8 days in Texas, Tennessee & Arkansas Itinerary

8 days in Texas, Tennessee & Arkansas Itinerary

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8 days in Texas, Tennessee & Arkansas Itinerary

Start: Houston
bus:  3​h
1
San Antonio
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Austin
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
5
Eureka Springs
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Houston

1
night
San Antonio

San Antonio ©
As the state’s second largest city, San Antonio embodies Texas’ rich cultural heritage while maintaining the Old West charm of an oil town.
On the 21st (Fri), contemplate the long history of The Alamo, then get a taste of the local shopping with The San Antonio River Walk, and then pause for some serene contemplation 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, take in the history at Mission San Jose, and then get to know the fascinating history of King William Historic District.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our San Antonio vacation planner .

Houston to San Antonio is an approximately 3-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or fly. In June, daytime highs in San Antonio are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Austin.

Things to do in San Antonio

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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The San Antonio River Walk ©
The San Antonio River Walk
The Alamo ©
The Alamo
Mission San Jose ©
Mission San Jose

1
night
Austin

Austin ©
Despite its laid-back college vibe, Austin is an influential center for politics, technology, film, and music.
On the 23rd (Sun), admire the striking features of The Driskill, view the masterpieces 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.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Austin trip planning app .

Drive from San Antonio to Austin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 93°F in June, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Austin

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Texas State Capitol ©
Texas State Capitol
Bullock Texas State History Museum ©
Bullock Texas State History Museum
The Driskill ©
The Driskill

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, steep yourself in history at Lotz House Museum, and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe and then wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Nashville trip planner.

You can fly from Austin to Nashville in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Austin in June, with highs in Nashville at 88°F and lows at 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Nightlife

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
On the 26th (Wed), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ramsey Cascades.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Gatlinburg can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Eureka Springs.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

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day
Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs ©
Nestled in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, the whole town of Eureka Springs is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thorncrown Chapel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, and finally shop like a local with Quicksilver Gallery.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Eureka Springs trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Gatlinburg to Eureka Springs in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Gatlinburg to Eureka Springs is minus 1 hour. June in Eureka Springs sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Eureka Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge ©
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge
Thorncrown Chapel ©
Thorncrown Chapel
St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church ©
St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church

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