8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Rochester
Fly + taxi:  6​h
1
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Rochester

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Step out of the city life by going to Roaring Fork and River Rafting & Tubing. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Fowler's Clay Works and Tennessee Homemade Wines. Take a break from Gatlinburg with a short trip to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, shop like a local with Paul Murray Gallery, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte.

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Rochester to Gatlinburg is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. In August, Gatlinburg is somewhat warmer than Rochester - with highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Titanic Museum Attraction, River Rafting & Tubing
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Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
River Rafting & Tubing
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 21st (Wed), steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and finally see a show at Grand Ole Opry. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Bowen Plantation House, then contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, and then wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville vacation planner .

Drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lotz House Museum, Historic Mansker's Station
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Memphis Farmers Market, then learn more about the world around you at Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, and then look for gifts at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Memphis trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In August in Memphis, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 73°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Beale Street ©
Beale Street

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