8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Memphis
— 2 nights
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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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 16th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, contemplate the long history of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: try your luck at Horseshoe Tunica, see the interesting displays at Graceland, and then look for gifts at Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Memphis. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) 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 18th (Sun), take a memorable drive along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking and then steep yourself in history at Little Greenbrier School. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Grotto Falls Parking, appreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, and then trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Memphis to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Traveling from Memphis to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Memphis in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 62°F in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) 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 20th (Tue), make a trip to Northfield Vineyards Winery, identify plant and animal life at Burgess Falls State Park, and then steep yourself in history at Sparta Rock House.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Sparta. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in September, plan for little chillier nights in Sparta, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cookeville.
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Cookeville

Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Cookeville trip itinerary maker website.

Cookeville is very close to Sparta. In September, daytime highs in Cookeville are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. You will leave for Nashville on the 20th (Tue).
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Downtown Nashville and Fiddlers Grove. Visiting Radnor Lake State Park and Ohana Dive Co. will get you outdoors. Step out of Nashville with an excursion to Rusty Wallace Racing Experience in Lebanon--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see a show at Grand Ole Opry, look for gifts at The Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop, examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and get some jogging in at Centennial Park.

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Traveling by car from Cookeville to Nashville takes 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Cookeville in September since evenings lows in Nashville dip to 62°F.
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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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