7 days in East Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in East Tennessee Itinerary

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7 days in East Tennessee Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Knoxville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Ducktown
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Chattanooga
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Knoxville Museum of Art and then contemplate the long history of Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Ijams Nature Center, engage your brain at American Museum of Science and Energy, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Knoxville holiday planning website .

New York City to Knoxville is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Knoxville can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ducktown.

Things to do in Knoxville

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Sam Houston Historic Schoolhouse, American Museum of Science and Energy
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Ijams Nature Center ©
Ijams Nature Center
American Museum of Science and Energy ©
Knoxville Museum of Art
Knoxville Museum of Art

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night
Ducktown

Ducktown is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. On the 1st (Thu), stop by Christmas is Here!, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then explore the activities along Ocoee Outdoors, Inc..

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ducktown trip planner .

Drive from Knoxville to Ducktown in 2.5 hours. July in Ducktown sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Ducktown

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Ocoee Outdoors, Inc., Christmas is Here!
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River Rafting & Tubing
Christmas is Here! ©
Christmas is Here!

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum and Tennessee Aquarium will thrill your kids. Popular historic sites such as Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields and Bluff View Art District are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Chattanooga: Ocoee (Adventures Unlimited & River Rafting & Tubing) and Fall Creek Falls (in Fall Creek Falls State Park). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Creative Discovery Museum, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga day trip planning tool .

Drive from Ducktown to Chattanooga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, Chattanooga is somewhat warmer than Ducktown - with highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Ocoee, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, Fall Creek Falls
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Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Creative Discovery Museum
Creative Discovery Museum
Fall Creek Falls ©
Fall Creek Falls