9 days in Nashville, Gatlinburg & Asheville Itinerary

9 days in Nashville, Gatlinburg & Asheville Itinerary

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9 days in Nashville, Gatlinburg & Asheville Itinerary

Start: Marquette
Fly:  6​h
1
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Asheville
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Marquette

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Downtown Franklin and Carnton. Popular historic sites such as Carter House and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Nashville to Franklin to see McGavock Confederate Cemetery about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Radnor Lake State Park and witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nashville trip planner .

Marquette to Nashville is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September, Nashville is a bit warmer than Marquette - with highs of 85°F and lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Franklin ©
Downtown Franklin

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Chimney Tops Trail. Get in touch with nature at Roaring Fork and Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking. Change things up with a short trip to Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend (about 52 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Rainbow Falls Trail, get great views at Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Gatlinburg trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Gatlinburg takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg. In September, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Asheville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tuckaleechee Caverns
Highlights from your plan
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail ©
Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail

3
nights
Asheville

Asheville ©
Asheville nestles between two major mountain ranges in the scenic western section of North Carolina.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilica of Saint Lawrence and Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Visiting Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park and Zipline will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: hike along Craggy Gardens, steep yourself in history at Grovewood Village, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and view the masterpieces at Lexington Glassworks.

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Drive from Gatlinburg to Asheville in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Asheville

Outdoors Tours Trails

Side Trips

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Tours & Tastings, Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, Zipline
Highlights from your plan
Thomas Wolfe Memorial ©
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Zipline
Grovewood Village ©
Grovewood Village

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