8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Philadelphia

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 19th (Sat): look for gifts at Lansky, get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

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Philadelphia to Memphis is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in October, expect nights in Memphis to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Graceland ©
Graceland

3
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.
Appreciate the collections at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Lotz House Museum. Get some cultural insight at Downtown Nashville and Carter House. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, wander the streets of Downtown Franklin, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, and see a show at Grand Ole Opry.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nashville trip planner .

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. October in Nashville sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Franklin
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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

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Visiting Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Roaring Fork will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Tennessee Homemade Wines and Fowler's Clay Works. Take a break from Gatlinburg with a short trip to Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, take some stellar pictures from Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, and appreciate the history behind Rockefeller Memorial.

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Drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail

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