8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
— 1 night
— 2 nights
— 4 nights



— 1 night

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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 17th (Sat): appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and then admire the masterpieces at Withers Collection Museum & Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): examine the collection at Graceland, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, then steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Memphis road trip site.

New Orleans to Memphis is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Memphis when traveling from New Orleans in April, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites


— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 19th (Mon), wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and then snap pictures at John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge. Keep things going the next day: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville trip planner.

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Nashville are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Neighborhoods · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours


— 4 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Gatlinburg is known for breweries & distilleries, zoos & aquariums, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a splash at Dollywood, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, and admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Gatlinburg journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Gatlinburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg due to the time zone difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.