7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  4 h
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
End: Charlotte

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 19th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Collierville TN Historic District, don't miss a visit to Graceland, and then steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Memphis trip builder site .

Charlotte to Memphis is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Charlotte to Memphis, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Memphis are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Collierville TN Historic District
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Graceland ©
Graceland

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 21st (Fri): witness the site of a historic battle at Carnton, then steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, then steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, and finally explore and take pictures at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, explore the different monuments and memorials at McGavock Confederate Cemetery, and then wander the streets of Downtown Franklin.

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Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June in Nashville, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Franklin
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Belle Meade Plantation ©
Belle Meade Plantation
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Roaring Fork and Little Greenbrier School. Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Walker Sisters' Cabin will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades, and sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gatlinburg online travel route builder .

Getting from Nashville to Gatlinburg by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

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

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