7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
1
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Memphis
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

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.
Bring the kids along to River Rafting & Tubing and Dollywood. Popular historic sites such as Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Walker Sisters' Cabin are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail & Cades Cove). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, stroll through Chimney Tops Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg vacation planning website .

Philadelphia to Gatlinburg is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and finally examine the collection at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville sightseeing planner.

Drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 August in Nashville, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

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 18th (Sun), make a trip to Beale Street, appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and finally contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Memphis trip site .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August, daytime highs in Memphis are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Beale Street ©
Beale Street

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