8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee journey planner

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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg

— 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.
Step out of Gatlinburg to go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see Cades Cove, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, trek along Upper Tremont Road in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg trip planning tool.

Philadelphia to Gatlinburg is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nashville

— 2 nights

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 3rd (Wed): wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nashville attractions app.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Nashville by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Nashville are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Tours

Memphis

— 2 nights

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 5th (Fri), make a trip to Beale Street, pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, then don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, and finally look for gifts at Lansky. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Graceland.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip maker website.

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in November, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.