8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee holiday planner
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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sparta
— 1 day
Drive
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Cookeville
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Nashville
— 3 nights

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Memphis — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, then get engrossed in the history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: try to win big at Horseshoe Tunica, then see the interesting displays at Graceland, and then look for gifts at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip itinerary builder tool.

If you are flying in from Israel, the closest major aiports are Memphis International Airport and Arkansas International Airport. In September, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park — 2 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

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.
On the 3rd (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking and then steep yourself in history at Little Greenbrier School. Keep things going the next day: hike along Grotto Falls Parking, appreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and then hike along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park online travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Memphis to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Great Smoky Mountains National Park when traveling from Memphis in September, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sparta.
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Sparta — 1 day

Sparta is a city and the county seat of White County, Tennessee, United States. On the 5th (Mon), make a trip to Northfield Vineyards Winery, take in the dramatic scenery at Burgess Falls State Park, and then steep yourself in history at Sparta Rock House.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Sparta holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Sparta. The time zone difference when traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Sparta is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 15°C in Sparta. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Cookeville.
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Cookeville

Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cookeville travel itinerary planner.

Cookeville is very close to Sparta. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You'll set off for Nashville on the 5th (Mon).
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Nashville — 3 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Ohana Dive Co. and Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. Get some cultural insight at Downtown Nashville and The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. Step out of Nashville with an excursion to Fiddlers Grove in Lebanon--about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: see a show at Grand Ole Opry, walk around Centennial Park, stop by The Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop, and contemplate the waterfront views at Radnor Lake State Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nashville trip maker.

Drive from Cookeville to Nashville in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nashville when traveling from Cookeville in September, with lows around 19°C.
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Tennessee travel guide

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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.
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