8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
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Memphis
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 3 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
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Memphis

— 1 night

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 31st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Memphis tour itinerary site.

New Orleans to Memphis is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New Orleans in May, expect nights in Memphis to be little chillier, around 61°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Nashville

— 3 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Lotz House Museum and Downtown Franklin. Head to Country View Market and Opry Millsfor some retail therapy. There's much more to do: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Upper Room, contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, and examine the collection at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville trip planner.

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In June, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Gatlinburg

— 3 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.
Visit Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Little Greenbrier School for their historical value. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Walker Sisters' Cabin will get you outdoors. Step out of Gatlinburg to go to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and see Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, which is approximately 34 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Fowler's Clay Works, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip planner.

Drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
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.