8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee attractions planner

Make it your trip
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Knoxville
— 1 night
Drive
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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive

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Nashville

— 2 nights

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.
You've added Mansion, Centennial Park, Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and The Mall at Green Hills. Take a break from the city and head to Top Golf and Bledsoe Creek State Park. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of The District, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, see the interesting displays at Madame Tussauds Nashville, and stop by Third Man Records.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nashville trip itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Nashville. In January in Nashville, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knoxville

— 1 night

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at House Mountain State Natural Area, stop by Mast General Store, and then take a stroll through Old City.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Knoxville online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Knoxville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Knoxville is 1 hour. In January in Knoxville, expect temperatures between 47°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Knoxville

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Gatlinburg

— 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Cades Cove, Gatlinburg SkyLift Park and Anakeesta. On the 22nd (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Cades Cove, stroll through Rainbow Falls Trail, view the masterpieces at Fowler's Clay Works, then examine the collection at Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum, then find something for the whole family at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, and finally get in on the family fun at Ripley's Moving Theater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Spruce Flats Falls, head outdoors with The Sinks, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Gatlinburg Trail, and finally find something for the whole family at Anakeesta.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Knoxville to Gatlinburg in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 47°F in January, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Chattanooga

— 1 night

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Lookout Mountain as well as Ruby Falls. On the 24th (Sun), take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain, then get great views at Sunset Rock, then get outside with High Point Climbing, and finally stop by Rocket Fizz. Keep things going the next day: take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, Head underground at Ruby Falls, then see the interesting displays at Coker Museum, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Enterprise South Nature Park.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Chattanooga trip builder.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tennessee travel guide

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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.