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

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.
Kids will enjoy Graceland and Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum. Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum and Metal Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Memphis' surroundings by going to Brownsville (West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center & Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School), Legends of Tennessee Music Museum at the Carnegie (in Jackson) and Collierville TN Historic District (in Collierville). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, and pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Memphis trip planner.

New York City to Memphis is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Memphis. 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Nashville

— 11 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.
Popular historic sites such as Cheekwood and Carter House are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Centennial Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Franklin (Franklin Glassblowing Studio, Jim Warren Park, &more), Murfreesboro (Bradley Academy Museum, Stones River National Battlefield, &more) and Loretta Lynn's Ranch (in Hurricane Mills). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, visit Downtown Franklin, engage your brain at Adventure Science Center, and admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nashville day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June in Nashville, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chattanooga

— 8 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.
Let the collections at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and Coker Museum 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: Rock Island State Park (in Rock Island), Ocoee HorseRide (in Charleston) and Ocoee (Adventures Unlimited & River Rafting & Tubing). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Chattanooga National Cemetery, get a taste of the local shopping with Moon Pie General Store, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium, and admire the sheer force of Ruby Falls.

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.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Museums

Side Trips

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.

Things to do in Ducktown

Adventure · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 13 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Cades Cove and Laurel Falls. Get in touch with nature at Clingmans Dome and Newfound Gap Road. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Quiet Walkways, stroll through Grotto Falls Parking, and take in the dramatic scenery at Spruce Flats Falls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park road trip planning tool.

Explore your travel options from Ducktown to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. In July in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Bristol.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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 take a memorable tour with Tours. 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 travel to Knoxville.

Things to do in Bristol

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Knoxville

— 7 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Escape the urban bustle at Tuckaleechee Caverns and Forbidden Caverns. Discover out-of-the-way places like Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Rockin' Raceway Arcade. Venture out of the city with trips to Gatlinburg (Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook & Hollywood Star Cars Museum), Pigeon Forge (Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, &more) and Sevierville (Helicopter Tours & Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Bush's Visitor Center, trot along with a tour on horseback, revel in the low prices at Russell Stover Candies, and find something for the whole family at Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Knoxville road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Bristol to Knoxville takes 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Knoxville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Theme Parks · Parks · 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.