9 days in Tennessee & Coastal South Carolina Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee & Coastal South Carolina Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour itinerary planner

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Memphis
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 1 night
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Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
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Charleston
— 2 nights
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Hilton Head
— 1 night
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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.
On the 22nd (Sat), pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel and then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Graceland, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and then contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Memphis trip planning site.

Los Angeles to Memphis is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Los Angeles to Memphis. In May, daytime highs in Memphis are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, then examine the collection at Patsy Cline Museum, and finally catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry.

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Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. May in Nashville sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Nightlife

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: cool off at Dollywood, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky, take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road, and walk around Chimneys Picnic Area.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg road trip site.

You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg is 1 hour. May in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Charleston.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Theme Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

Charleston

— 2 nights
Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
On the 28th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Nathaniel Russell House, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and finally take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Washington Square, don't miss a visit to Warren Lasch Conservation Center - H.L. Hunley Submarine, then contemplate the long history of Fort Sumter National Monument, and finally admire the natural beauty at Battery & White Point Gardens.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Charleston journey website.

You can fly from Gatlinburg to Charleston in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Gatlinburg in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of 64°F in Charleston. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Hilton Head.

Things to do in Charleston

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Hilton Head

— 1 night
A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
On the 30th (Sun), stroll through Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then kick back and relax at Burkes Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Hilton Head travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Charleston to Hilton Head in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hilton Head

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

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.

Coastal South Carolina travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Beaches