55 days in Tennessee Itinerary

55 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee sightseeing planner

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Jackson
— 4 nights
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Memphis
— 7 nights
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Johnson City
— 5 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 7 nights
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Knoxville
— 7 nights
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Tellico Plains
— 3 nights
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Chattanooga
— 7 nights
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Cookeville
— 6 nights
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Nashville
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Jackson

— 4 nights
Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Venture out of the city with trips to The West Tennessee Agriculture Museum (in Milan), Shiloh (Shiloh National Military Park & Shiloh Museum and Gift Shop) and Reelfoot Lake State Park (in Tiptonville). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Samuel T Bryant Distillery, immerse yourself in nature at Cypress Grove Nature Park, examine the collection at Legends of Tennessee Music Museum at the Carnegie, and learn about winemaking at Century Farm Winery.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jackson vacation app.

Nashville to Jackson is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in February, and nighttime lows around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Jackson

Nature · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

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.
Go for a jaunt from Memphis to Collierville to see Collierville TN Historic District about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Graceland, meet the residents at Memphis Zoo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, and steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks.

To find more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Memphis driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Jackson to Memphis in 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Johnson City.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Johnson City

— 5 nights
Johnson City is a city in Washington, Carter, and Sullivan counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee, with most of the city being in Washington County. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Johnson City: Cooper's Gem Mine (in Blountville), Tennessee Ernie Ford House (in Bristol) and Greeneville (Greene County History Museum & Greeneville Antique Market). There's still lots to do: push the limits with an extreme tour, sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Hills Distillery, get in on the family fun at Kingsport Carousel & Park, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Johnson City Brewing Company.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Johnson City travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Johnson City takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Memphis to Johnson City is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Memphis in February since evenings lows in Johnson City dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Johnson City

Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 7 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Sevierville (Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy & Sevier Distilling Company) and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take a leisurely stroll along The Island in Pigeon Forge, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Johnson City to Gatlinburg takes 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Knoxville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Knoxville

— 7 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knoxville: University of Tennessee Arboretum (in Oak Ridge), Loudon (Annabells Emporium And Cafe & Tennessee Valley Winery) and Sevierville (Helicopter Tours & Eagle Springs Winery). There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, take some stellar pictures from Look Rock Tower, take an in-depth tour of East Tennesse Historical Society, and make a trip to Market Square.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Knoxville journey app.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Knoxville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Knoxville can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tellico Plains.

Things to do in Knoxville

Wineries · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tellico Plains

— 3 nights
Tellico Plains is a town in Monroe County, Tennessee, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Savannah Oaks Winery (in Delano), Tellico Community Playhouse (in Loudon) and Cades Cove (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Bald River Falls, stop by Indian Boundary General Store, examine the collection at Charles Hall Museum, and cruise along Cherohala Skyway.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tellico Plains attractions planner.

Getting from Knoxville to Tellico Plains by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Tellico Plains can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Tellico Plains

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chattanooga: Sewanee (Mountain Goat Trail, University of the South, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tennessee Aquarium, Head underground at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, explore the landscape on two wheels at Enterprise South Nature Park, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chattanooga trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tellico Plains to Chattanooga takes 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Chattanooga when traveling from Tellico Plains in March, with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cookeville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Cookeville

— 6 nights
Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Cookeville side-trips: Crossville (Military Memorial Museum, Chestnut Hill Winery, &more), Edgar Evins State Park (in Silver Point) and Jamestown (Pickett CCC Memorial State Park & Highland Manor Winery). Spend the 22nd (Mon) exploring nature at Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. There's lots more to do: indulge your thirst for a good beer at Red Silo Brewing Company, do a tasting at Holly Ridge Winery, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tennessee Legend Distillery, and immerse yourself in nature at Cummins Falls State Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Cookeville trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Cookeville takes 2 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Chattanooga to Cookeville is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chattanooga in March, expect Cookeville to be a bit cooler, temps between 58°F and 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Cookeville

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Wineries

Side Trips

Nashville

— 8 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Franklin (Carter Gin Assault Site Park & Leiper's Fork Distillery). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, and explore the galleries of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip planner.

You can drive from Cookeville to Nashville in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 61°F in March, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours

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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.