8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
1
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
2
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Newark

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.
Get in touch with nature at Roaring Fork and Alum Cave Trail. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, Cades Cove, &more). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades, look for all kinds of wild species at Sugarlands Valley Nature Trail, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gatlinburg travel planner.

Newark to Gatlinburg is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Newark in March, expect Gatlinburg to be a bit warmer, temps between 60°F and 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

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 3rd (Fri), witness the site of a historic battle at Carter Gin Assault Site Park, then take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally see a show at Grand Ole Opry. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, pause for some serene contemplation at Downtown Presbyterian Church, and then take a stroll through Downtown Nashville.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville itinerary planner.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Nashville. In April, daytime highs in Nashville are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Franklin
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

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 5th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Graceland, see the interesting displays at Railroad & Trolley Museum, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and finally make a trip to The Peabody Ducks. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, steep yourself in history at The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange, then steep yourself in history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip planner.

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In April, daytime highs in Memphis are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites
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Graceland
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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