8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Memphis
— 1 night
Drive
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Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive
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Knoxville
— 1 night
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Memphis

— 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, Beale Street, and other attractions you added. On the 26th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, then explore the galleries of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Graceland, then get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Memphis trip planner.

Dallas to Memphis is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Dallas in September, expect Memphis to be little chillier, temps between 87°F and 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites

Nashville

— 3 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.
You've added Grand Ole Opry, Nashville Parthenon, Honky Tonk Central, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Nashville trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Memphis in September, Nashville is slightly colder at night with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Nightlife · Tours

Side Trip

Gatlinburg

— 2 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dollywood, Smoky Mountain Winery and Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Smoky Mountain Winery and then observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Gatlinburg online route planner.

Getting from Nashville to Gatlinburg by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg is 1 hour. In September in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Theme Parks · Wineries · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trip

Knoxville

— 1 night

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Your day by day itinerary now includes McKay Used Books & CDs as well as Ijams Nature Center.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Knoxville online trip builder.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Knoxville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In October in Knoxville, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Wildlife · Shopping · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
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.