8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stop by Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc. and then try to win big at Horseshoe Casino.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis online tour builder .

Chicago to Memphis is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. In May, Memphis is somewhat warmer than Chicago - with highs of 81°F and lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

#Shopping, #Casinos, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Horseshoe Casino
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Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc. ©
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid ©
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Lotz House Museum, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and then wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Nashville day trip planner .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Nashville when traveling from Memphis in May, with lows around 58°F. On the 25th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Nashville

#Neighborhoods, #Museums, #Nightlife

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Get some cultural insight at The Old Mill and Noah Bud Ogle Cabin. Walker Sisters' Cabin and Little Greenbrier School will appeal to history buffs. When in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, make a side trip to see Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, admire all the interesting features of Cades Cove, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and take a memorable drive along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge
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The Old Mill ©
The Old Mill
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

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