8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive
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Memphis
— 1 night
Drive
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Kids will enjoy Dollywood and Alum Cave Trail. Step out of Gatlinburg to go to Hartford and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, get in on the family fun at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and test your problem-solving skills at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg trip builder site.

Boston to Gatlinburg is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Boston in April, expect Gatlinburg to be a bit warmer, temps between 72°F and 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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Chattanooga

Dynamo of Dixie

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ruby Falls, and then put a fun spin on your tour with Escape Experience - Chattanooga Escape Room Games.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Chattanooga trip planner.

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga in 3 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature · Fun & Games

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Memphis

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 26th (Fri): examine the collection at Graceland, then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and then pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

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

You can drive from Chattanooga to Memphis in 6 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites

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Nashville

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.
On the 27th (Sat), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry. On the next day, see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then take in the history at Lotz House Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Nashville trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In April, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Nightlife

Side Trip

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
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.