8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Bus + Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Franklin
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Jamestown
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Detroit

1
night
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
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.
On the 27th (Sat), sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, and then take some stellar pictures from Raccoon Mountain Caverns. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sun): snap pictures at Walnut Street Bridge, delve into the lush surroundings at Greenway Farm-North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Big Soddy Creek Gulf.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Chattanooga road trip planner.

Detroit to Chattanooga is an approximately 3.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Detroit in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Chattanooga: highs are around 74°F and lows about 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Franklin.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
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Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Big Soddy Creek Gulf ©
Big Soddy Creek Gulf
Walnut Street Bridge ©
Walnut Street Bridge

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): wander the streets of Downtown Franklin, witness the site of a historic battle at Carnton, then steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Franklin holiday planner.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Franklin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chattanooga to Franklin due to the time zone difference. April in Franklin sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Jamestown.

Things to do in Franklin

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carnton ©
Carnton

2
nights
Jamestown

Jamestown ©
Jamestown is a city in Fentress County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): hike along Colditz Cove State Natural Area, take in the dramatic scenery at Charit Creek, and then admire the majestic nature at Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Twin Arches and then contemplate the long history of Pickett CCC Memorial State Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Jamestown trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Franklin to Jamestown takes 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Jamestown when traveling from Franklin in April, with lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Jamestown

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Oneida, Colditz Cove State Natural Area, Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park
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Pickett CCC Memorial State Park ©
Pickett CCC Memorial State Park
Colditz Cove State Natural Area ©
Colditz Cove State Natural Area

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 outdoors at Clingmans Dome and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Roaring Fork and Tuckaleechee Caverns. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, find something for the whole family at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops Trail, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Distillery - Barrelhouse.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Gatlinburg trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Jamestown to Gatlinburg takes 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Jamestown to Gatlinburg. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in May, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tuckaleechee Caverns
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Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail

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