8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Tampa, Florida
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Tampa, Florida

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.
On the 9th (Sun), appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Graceland, stroll the grounds of Elmwood Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Memphis route planner.

Tampa to Memphis is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tampa to Memphis is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tampa in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 71°F in Memphis. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Elmwood Cemetery ©
Elmwood Cemetery

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lotz House Museum and Belle Meade Plantation. Take a break from Nashville with a short trip to Carter House in Franklin, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin, and catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville trip planner .

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in June, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trip

Franklin
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage ©
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
Belle Meade Plantation ©
Belle Meade Plantation

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.
Get some historical perspective at Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Little Greenbrier School. When in Gatlinburg, make a side trip to see River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford, approximately 42 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 15th (Sat) at Dollywood. There's still lots to do: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, laugh and play at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, and contemplate the long history of Walker Sisters' Cabin.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Gatlinburg online trip builder .

You can 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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Theme Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, River Rafting & Tubing
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Walker Sisters' Cabin ©
Walker Sisters' Cabin
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin ©
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin

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