8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Fly
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Memphis
— 1 night
Drive
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Memphis

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 15th (Wed), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then examine the collection at Graceland, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: try to win big at Horseshoe Tunica, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, and finally contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Memphis road trip planner.

San Diego to Memphis is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from San Diego to Memphis due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Diego, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Memphis, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites · Casinos

Side Trip

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Nashville

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 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): take in the history at Lotz House Museum, then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), and then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nashville trip itinerary website.

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Nashville are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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Chattanooga

Dynamo of Dixie

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 19th (Sun), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Tennessee Aquarium, then Head underground at Ruby Falls, and then partake in some friendly competition at Escape Experience - Chattanooga Escape Room Games.

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Drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Fun & Games

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Gatlinburg

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the next day, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, and then cool off at Dollywood.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. In May in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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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.