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

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Escape the urban bustle at Roaring Fork and Little Greenbrier School. Get a sense of the local culture at Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Fowler's Clay Works. Step out of Gatlinburg to go to Hartford and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, get in on the family fun at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, and steep yourself in history at Walker Sisters' Cabin.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg trip maker app .

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. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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 4th (Wed): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, then steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, and finally catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, then see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, and then take a stroll through Downtown Nashville.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Nashville trip planner .

Getting from Gatlinburg to Nashville by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Nashville are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

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.
On the 6th (Fri), admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, make a trip to Beale Street, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Memphis when traveling from Nashville in September, with lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art ©
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art

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