60 days in Alabama, Tennessee & Mississippi Itinerary

60 days in Alabama, Tennessee & Mississippi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip planner

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Birmingham
— 9 nights
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Memphis
— 5 nights
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Tunica
— 3 nights
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Franklin
— 6 nights
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Nashville
— 6 nights
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Chattanooga
— 6 nights
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Sevierville
— 5 nights
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Pigeon Forge
— 6 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 7 nights
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Gatlinburg
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Birmingham

— 9 nights

Magic City

Birmingham may be one of America's most controversial cities.
Change things up with these side-trips from Birmingham: Jules J. Berta Vineyards & Pizza (in Albertville), U.G. White Mercantile (in Athens) and Wills Creek Vineyards (in Attalla). The adventure continues: deepen your understanding of the past and present with Red Clay Tours, admire the masterpieces at Birmingham Museum of Art, play a few rounds at FarmLinks Golf Course, and learn about winemaking at Morgan Creek Vineyards.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Birmingham trip planner.

Atlanta to Birmingham is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In October, daytime highs in Birmingham are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Birmingham

Museums · Parks · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Memphis

— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Memphis: Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School (in Brownsville) and Samuel T Bryant Distillery (in Jackson). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Graceland, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, and try your luck at Southland Casino Racing.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Memphis trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Birmingham to Memphis by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tunica.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours

Side Trips

Tunica

— 3 nights
Tunica is a town in and the county seat of Tunica County, Mississippi, near the Mississippi River. Change things up with a short trip to Helena Museum of Phillips County in Helena (about 34 minutes away). There's more to do: try to win big at Horseshoe Tunica.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tunica journey planning app.

You can drive from Memphis to Tunica in an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Franklin.

Things to do in Tunica

Fun & Games · Casinos · Museums

Side Trip

Franklin

— 6 nights
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Franklin: Keg Springs Winery (in Hampshire), Cave Spring Hollow (in Lynchburg) and Cascade Hollow Distilling Co., Home of George Dickel (in Tullahoma). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, take in the exciting artwork at David Arms Gallery, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Leiper's Fork Distillery, and take in the history at Carnton.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Franklin driving holiday app.

You can fly from Tunica to Franklin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Franklin

Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Nashville

— 6 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 Beachaven Vineyards & Winery (in Clarksville) and Casey Jones Distillery (in Hopkinsville). There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, stop by Downtown Nashville, get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville travel itinerary planner.

Nashville is very close to Franklin. In October, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Chattanooga

— 6 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.
Chattanooga is known for nature, zoos & aquariums, and fun & games. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, have fun and explore at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium, and see human ingenuity at work at Raccoon Mountain Dam.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga journey planning app.

You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga due to the time zone difference. In October, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Sevierville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Sevierville

— 5 nights
Lying at the foothills of the Great Smokies, Sevierville is a friendly tourist town with plenty of Southern charm.
Step out of Sevierville to go to Jonesborough and see Tennessee Hills Distillery, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, learn about winemaking at Eagle Springs Winery, and look for gifts at Smoky Mountain Knife Works.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sevierville trip itinerary site.

Getting from Chattanooga to Sevierville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. November in Sevierville sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pigeon Forge.

Things to do in Sevierville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge

— 6 nights

Center of Fun in the Smokies

A tiny town with big tourist appeal, Pigeon Forge bills itself as the "Center of Fun in the Smokies." Just a short drive from the national park protecting the diverse plant and animal life of the Great Smoky Mountains, the town features numerous places to visit, such as bars, restaurants, cafes, theaters, and shops.
Step out of Pigeon Forge to go to Loudon and see Tennessee Valley Winery, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: cruise along Blue Ridge Pkwy, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, cool off at Dollywood, and experience the excitement of Rocky Top Mountain Coaster.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pigeon Forge driving holiday planner.

Pigeon Forge is just a stone's throw from Sevierville. In November, daytime highs in Pigeon Forge are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Pigeon Forge

Theme Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 7 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.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for parks, nature, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cades Cove, hike along Charlies Bunion, take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road, and admire all the interesting features of Little River Road.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park online road trip planner.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a stone's throw from Pigeon Forge. November in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Gatlinburg

— 6 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.
Spend the 27th (Sat) exploring nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take in the exciting artwork at Paul Murray Gallery, enjoy breathtaking views from Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg tour planner.

Gatlinburg is very close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In November in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Nature

Alabama travel guide

4.3
History Museums · Military Museums · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
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.

Mississippi travel guide

3.4
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.