8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
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Ocoee
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 1 night
Drive
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Shiloh
— 1 night
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Memphis
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg — 3 nights

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Cades Cove. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at The Old Mill Candy Kitchen and Goats on the Roof. Go for a jaunt from Gatlinburg to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to see Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, stroll through Roaring Fork, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Gatlinburg travel itinerary planner.

New York City to Gatlinburg is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. August in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ocoee.
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Ocoee — 1 night

On the 25th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Ocoee River and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ocoee journey maker website.

Drive from Gatlinburg to Ocoee in 3 hours. In August in Ocoee, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nashville.
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Nashville — 1 night

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take in the history at Lotz House Museum, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and then stop by Smith Creek Moonshine.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nashville road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Ocoee to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Ocoee to Nashville is minus 1 hour. In August, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Shiloh.
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Shiloh — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stop by Shiloh Museum and Gift Shop and then explore and take pictures at Shiloh National Military Park.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Shiloh trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Shiloh takes 2.5 hours. August in Shiloh sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Memphis.
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Memphis — 1 night

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.
On the 28th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Memphis trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Shiloh to Memphis in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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.
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