8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee attractions planner

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Nashville
— 1 day
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Fly to Atlanta, Shuttle to Dalton, Taxi to Ocoee
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Ocoee
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Nashville

— 1 day

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 17th (Sat), witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Smith Creek Moonshine.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville attractions planner.

Charleston to Nashville is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Charleston to Nashville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charleston in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Nashville, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Nightlife · Shopping · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Memphis

— 2 nights

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.
On the 18th (Sun), make a trip to Graceland, see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, then browse the exhibits of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Memphis vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ocoee.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites

Ocoee

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): explore the activities along Ocoee River and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ocoee day trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi from Memphis to Ocoee in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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. Traveling from Memphis in July, Ocoee is a bit cooler at night with lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Ocoee

Tours · Adventure · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Gatlinburg

— 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hartford (Zipline & River Rafting & Tubing). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Dollywood, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, and sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Gatlinburg road trip app.

Traveling by car from Ocoee to Gatlinburg takes 3 hours. In July in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Theme Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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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.