7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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

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 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. Keep things going the next day: stop by Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, get a new perspective on nature at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then examine the collection at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Memphis day trip app .

Chicago to Memphis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in September: high temperatures in Memphis hover around 87°F and lows are around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

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.
On the 17th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Amqui Station and Visitors Center, examine the collection at RCA Studio B, steep yourself in history at Carter House, then contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, then see the interesting displays at Carnton, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nashville travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Memphis in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Nashville, with lows of 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Franklin
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RCA Studio B ©
RCA Studio B
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carnton ©
Carnton

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Grotto Falls Trail and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Roaring Fork and Tuckaleechee Caverns. Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford), Smoky Mountain Knife Works (in Sevierville) and Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

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You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountain Knife Works, River Rafting & Tubing, Tuckaleechee Caverns
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Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome

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