8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Memphis
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Columbus

1
night
Nashville

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 (Sun): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, then witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, and finally test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill).

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip planner .

Columbus to Nashville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Columbus to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Tours Nightlife

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

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 23rd (Tue), appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and then browse the exhibits of Graceland.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June in Memphis, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

2
nights
Chattanooga

Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
On the 24th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Ocoee Outdoors, Inc., then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then examine the collection at Coker Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: get your game on at Escape Experience - Chattanooga, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Adventures Unlimited.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chattanooga trip planner .

Getting from Memphis to Chattanooga by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. In June in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Ocoee
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Explore Gatlinburg's surroundings by going to Hartford (River Rafting & Tubing & Zipline). And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg travel planner.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg takes 3 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Theme Parks Tours

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Hartford, Dollywood
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

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