8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Start: San Diego
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
3
Knoxville
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h
End: San Diego

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): examine the collection at Graceland, appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then make a trip to Beale Street, and finally stop by Lansky.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Memphis attractions planner.

San Diego to Memphis is an approximately 8.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in June: high temperatures in Memphis hover around 89°F and lows are around 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Graceland
Graceland
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel ©
Lansky ©
Lansky

1
night
Nashville

Nashville ©
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 22nd (Mon): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), and then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville road trip app.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Nightlife Fun & Games
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill) ©
The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill)

3
nights
Knoxville

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pigeon Forge (The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, &more), Gatlinburg (Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, Sugarlands Distilling Company, &more) and Bush's Beans Visitor Center (in Chestnut Hill). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Knoxville trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Nashville to Knoxville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Knoxville is 1 hour. June in Knoxville sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can catch the bus to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Knoxville

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, River Rafting & Tubing, Bush's Beans Visitor Center
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River Rafting & Tubing
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company

2
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial, walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and finally hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, and then identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork.

To find out how to plan a trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by bus from Knoxville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Trails
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Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail

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