8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Drive:  2​h 30​min
1
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
End: Birmingham

1
night
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge, then witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, and then sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Bluff View Art District.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga vacation tool .

Birmingham to Chattanooga is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. June in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
St. Paul's Episcopal Church ©
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
River Rafting & Tubing
Walnut Street Bridge ©
Walnut Street Bridge

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sugarland Cellars and Mountain Valley Winery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Hillside Winery and Smoky Mountain Knife Works. Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and get a taste of the local shopping with Fowler's Clay Works.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Gatlinburg travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Wineries Parks Tours

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Sugarland Cellars ©
Sugarland Cellars
Hillside Winery ©
Hillside Winery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the history at Carter House, then steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Carnton, and finally take in the views from Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Downtown Franklin, examine the collection at RCA Studio B, and then take a stroll through Downtown Nashville.

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You can drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of car and flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In June in Nashville, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Carter House ©
Carter House
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

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 29th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then browse the exhibits of Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and finally steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Memphis trip planning site .

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. June in Memphis sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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