8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Memphis — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, then browse the exhibits of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, then explore the galleries of Graceland, and then admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Memphis trip planner.

Newark to Memphis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Memphis due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Nashville.
Museums · Historic Sites

Nashville — 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Distillery & Yee-Haw Brewery, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Benton.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Benton — 1 night

Benton is a town in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. On the 23rd (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Ocoee River and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Benton online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Benton takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Benton can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.
Tours · Adventure · Nature · Parks
Side Trips

Gatlinburg — 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Gatlinburg side-trips: Hartford (Zipline & River Rafting & Tubing). There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

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You can drive from Benton to Gatlinburg in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

Distilleries · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
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.