7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
1
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Memphis
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Chicago

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Tennessee Homemade Wines and Fowler's Clay Works are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Gatlinburg with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, get in on the family fun at Dollywood, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg travel route planner.

Chicago to Gatlinburg is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Gatlinburg due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing, Noah Bud Ogle Cabin
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Tennessee Homemade Wines ©
Tennessee Homemade Wines
Titanic Museum Attraction ©
Titanic Museum Attraction

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
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 27th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Lotz House Museum, then examine the collection at RCA Studio B, then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally see a show at Grand Ole Opry. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe and then wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville driving holiday website .

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In June in Nashville, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Nightlife

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, browse the exhibits of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, make a trip to Beale Street, then make a trip to The Peabody Ducks, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter Catholic Church.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis road trip site .

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. June in Memphis sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
St. Peter Catholic Church ©
St. Peter Catholic Church

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