8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stop by Carter Vintage Guitars and then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. 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 a show at Grand Ole Opry, and then admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Nashville driving holiday tool.

New Orleans to Nashville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from New Orleans in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Nashville, with lows of 40°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Parks · Nightlife · Shopping


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Dynamo of Dixie

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain, then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruby Falls, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Chattanooga trip builder site.

You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Knoxville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums


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Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
On the 24th (Tue), get in on the family fun at Dollywood. Keep things going the next day: find something for the whole family at Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, then examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, and then take in the waterfront at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Knoxville day trip planning website.

Drive from Chattanooga to Knoxville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. In November in Knoxville, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Knoxville

Theme Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 3 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for wildlife, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, trek along Gatlinburg Trail, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Charlies Bunion.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Knoxville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. November in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 39°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Tennessee travel guide

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.