8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Memphis
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights

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Memphis

Memphis ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, browse the exhibits of Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling Heritage Center, and then look for gifts at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, explore the galleries of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Peter Catholic Church.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Memphis vacation planning website.

Washington DC to Memphis is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Washington DC to Memphis. September in Memphis sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art ©
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art

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Nashville

Nashville ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in the history at Lotz House Museum, then look for gifts at Landmark Booksellers, then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Nashville. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Nashville vacation app.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Memphis in September since evenings lows in Nashville dip to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Side Trip

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

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Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©

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.
Head to Fowler's Clay Works and Paul Murray Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Take a break from the city and head to Mount LeConte and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up 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, appreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, and do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg road trip planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
River Rafting & Tubing
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

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