8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
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Ocoee
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Memphis
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and Ramsey Cascades. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tennessee Homemade Wines and Noah Bud Ogle Cabin. Take a break from Gatlinburg with a short trip to Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy in Sevierville, about 34 minutes away. Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take a memorable tour with Tours, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, and identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Gatlinburg online road trip planner.

Chicago to Gatlinburg is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Gatlinburg is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ocoee.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ocoee

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): relax and float downstream with Ocoee Outdoors, Inc. and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ocoee trip itinerary site.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Ocoee by car takes about 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Ocoee

Adventure · Tours · Parks

Nashville

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, then examine the collection at RCA Studio B, then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nashville travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Ocoee to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Ocoee to Nashville is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.
On the 13th (Sat), admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter Catholic Church, contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, then don't miss a visit to Beale Street, then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Memphis trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
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.