9 days in Nashville, Memphis & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

9 days in Nashville, Memphis & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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9 days in Nashville, Memphis & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  4​h
1
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Memphis
— 2 nights
drive:  6​h
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
drive:  4​h
4
Nashville
— Few hours
Fly:  1​h
End: Philadelphia

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Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grand Ole Opry, Belle Meade Plantation and Belmont Mansion. Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): examine the collection at RCA Studio B, then take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, and then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the history at Lotz House Museum, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, then contemplate the long history of Belmont Mansion, and finally steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nashville online route planner .

Philadelphia to Nashville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Philadelphia in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Nashville, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange, Blues Hall Juke Joint, The Peabody Ducks, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, steep yourself in history at The Cotton Museum at the Memphis Cotton Exchange, then make a trip to The Peabody Ducks, and finally get a taste of local nightlife at Blues Hall Juke Joint. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Graceland, then contemplate the long history of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Cooper-Young Historic District.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Memphis day trip planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In October, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife
Highlights from your plan
Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Cades Cove and Walker Sisters' Cabin. Do some cultural sightseeing at Noah Bud Ogle Cabin and Little Greenbrier School. There's more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome and look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park online trip maker .

Fly from Memphis to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Memphis to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Memphis in October, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 51°F. On the 25th (Fri), you'll travel to Nashville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome

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Nashville

Nashville
For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nashville trip itinerary maker site .

Fly from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Nashville in 5.5 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 Nashville. On the 25th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Nightlife Parks Tours

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