8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  5​h
End: New York City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and then don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks.

To see reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Memphis trip itinerary maker site .

New York City to Memphis is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Memphis is minus 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo

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 (Fri): contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, then witness the site of a historic battle at Carter House, then examine the collection at Carnton, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin, then see the interesting displays at RCA Studio B, then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally snap pictures at Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nashville itinerary planner .

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In July in Nashville, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Carnton ©
Carnton
Carter House ©
Carter House

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 7th (Sun): have some family-friendly fun at Escape Experience - Chattanooga, take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, then explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns, and finally snap pictures at Walnut Street Bridge.

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Drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga is 1 hour. July in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
Highlights from your plan
Escape Experience - Chattanooga ©
Escape Experience - Chattanooga
Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Walnut Street Bridge ©
Walnut Street Bridge

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Zipline and Laurel Falls. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Rockin' Raceway Arcade and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: Tuckaleechee Caverns (in Townsend) and Smoky Mountain Knife Works (in Sevierville). There's lots more to do: find something for the whole family at The Coaster at Goats on the Roof, try for a hole-in-one at Hillbilly Golf, test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, and take a memorable drive along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Gatlinburg trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tuckaleechee Caverns, Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Highlights from your plan
Rockin' Raceway Arcade ©
Rockin' Raceway Arcade
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail
Zipline

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