8 days in Texas, Tennessee & Arkansas Itinerary

8 days in Texas, Tennessee & Arkansas Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States journey planner

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San Antonio
— 1 night
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Austin
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Eureka Springs
— 1 day
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San Antonio

— 1 night

The Alamo City

As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): steep yourself in history at The Alamo, shop like a local with The San Antonio River Walk, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Fernando De Bexar Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): admire the architecture and history at Mission San Juan, then take in the history at Mission San Jose, and then contemplate the long history of King William Historic District.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Antonio trip planner.

Houston to San Antonio is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or fly. In June in San Antonio, expect temperatures between 93°F during the day and 74°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Austin

— 1 night

Live Music Capital of the World

Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of The Driskill, then take in the exciting artwork at Wild About Music, then take an in-depth tour of Bullock Texas State History Museum, and finally ponder the world of politics at Texas State Capitol.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Austin vacation website.

You can drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Austin can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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.
On the 24th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then take in the history at Lotz House Museum, and then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe and then wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

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

Traveling by flight from Austin to Nashville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Austin in June: high temperatures in Nashville hover around 88°F and lows are around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Neighborhoods · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Gatlinburg

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take a memorable tour with Tours, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and then admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Gatlinburg trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Gatlinburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Eureka Springs

— 1 day

Little Switzerland of America

Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the whole town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
On the 28th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Quicksilver Gallery.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Eureka Springs trip builder website.

Fly from Gatlinburg to Eureka Springs in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Eureka Springs. In June, daily temperatures in Eureka Springs can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Shopping

Texas travel guide

4.2
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
The Lone Star State
Thanks to its size and geologic features, Texas contains diverse landscapes that closely resemble both the south and southwest of the United States. Though most people associate Texas with tracts of barren land, deserts cover only about 10 percent of the state, with most of its big population centers located in areas once covered by prairies, grasslands, and forests. As you travel from one end of Texas to the other, observe the changing terrain that ranges from coastal piney woods and swamps in the east to the mountains of the west, with rolling plains and rugged hills in the center. For a bit of urban sightseeing visit some of the state's large cities such as Houston, Dallas, or Austin, or immerse yourself in the nation's history by adding famous attractions like The Alamo to your itinerary. Take plenty of time to mingle with the locals, famous for their hospitality, generosity, and fiercely independent spirit.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
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.

Arkansas travel guide

4.4
State Parks · Historic Sites · Art Museums
The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.