8 days in Memphis, Nashville & Knoxville Itinerary

8 days in Memphis, Nashville & Knoxville Itinerary

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8 days in Memphis, Nashville & Knoxville Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Knoxville
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Miami

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 24th (Tue): examine the collection at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, make a trip to Beale Street, and then stop by Memphis Music.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Memphis trip website .

Miami to Memphis is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of tram and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Miami to Memphis due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Miami in December, things will get colder in Memphis: highs are around 55°F and lows about 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Fun & Games Casinos Nightlife

Side Trip

Southland Park Gaming and Racing
Highlights from your plan
The Orpheum Theatre ©
The Orpheum Theatre
AutoZone Park ©
AutoZone Park
Memphis Music ©
Memphis Music

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Room Escape Games and Nelson's Green Brier Distillery. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge, admire the masterpieces at Frist Art Museum, get a sense of history and politics at Governor's Residence, and explore the activities along Radnor Lake State Park.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville online vacation builder .

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Nashville are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Nashville

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
Lane Motor Museum ©
Lane Motor Museum
Frist Art Museum ©
Frist Art Museum

3
nights
Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery and Soco Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Knoxville: Tennessee Legend Distillery (in Sevierville), Gatlinburg (Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum, Rowdy Bear Mountain, & more) and Patriot Park (in Pigeon Forge). There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Mountain Farm Museum and take in the dramatic natural features at Chimney Tops Trail.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Knoxville trip planner .

Getting from Nashville to Knoxville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 53°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy, Soco Falls, Patriot Park, Chimney Tops Trail
Highlights from your plan
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail
Patriot Park ©
Patriot Park

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