7 days in Roanoke, Chattanooga & Knoxville Itinerary

7 days in Roanoke, Chattanooga & Knoxville Itinerary

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7 days in Roanoke, Chattanooga & Knoxville Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Roanoke
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Knoxville
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
Roanoke

Roanoke ©
Roanoke is an independent city in the U.S. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Taubman Museum of Art and then walk around Mill Mountain Star & Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Natural Bridge State Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Virginia Safari Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Roanoke online tour planner .

Philadelphia to Roanoke is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Roanoke

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Natural Bridge
Highlights from your plan
Virginia Safari Park ©
Virginia Safari Park
Natural Bridge State Park ©
Natural Bridge State Park
Mill Mountain Star & Park ©
Mill Mountain Star & Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): get great views at Lookout Mountain, Head underground at Ruby Falls, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium. On the next day, test your team's savvy at Escape Mission Chattanooga, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Chattanooga trip planner.

You can fly from Roanoke to Chattanooga in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Roanoke in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Chattanooga: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Tennessee Aquarium ©
Tennessee Aquarium
River Rafting & Tubing
Ruby Falls ©
Ruby Falls

3
nights
Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at High Ground Park & River Bluff Wildlife Area and then cool off at Dollywood. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and finally find something for the whole family at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Knoxville sightseeing planner .

Drive from Chattanooga to Knoxville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge
Highlights from your plan
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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