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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Titanic Museum Attraction and Fowler's Clay Works. Do some cultural sightseeing at Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Tennessee Homemade Wines. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). Next up on the itinerary: cool off at Dollywood, trek along Jump Off Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork.

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Washington DC to Gatlinburg is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. In June, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Tours

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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and finally catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage and then stop by Downtown Nashville.

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You can drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Nashville due to the time zone difference. In June, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Nightlife

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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.
On the 29th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks, don't miss a visit to Beale Street, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and finally see the interesting displays at Railroad & Trolley Museum.

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Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June in Memphis, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums

Tennessee travel guide

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.