8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Nashville
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Memphis
— 1 night
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Benton
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Gatlinburg
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Nashville — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum and then look for gifts at Landmark Booksellers. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Distillery & Yee-Haw Brewery, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nashville trip website.

Washington to Nashville is an approximately 9-hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington to Nashville is minus 1 hour. June in Nashville sees daily highs of 88°F and lows of 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Memphis.
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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.
On the 9th (Fri), browse the exhibits of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, examine the collection at Graceland, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Memphis trip maker.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Benton.
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Benton — 1 night

Benton is a town in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. On the 10th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Ocoee River and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Benton travel planning app.

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Benton takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Memphis to Benton. Traveling from Memphis in June, plan for a bit cooler nights in Benton, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Cosby Picnic Area (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 14th (Wed) at Dollywood. There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, and identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork.

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Traveling by car from Benton to Gatlinburg takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.
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Tennessee travel guide

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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.
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