9 days in Kentucky, Georgia & Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Kentucky, Georgia & Tennessee Itinerary

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Louisville
— 1 night
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Savannah
— 1 night
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Atlanta
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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Memphis
— 1 night
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Louisville

— 1 night

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, and then try your luck at Churchill Downs. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Artisan Distillery, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern.

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Denver to Louisville is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Denver in May, expect Louisville to be somewhat warmer, temps between 77°F and 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Savannah.

Things to do in Louisville

Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Savannah

— 1 night

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
On the 12th (Wed), wander the streets of Savannah Historic District, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bonaventure Cemetery, then learn about all things military at Webb Military Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and finally stroll around Forsyth Park.

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You can fly from Louisville to Savannah in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, Savannah is a bit warmer than Louisville - with highs of 83°F and lows of 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Atlanta.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Atlanta

— 1 night

The Capital of the South

Georgia’s largest city and capital, Atlanta is a thriving metropolis anchored by its southern roots.
On the 13th (Thu), immerse yourself in nature at Chastain Park, see the interesting displays at World of Coca-Cola, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Georgia Aquarium.

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Traveling by flight from Savannah to Atlanta takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May in Atlanta, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can fly to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Atlanta

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums · Nature

Gatlinburg

— 3 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.
Gatlinburg is known for breweries & distilleries, zoos & aquariums, and wineries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and cool off at Dollywood.

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You can fly from Atlanta to Gatlinburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, and car. In May in Gatlinburg, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Nashville

— 1 night

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 17th (Mon), witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, see a show at Grand Ole Opry, then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

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Drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May in Nashville, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Nightlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Memphis

— 1 night

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and then examine the collection at Graceland.

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You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. May in Memphis sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

Georgia travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Aquariums
The Peach State
Founded in 1733, Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies that became the United States. Much more geographically diverse than most visitors realize, the state features a scenic seacoast, high mountain peaks, and large urban centers, with broad rural areas in between. Once famous mostly for historical attractions memorializing the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia now draws tourists from around the world with its rich musical tradition and distinctive cuisine. Start your Georgian adventure in Atlanta, the state's economic powerhouse, and then road trip to the coastal barrier islands, nature preserves, and chic vacation resorts.

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.