8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
— 1 night
— 1 night
— 3 nights
— 2 nights



— 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 16th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter Catholic Church, then steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, then don't miss a visit to Beale Street, and finally examine the collection at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Mon): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at Graceland, and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Memphis trip itinerary tool.

Newark to Memphis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Memphis due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in June, things will get somewhat warmer in Memphis: highs are around 89°F and lows about 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games


— 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.
On the 18th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Nashville trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June, daytime highs in Nashville are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Fun & Games · Nightlife


— 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: River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). There's still lots to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Doc Collier Distillery, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg journey tool.

You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg due to the time zone difference. In June in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Ocoee.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips


— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): let the river carry you with Adventures Unlimited and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Ocoee River and then relax and float downstream with Ocoee Outdoors, Inc..

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ocoee journey maker tool.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Ocoee takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ocoee

Adventure · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Tennessee travel guide

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.