8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
1
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Ocoee
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Memphis
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Chicago

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Roaring Fork. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Titanic Museum Attraction and Gatlinburg Wine Cellar. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy (in Sevierville) and Ramsey Cascades (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Spend the 9th (Tue) exploring nature at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take a memorable tour with Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Fowler's Clay Works, and do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Gatlinburg trip itinerary planning app .

Chicago to Gatlinburg is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. 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

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Titanic Museum Attraction, Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company

1
night
Ocoee

Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the activities along Ocoee Outdoors, Inc. and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ocoee day trip website .

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

Things to do in Ocoee

Adventure Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Nashville

Nashville ©
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 12th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, examine the collection at RCA Studio B, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nashville day trip website .

You can 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. Traveling from Ocoee to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Nashville sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe ©
The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): admire the striking features of St. Peter Catholic Church, don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, then make a trip to Beale Street, then get engrossed in the history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis vacation maker .

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In July, daytime highs in Memphis are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Beale Street ©
Beale Street

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