8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Alton
Drive:  6​h
1
Franklin
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Ocoee
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  8​h
End: Alton

1
night
Franklin

Franklin ©
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the history at Lotz House Museum, see the interesting displays at Carter House, and then steep yourself in history at Winstead Hill Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: wander the streets of Downtown Franklin, witness the site of a historic battle at Carnton, then take in the exciting artwork at David Arms Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at The Copper Fox Gallery.

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Alton to Franklin is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In August, Franklin is a bit warmer than Alton - with highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ocoee.

Things to do in Franklin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Carter House ©
Carter House
Carnton ©
Carnton
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

2
nights
Ocoee

On the 31st (Mon), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then explore the activities along Ocoee Outdoors, Inc.. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Nancy Ward Gravesite and then explore the activities along Adventures Unlimited.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ocoee sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Franklin to Ocoee in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Franklin to Ocoee. In August in Ocoee, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Ocoee

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Nancy Ward Gravesite
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River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Nancy Ward Gravesite ©
Nancy Ward Gravesite

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Laurel Falls. Get outdoors at Zipline and Abrams Falls Trail. Step out of Gatlinburg with an excursion to Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking in Great Smoky Mountains National Park--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Noah Bud Ogle Cabin, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, try for a hole-in-one at Hillbilly Golf, and take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Gatlinburg day trip planning website .

You can drive from Ocoee to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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