60 days in Tennessee Itinerary

60 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Fly to Tri-Cities Regional TN/VA Airport, Drive to Elizabethton
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Elizabethton
— 3 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 17 nights
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Ducktown
— 1 night
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Chattanooga
— 14 nights
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Nashville
— 13 nights
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Shiloh
— 2 nights
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Memphis
— 9 nights
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Elizabethton — 3 nights

Elizabethton is a city in, and the county seat of Carter County, Tennessee, United States. Go for a jaunt from Elizabethton to Butler to see Wautauga Lake about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Cherokee National Forest, get outside with Outdoor Activities, steep yourself in history at Veterans' Monument, and immerse yourself in nature at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Elizabethton road trip planning tool.

Zacatecas, Mexico to Elizabethton is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Zacatecas to Elizabethton due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Zacatecas in August: high temperatures in Elizabethton hover around 33°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 17 nights

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: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Clingmans Dome, admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls, walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, and cruise along Little River Road.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip builder website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Elizabethton to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ducktown.
Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
Side Trip

Ducktown — 1 night

Ducktown is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): see the interesting displays at Ducktown Basin Museum and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ducktown trip itinerary planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Ducktown. When traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Ducktown, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.
Museums · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Chattanooga — 14 nights

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 out of town with these interesting Chattanooga side-trips: Bald River Falls (in Tellico Plains), River Rafting & Tubing (in Ocoee) and Ocoee HorseRide (in Charleston). The adventure continues: Head underground at Ruby Falls, delve into the lush surroundings at Grundy Forest Natural Area, make a trip to Market Square, and take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Chattanooga online travel route builder.

You can drive from Ducktown to Chattanooga in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ducktown in September; daily highs in Chattanooga reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nashville.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Nashville — 13 nights

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Get out of town with these interesting Nashville side-trips: Kingston Springs (Narrows of the Harpeth & Canoe Music City), Franklin (Carter House & Carnton) and Edgar Evins State Park (in Silver Point). And it doesn't end there: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and get engrossed in the history at Fiddlers Grove.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Chattanooga to Nashville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Shiloh.
Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips

Shiloh — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stop by Shiloh Museum and Gift Shop, then witness the site of a historic battle at Shiloh National Military Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Pickwick Landing State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Chickasaw State Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Shiloh, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nashville to Shiloh in 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Shiloh can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Memphis.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Memphis — 9 nights

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: Carnegie Legends Museum (in Jackson), Pinson Mounds State Park (in Pinson) and Mid South Military Museum (in Atoka). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Graceland, have fun and explore at The Children's Museum of Memphis, get to know the resident critters at Memphis Zoo, and admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art.

To find photos and tourist information, read Memphis trip website.

Drive from Shiloh to Memphis in 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Memphis when traveling from Shiloh in October, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums
Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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Distilleries · Specialty Museums · 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.