9 days in Memphis, Nashville & Knoxville Itinerary

9 days in Memphis, Nashville & Knoxville Itinerary

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9 days in Memphis, Nashville & Knoxville Itinerary

Start: Miami
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Memphis
— 2 nights
2
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Knoxville
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Miami

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.
When in Memphis, make a side trip to see Horseshoe Tunica in Tunica, approximately 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Memphis Zoo, try your luck at Southland Park Gaming and Racing, admire the landmark architecture of The Orpheum Theatre, and get engrossed in the history at Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Memphis online itinerary builder .

Miami to Memphis is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Miami to Memphis. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Miami in December: high temperatures in Memphis hover around 55°F and lows are around 38°F. On the 31st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Memphis

Fun & Games Casinos Museums

Side Trips

Horseshoe Tunica, Southland Park Gaming and Racing
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Horseshoe Tunica ©
Horseshoe Tunica
Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

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Memphis

Memphis ©
On the 31st (Tue), look for gifts at Dinstuhl's Fine Candy Company, Inc. and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Graceland, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, then steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street.

Make your Memphis itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trip

Horseshoe Tunica
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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.
On the 3rd (Fri), examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then look for gifts at Carter Vintage Guitars, then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), and finally catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, and then admire the striking features of Downtown Presbyterian Church.

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Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 48°F in January, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Knoxville.

Things to do in Nashville

Neighborhoods Parks Museums
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

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Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
On the 5th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Market Square, take in the pleasant sights at Strong Alley (Graffiti Alley), look for gifts at Mast General Store, then look for all kinds of wild species at Ijams Nature Center, and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. Keep things going the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Knoxville, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John's Cathedral, and then walk around World's Fair Park.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Knoxville trip planner .

You can drive from Nashville to Knoxville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Knoxville. In January, daily temperatures in Knoxville can reach 47°F, while at night they dip to 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Wildlife
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Ijams Nature Center ©
Ijams Nature Center
Market Square ©
Market Square
Room Escape Games

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