8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  9​h
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

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 4th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Graceland, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Peter Catholic Church, steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally stroll through Memphis Zoo.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis day trip website .

San Francisco to Memphis is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Memphis is 2 hours. While traveling from San Francisco, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Memphis, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, historic sites, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, contemplate the long history of Downtown Presbyterian Church, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville road trip site .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Tours Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Dollywood, then examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Gatlinburg trip builder .

You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In April in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, Mount LeConte
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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