Bush's Visitor Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Pigeon Forge (Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, Zipline, &more), Sevierville (Helicopter Tours, Forbidden Caverns, &more) and Gatlinburg (Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook & Hollywood Star Cars Museum). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing, look for gifts at Russell Stover Candies, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

Make your Knoxville itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Bristol to Knoxville in 2 hours. July in Knoxville sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Tennessee travel guide

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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.
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