8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Memphis
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Newark

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.
Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Walker Sisters' Cabin will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Hartford (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and steep yourself in history at Little Greenbrier School.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg travel planner .

Newark to Gatlinburg is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. In August in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood, River Rafting & Tubing
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Tennessee Homemade Wines ©
Tennessee Homemade Wines
Walker Sisters' Cabin ©
Walker Sisters' Cabin

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Chattanooga National Cemetery, then partake in some friendly competition at Escape Experience - Chattanooga, then take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, and finally steep yourself in history at Signal Point.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chattanooga trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga in 3 hours. In September in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 65°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Signal Point, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Lotz House Museum, sample the fine beverages at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, then contemplate the long history of Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, and finally catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, and then wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip planner .

Getting from Chattanooga to Nashville by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in September, and nighttime lows around 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

1
night
Memphis

Memphis ©
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 7th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, contemplate the long history of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then make a trip to Beale Street, then don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Peter Catholic Church.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip planner .

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Nashville in September, Memphis is a bit warmer at night with lows of 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums
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Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
St. Peter Catholic Church ©
St. Peter Catholic Church

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