9 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Memphis Itinerary

9 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Memphis Itinerary

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9 days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park & Memphis Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

6
nights
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Pigeon Forge (Dollywood, Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster, & more) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, admire the verdant scenery at Cades Cove, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and explore and take pictures at Newfound Gap Road.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park holiday maker .

Philadelphia to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, River Rafting & Tubing
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
On the 16th (Sun), admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art, then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum, and then look for gifts at A. Schwab. On your second day here, appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, look for gifts at Saint Blues Guitar Workshop, then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio., and finally make a trip to Graceland.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Memphis trip app .

You can fly from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Memphis in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Memphis. In September, daytime highs in Memphis are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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