56 days in Tennessee Itinerary

56 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee travel route planner
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Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Memphis
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Memphis
— 10 nights
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Knoxville
— 7 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 12 nights
Drive
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Ducktown
— 1 night
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 8 nights
Drive
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Lynchburg
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nashville
— 12 nights
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Memphis — 10 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School (in Brownsville), WC Johnson Park (in Collierville) and Jackson (Samuel T Bryant Distillery & Century Farm Winery). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Graceland, make a trip to The Peabody Ducks, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Memphis online visit planner.

Exeter, UK to Memphis is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. Traveling from Exeter to Memphis, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In September in Memphis, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Knoxville.
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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: Cades Cove Museum (in Maryville), Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend) and McFee Park (in Farragut). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of East Tennesse Historical Society, explore and take pictures at Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, explore the different monuments and memorials at Knoxville National Cemetery, and stroll around High Ground Park & River Bluff Wildlife Area.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Knoxville online tour itinerary builder.

Fly from Memphis to Knoxville in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Memphis to Knoxville due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Knoxville when traveling from Memphis in September, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.
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Gatlinburg — 12 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tennessee Legend Distillery - Winfield Dunn Parkway (in Sevierville) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Clingmans Dome, Abrams Falls Trail, &more). Pack the 3rd (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, make a splash at Dollywood, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and do a tasting at Tennessee Cider Company.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg online road trip planner.

Getting from Knoxville to Gatlinburg by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ducktown.
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Ducktown — 1 night

Ducktown is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. On the 5th (Wed), look for gifts at Christmas is Here!, then sample the tasty concoctions at Copperhill Brewery, then sample the tasty concoctions at Buck Bald Brewing, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ducktown route builder website.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Ducktown takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in October, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chattanooga.
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chattanooga: Benton Falls Hike (in Benton), River Rafting & Tubing (in Ocoee) and Ocoee HorseRide (in Charleston). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium, pause for some photo ops at Law Enforcement Memorial, gain insight at University of the South, and sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Chattanooga trip maker site.

Drive from Ducktown to Chattanooga in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Ducktown, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Chattanooga, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Lynchburg.
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Lynchburg — 5 nights

Lynchburg is a city in the south-central region of the U.S. state of Tennessee. Get out of town with these interesting Lynchburg side-trips: Falls Mill (in Belvidere), Lyon Family Farms (in Taft) and Harvey's Garden (in Winchester). There's lots more to do: gain some tasty knowledge on Whiskey Bent Tours, see the interesting displays at Old Jail Museum, stroll around Stone Bridge Park, and sample the fine beverages at Cave Spring Hollow.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lynchburg itinerary maker site.

Getting from Chattanooga to Lynchburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Chattanooga in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lynchburg, with lows of 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nashville.
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Nashville — 12 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Franklin (Carter House, Carnton, &more), Room Escape Games (in Murfreesboro) and Cookeville (Hix Farm Brewery & Tennessee Legend Distillery). Next up on the itinerary: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, and take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

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Getting from Lynchburg to Nashville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Nashville are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel 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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