7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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7 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Orlando, Florida
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Chattanooga
— Few hours
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Franklin
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Orlando, Florida

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, then stroll the grounds of Chattanooga National Cemetery, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Chattanooga trip maker site .

Orlando to Chattanooga is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In May, Chattanooga is slightly colder than Orlando - with highs of 81°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Chattanooga National Cemetery ©
Chattanooga National Cemetery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, make a trip to Beale Street, then get engrossed in the history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then take an in-depth tour of Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and finally steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Memphis online travel route planner .

Fly from Chattanooga to Memphis in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In May, daytime highs in Memphis are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Franklin.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

1
night
Franklin

Franklin ©
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
On the 1st (Sat), contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, then see the interesting displays at Carter House, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Franklin trip maker .

Getting from Memphis to Franklin by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. May in Franklin sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Franklin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin
Carter House ©
Carter House

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.
Popular historic sites such as Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Little Greenbrier School are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Roaring Fork and Ramsey Cascades. Go for a jaunt from Gatlinburg to Hartford to see River Rafting & Tubing about 36 minutes away. Spend the 4th (Tue) exploring nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take in the exciting artwork at Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, contemplate the long history of Walker Sisters' Cabin, and do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg vacation maker tool .

Traveling by car from Franklin to Gatlinburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Franklin to Gatlinburg. In June, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
River Rafting & Tubing
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

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