8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip itinerary planner

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Chattanooga
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
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Chattanooga

— 2 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Creative Discovery Museum and Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Attractions like Raccoon Mountain Caverns and Tennessee Aquarium make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to The Lost Sea Adventure (in Sweetwater) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Ocoee). There's more to do: admire the local landmark of Coolidge Park and Head underground at Ruby Falls.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Chattanooga trip itinerary maker website.

Richmond to Chattanooga is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Tours · Nature · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 5 nights

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 appreciate attractions like Tuckaleechee Caverns and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Laurel Falls and Smoky Mountain Deer Farm & Exotic Petting Zoo. Venture out of the city with trips to Bush's Visitor Center (in Chestnut Hill), Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing (in Townsend) and Forbidden Caverns (in Sevierville). There's still lots to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Grotto Falls Parking, get in on the family fun at Rowdy Bear Mountain, and see the interesting displays at Alcatraz East Crime Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg journey planning website.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Theme Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theme Parks
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.