8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, then stop by Memphis Music, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, and finally appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel. On your second day here, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, examine the collection at Graceland, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Memphis trip planner.

Tampa to Memphis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tampa to Memphis. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Tampa in May; daily highs in Memphis reach 80°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Shopping


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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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, visit Downtown Nashville, and take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nashville online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. May in Nashville sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Sevierville.

Things to do in Nashville

Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

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Lying at the foothills of the Great Smokies, Sevierville is a friendly tourist town with plenty of Southern charm.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sevierville: Zipline (in Gatlinburg), Mount LeConte (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). There's still lots to do: make a splash at Dollywood, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, meet the residents at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sevierville online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Sevierville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Traveling from Nashville to Sevierville, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. May in Sevierville sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sevierville

Parks · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

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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.