9 days in Nashville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

9 days in Nashville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

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9 days in Nashville & Gatlinburg Itinerary

Start: Nashville
1
Nashville
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Nashville

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nashville: National Corvette Museum (in Bowling Green), Onyx Cave (in Cave City) and Mammoth Cave National Park (Mammoth Cave & Fat Man's Misery). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Plantation.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville road trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Nashville. In September, daytime highs in Nashville are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Parks Tours

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, National Corvette Museum, Lotz House Museum, Onyx Cave
Highlights from your plan
The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill) ©
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, then do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then walk around Freenotes Harmony Park.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in October, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
River Rafting & Tubing
Zipline

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