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 Memphis Zoo. Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum 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), Legends of Tennessee Music Museum at the Carnegie (in Jackson) and Collierville TN Historic District (in Collierville). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, admire the masterpieces at Dixon Gallery & Gardens, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, 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 7.5-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.

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 Lotz House Museum and Carnton 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, Carter House, &more), Loretta Lynn's Ranch (in Hurricane Mills) and Murfreesboro (Bradley Academy Museum, Stones River National Battlefield, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Patsy Cline Museum, browse the exhibits of Cheekwood, admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum, and get to know the fascinating history 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 take a bus; or fly. 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.

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 Creative Discovery Museum and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum capture your imagination. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Raccoon Mountain Caverns and Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Chattanooga: Ocoee (Adventures Unlimited & River Rafting & Tubing), Rock Island State Park (in Rock Island) and Ocoee HorseRide (in Charleston). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Bluff View Art District, admire the landmark architecture of Hunter Museum of American Art, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruby Falls, and examine the collection at Coker Museum.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chattanooga trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Nashville to Chattanooga by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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 · Tours · Outdoors

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 Roaring Fork. Get in touch with nature at Clingmans Dome and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Jump Off Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Spruce Flats Falls, look for all kinds of wild species at Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail, and stroll through Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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 · Tours

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 Zipline. 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 Gatlinburg (Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook & Hollywood Star Cars Museum), Sevierville (Helicopter Tours, Forbidden Caverns, &more) and Pigeon Forge (Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, &more). 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks · Theme 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.