8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Shiloh
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Franklin
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Tampa

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.
On the 24th (Fri), appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then see the interesting displays at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, and then stop by Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

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Tampa to Memphis is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. In August, daytime highs in Memphis are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Shiloh.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

1
night
Shiloh

Shiloh ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Shiloh National Military Park, stroll the grounds of Shiloh National Cemetery, and then examine the collection at Tennessee River Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Shiloh driving holiday site .

You can drive from Memphis to Shiloh in 2 hours. Traveling from Memphis in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Shiloh, with lows of 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Franklin.

Things to do in Shiloh

Wildlife Nature Museums

Side Trip

Tennessee River Museum
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Shiloh National Military Park ©
Shiloh National Military Park
Tennessee River Museum ©
Tennessee River Museum

2
nights
Franklin

Franklin ©
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, then explore the galleries of Carter House, then contemplate the long history of Carnton, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Franklin trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Shiloh to Franklin takes 2.5 hours. August in Franklin sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Franklin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Carter House ©
Carter House
Carnton ©
Carnton
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Roaring Fork and Mount LeConte. Step off the beaten path and head to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Tanger Outlets Sevierville (in Sevierville), Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend) and Christmas Place (in Pigeon Forge). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Falls Trail, stop by Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen, and cruise along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Franklin to Great Smoky Mountains National Park by bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Franklin to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Christmas Place, Tuckaleechee Caverns, Tanger Outlets Sevierville
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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