6 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

6 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Gatlinburg Trail and then take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail. On the next day, hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and then hike along Rainbow Falls Trail.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park travel itinerary planner.

Minneapolis to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Minneapolis in February, with highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 52°F and lows at 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Nature

Nashville

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Tennessee State Museum and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): take a stroll through Downtown Franklin and then browse the exhibits of Carter House.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Nashville tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Nashville. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in February, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Breweries & Distilleries

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Memphis

— 2 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.
On the 14th (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Elmwood Cemetery and then see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

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Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums