8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nashville
— 2 nights
2
Chattanooga
— 2 nights
3
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights

2
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Get outdoors at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Lotz House Museum and Belle Meade Plantation will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: Jim Warren Park (in Franklin) and Crockett Park (in Brentwood). There's still lots to do: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, stop by Downtown Nashville, pause for some serene contemplation at Downtown Presbyterian Church, and walk around Centennial Park.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip itinerary builder.

Chicago to Nashville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Chicago in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nashville: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Franklin, Crockett Park
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): Head underground at Ruby Falls, identify plant and animal life at Big Soddy Creek Gulf, and then trek along Greenway Farms Conference Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the history at Chickamauga Battlefield, thenstroll through Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, thencast your line with a fishing tour, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Chattanooga journey planning tool.

You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Chattanooga can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Fort Oglethorpe, Big Soddy Creek Gulf, Greenway Farms Conference Center
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Chickamauga Battlefield ©
Chickamauga Battlefield
Big Soddy Creek Gulf ©
Big Soddy Creek Gulf

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 River Rafting & Tubing and Chimneys Picnic Area. There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops Trail, and do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, River Rafting & Tubing
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
River Rafting & Tubing

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