8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Greeneville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Nashville
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Kansas City

1
night
Greeneville

Greeneville is a town in, and the county seat of Greene County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Brights Zoo, then sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Hills Distillery, and then explore the activities along Nolichucky River. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Greeneville online road trip planner .

Kansas City to Greeneville is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Greeneville due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Greeneville when traveling from Kansas City in July, with lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Greeneville

Parks Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Erwin, Tennessee Hills Distillery, Brights Zoo
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River Rafting & Tubing
Brights Zoo ©
Brights Zoo
Tennessee Hills Distillery ©
Tennessee Hills Distillery

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.
Visiting Grotto Falls Trail and Tuckaleechee Caverns will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Roaring Fork and Dollywood's Splash Country Water Adventure Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing (in Townsend). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, take a memorable drive along Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and putt your heart out at Hillbilly Golf.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg day trip planner.

Drive from Greeneville to Gatlinburg in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Townsend
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The Escape Game Pigeon Forge ©
The Escape Game Pigeon Forge
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Rock City Gardens, then witness the site of a historic battle at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, then take in the history at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Chattanooga itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga takes 3 hours. In July in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Rock City Gardens, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
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Rock City Gardens ©
Rock City Gardens

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 12th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Radnor Lake State Park, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery, and then get to know the fascinating history of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and finally take in the views from Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Nashville trip builder tool .

Drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Radnor Lake State Park ©
Radnor Lake State Park
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©

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