7 days in Nashville, Chattanooga & Knoxville Itinerary

7 days in Nashville, Chattanooga & Knoxville Itinerary

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Nashville
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Chattanooga
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Knoxville
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Nashville

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): sample the fine beverages at Leiper's Fork Distillery, then stroll through Winstead Hill Park, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Crockett Park. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Hermitage Golf Course, then step into the grandiose world of Historic Rock Castle, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Upper Room.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville road trip planner.

San Diego to Nashville is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time is 2 hours. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nashville, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Chattanooga

— 2 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.
On the 12th (Mon), examine the collection at Coker Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Greenway Farms Conference Center, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Enterprise South Nature Park, and finally look for gifts at The Spice & Tea Exchange of Chattanooga. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Signal Point, then get outside with High Point Climbing, and then see the interesting displays at Songbirds.

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Drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga. In July, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Knoxville

— 2 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, then hike along Grotto Falls Parking, and then identify plant and animal life at Ijams Nature Center.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Knoxville online visit planner.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Knoxville in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Knoxville can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips