9 days in East Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in East Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock East Tennessee trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Atlanta, Bus to Chattanooga
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Chattanooga
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tellico Plains
— 2 nights
Drive
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Jonesborough
— 1 night
Drive
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Knoxville
— 1 night
Fly

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Chattanooga

— 4 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to River Rafting & Tubing in Ocoee (about 54 minutes away). There's much more to do: get great views at Lookout Mountain, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium, and explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Chattanooga road trip app.

Los Angeles to Chattanooga is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in October, expect Chattanooga to be slightly colder, temps between 76°F and 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tellico Plains.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Tours · Adventure

Side Trips

Tellico Plains

— 2 nights
Tellico Plains is a town in Monroe County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): cruise along Cherohala Skyway and then admire the sheer force of Bald River Falls. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the majestic nature at Fort Loudoun State Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Tellico Plains itinerary builder.

Getting from Chattanooga to Tellico Plains by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, Tellico Plains is a bit cooler than Chattanooga - with highs of 71°F and lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Jonesborough.

Things to do in Tellico Plains

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Jonesborough

— 1 night
Jonesborough is a town in, and the county seat of, Washington County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Christopher Taylor House, then take an in-depth tour of Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum, and then sample the fine beverages at Tennessee Hills Distillery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Jonesborough tour site.

Getting from Tellico Plains to Jonesborough by car takes about 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to Knoxville.

Things to do in Jonesborough

Museums · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Knoxville

— 1 night

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Knoxville, take an in-depth tour of East Tennesse Historical Society, and then don't miss a visit to Market Square.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Knoxville trip planner.

You can drive from Jonesborough to Knoxville in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Knoxville can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums