9 days in East Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in East Tennessee Itinerary

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9 days in East Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  9​h
1
Knoxville
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kingsport
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Etowah
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Fall Creek Falls State Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Chattanooga
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h
End: Chicago

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Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, look for all kinds of wild species at Ijams Nature Center, and then do a tasting at Blue Slip Winery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Knoxville trip itinerary builder site .

Chicago to Knoxville is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Knoxville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Knoxville: highs are around 60°F and lows about 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Kingsport.

Things to do in Knoxville

Wildlife Parks Fun & Games
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Ijams Nature Center ©
Ijams Nature Center
Room Escape Games
Blue Slip Winery ©
Blue Slip Winery

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Kingsport

Kingsport ©
Kingsport is a city in Sullivan and Hawkins counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): admire the majestic nature at Warriors' Path State Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kingsport vacation website .

Drive from Knoxville to Kingsport in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Knoxville in March since evenings lows in Kingsport dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Etowah.

Things to do in Kingsport

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium ©
Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium
Warriors' Path State Park ©
Warriors' Path State Park

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Etowah

Etowah ©
Etowah is a city in McMinn County, Tennessee, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Bald River Falls, then learn about winemaking at Savannah Oaks Winery, and then admire the sheer force of Benton Falls Hike. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Tellico Trout Hatchery and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Etowah sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kingsport to Etowah in 3 hours. In March in Etowah, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Fall Creek Falls State Park.

Things to do in Etowah

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tellico Plains, Benton Falls Hike, Savannah Oaks Winery
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Bald River Falls ©
Bald River Falls
Tellico Trout Hatchery ©
Tellico Trout Hatchery
Benton Falls Hike ©
Benton Falls Hike

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Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Piney Creek Falls, then enjoy some diversion at The Dead Zero Shooting Park, and then admire the sheer force of Fall Creek Falls.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Fall Creek Falls State Park journey maker tool .

Drive from Etowah to Fall Creek Falls State Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Etowah to Fall Creek Falls State Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In March in Fall Creek Falls State Park, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Fall Creek Falls State Park

Nature Parks Fun & Games

Side Trip

Spencer
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Fall Creek Falls ©
Fall Creek Falls
Piney Creek Falls ©
Piney Creek Falls
The Dead Zero Shooting Park ©
The Dead Zero Shooting Park

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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.
Creative Discovery Museum and Bluff View Art District are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Little River Canyon National Preserve and Rock City Gardens. Step out of Chattanooga to go to Rising Fawn and see Cloudland Canyon State Park, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: witness the site of a historic battle at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, do a tasting at The Georgia Winery, and examine the collection at Tennessee Valley Railroad (TVR).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Fall Creek Falls State Park to Chattanooga in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Fall Creek Falls State Park to Chattanooga due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Fall Creek Falls State Park in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Chattanooga, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Cloudland Canyon State Park, The Georgia Winery, Rock City Gardens
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