7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  5​h
End: New York City

1
night
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 13th (Mon), catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry and then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown). Here are some ideas for day two: take a peaceful walk through Bowie Nature Park and then contemplate the waterfront views at Radnor Lake State Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nashville driving holiday tool .

New York City to Nashville is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Nashville. When traveling from New York City in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Nashville, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Bowie Nature Park
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Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown) ©
Bowie Nature Park ©
Bowie Nature Park

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Creative Discovery Museum, then have fun and explore at Wayne-O-Rama, then test your problem-solving skills at Escape Experience - Chattanooga, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga attractions planning tool .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Chattanooga takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Childrens Museums Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Creative Discovery Museum
Creative Discovery Museum

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Get outdoors at Roaring Fork and Clingmans Dome. Family-friendly places like Zipline and Laurel Falls will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend), River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, get in on the family fun at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, have some family-friendly fun at Wild Dimensions, and admire all the interesting features of Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg road trip planner .

Drive from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, 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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