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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then examine the collection at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): examine the collection at Graceland, browse the exhibits of Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis vacation app.

Tampa to Memphis is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tampa to Memphis due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampa in March, things will get slightly colder in Memphis: highs are around 63°F and lows about 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites


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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.
On the 15th (Mon), witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, then sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, and finally indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, witness the site of a historic battle at Carnton, and then wander the streets of Downtown Franklin.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nashville online trip maker.

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. In March, daytime highs in Nashville are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Museums · Neighborhoods

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Hollywood Star Cars Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Laurel Falls and Zipline. Venture out of the city with trips to Bush's Visitor Center (in Chestnut Hill) and Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy (in Sevierville). There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Doc Collier Distillery, learn about winemaking at Sugarland Cellars, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Forge Distillery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg attractions planning app.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Gatlinburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg is 1 hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries

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Tennessee travel guide

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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.