56 days in Tennessee Itinerary

56 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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56 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Akron
+2
bus + subway + Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Nashville
— 12 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Shiloh
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Memphis
— 12 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Gatlinburg
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Oneida
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Tullahoma
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Chattanooga
— 11 nights
+2
bus + subway + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Akron

12
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Downtown Franklin and Carter House. Carnton and Gallery 202 will appeal to museum buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Johnsonville State Historic Park (in New Johnsonville), Stones River National Battlefield (in Murfreesboro) and T.B. Sutton General Store (in Granville). There's lots more to do: see a show at Grand Ole Opry, examine the collection at Loretta Lynn's Ranch, tee off at Hermitage Golf Course, and take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nashville road trip planner .

Akron to Nashville is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Akron to Nashville. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Akron in April: high temperatures in Nashville hover around 74°F and lows are around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Shiloh.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Franklin, T.B. Sutton General Store, Loretta Lynn's Ranch, Johnsonville State Historic Park, Nolensville Feed Mill
Highlights from your plan
Carter House ©
Carter House
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carnton ©
Carnton

2
nights
Shiloh

Shiloh ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): stop by Shiloh Museum and Gift Shop, then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiloh National Military Park, and then stroll the grounds of Shiloh National Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Buford Pusser Home and Museum and then see the interesting displays at Tennessee River Museum.

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Traveling by car from Nashville to Shiloh takes 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Shiloh are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Shiloh

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Buford Pusser Home and Museum, Tennessee River Museum
Highlights from your plan
Shiloh National Military Park ©
Shiloh National Military Park
Buford Pusser Home and Museum ©
Buford Pusser Home and Museum
Tennessee River Museum ©
Tennessee River Museum

12
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. Get in touch with nature at Mirimichi Golf Course and Memphis Zoo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Memphis: Alex Haley House Museum (in Henning) and Collierville (WC Johnson Park & Collierville TN Historic District). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, stroll through Mud Island River Park, admire the striking features of The Orpheum Theatre, and stroll the grounds of Elmwood Cemetery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Memphis trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Shiloh to Memphis in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Collierville, Mirimichi Golf Course, Alex Haley House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©

9
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Head to Tanger Outlets Sevierville and Three Bears General Storefor some retail therapy. Escape the urban bustle at Roaring Fork and Mount LeConte. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, shop like a local with Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, and stroll through Grotto Falls Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Memphis to Gatlinburg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Memphis to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Oneida.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Tuckaleechee Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Alum Cave Trail ©
Alum Cave Trail

4
nights
Oneida

Oneida ©
Oneida is a town in Scott County, Tennessee, United States. Get some historical perspective at Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park and Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum State Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Colditz Cove State Natural Area and Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area. Step out of Oneida to go to Crossville and see Stonehaus Winery, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Twin Arches.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Oneida trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Oneida takes 2.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Oneida due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Oneida when traveling from Gatlinburg in May, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tullahoma.

Things to do in Oneida

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park, Colditz Cove State Natural Area, Cordell Hull Birthplace State Park and Museum, Stonehaus Winery
Highlights from your plan

5
nights
Tullahoma

Tullahoma ©
Tullahoma is a city in Coffee and Franklin counties in the south-central part of the U.S. Let the collections at Beechcraft Heritage Museum and Old Jail Museum capture your imagination. Take a break from the city and head to Short Springs Natural Area and Tims Ford State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tullahoma: Prichard's Distillery (in Kelso), Falls Mill (in Belvidere) and Tenn South Distillery (in Lynnville). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at George Dickel Distillery, stop by Lynchburg Hardware and General Store, explore the fascinating underground world of Cumberland Caverns, and contemplate the long history of Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tullahoma trip builder .

Traveling by car from Oneida to Tullahoma takes 3.5 hours. In June in Tullahoma, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Tullahoma

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Lynchburg, Falls Mill, Cumberland Caverns, Prichard's Distillery, Tenn South Distillery
Highlights from your plan
Short Springs Natural Area ©
Short Springs Natural Area
Cumberland Caverns ©
Cumberland Caverns

11
nights
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Raccoon Mountain Caverns and Grundy Forest Natural Area. For shopping fun, head to Christmas is Here! or Moon Pie General Store. Change things up with these side-trips from Chattanooga: Fall Creek Falls (in Fall Creek Falls State Park), Adventures Unlimited (in Ocoee) and Fall Creek Falls State Park (in Spencer). Next up on the itinerary: take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, take in the dramatic natural features at Great Stone Door, hike along Tennessee Riverpark, and examine the collection at Hunter Museum of American Art.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Chattanooga trip builder website .

You can drive from Tullahoma to Chattanooga in 1.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Tullahoma to Chattanooga is 1 hour. In June, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, Grundy Forest Natural Area, Fall Creek Falls State Park, Fall Creek Falls, Great Stone Door
Highlights from your plan
Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Fall Creek Falls ©
Fall Creek Falls
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited

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