7 days in East Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in East Tennessee Itinerary

Make it your trip
— 1 night
Johnson City
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


Knoxville — 1 night

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): stroll around High Ground Park & River Bluff Wildlife Area and then stroll through Ijams Nature Center. On your second day here, explore the activities along Cove Lake State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Frozen Head State Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Knoxville trip planner.

Minneapolis to Knoxville is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Knoxville is 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in May, things will get a bit warmer in Knoxville: highs are around 79°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Johnson City.
Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Johnson City — 2 nights

Johnson City is a city in Washington, Carter, and Sullivan counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee, with most of the city being in Washington County. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): immerse yourself in nature at Roan Mountain State Park and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tennessee Hills Distillery. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Johnson City trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Knoxville to Johnson City in 2 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Johnson City when traveling from Knoxville in May, with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Chattanooga.
Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Chattanooga — 3 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ruby Falls and Big Soddy Creek Gulf. When in Chattanooga, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Ocoee, approximately Ocoee away. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Chattanooga National Cemetery, get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the landscape on two wheels at Enterprise South Nature Park, and sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Chattanooga online trip builder.

Getting from Johnson City to Chattanooga by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Johnson City in May: high temperatures in Chattanooga hover around 81°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Adventure
Side Trips