9 days in Tennessee & Kentucky Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee & Kentucky Itinerary

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— 4 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tuckaleechee Caverns and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. Visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Roaring Fork will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gatlinburg: Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park), Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy (in Sevierville) and Bush's Visitor Center (in Chestnut Hill). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, examine the collection at Hollywood Star Cars Museum, pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Gatlinburg trip planner.

New York City to Gatlinburg is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from New York City in November, Gatlinburg is slightly colder at night with lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bowling Green.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Bowling Green

Bowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. On the 21st (Sat), make a trip to 1921 Standard Oil Station, then experience rural life at Chaney's Dairy Barn, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Lost River Cave.

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Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Bowling Green takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Gatlinburg to Bowling Green, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November in Bowling Green, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 37°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Lexington.

Things to do in Bowling Green

Parks · Nature


Horse Capital of the World

Known internationally as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington boasts a thriving economy resting largely on its thoroughbred racehorse industry.
Take a break from the city and head to Kentucky Horse Park and Unique Horse Farm Tours. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mary Todd Lincoln House and Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.. Get out of town with these interesting Lexington side-trips: Woodford Reserve Distillery (in Versailles) and Frankfort (Daniel Boone's Grave & Buffalo Trace Distillery). Next up on the itinerary: try to win big at Keeneland.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lexington road trip site.

Getting from Bowling Green to Lexington by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Bowling Green to Lexington, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In November, plan for daily highs up to 56°F, and evening lows to 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lexington

Museums · Casinos · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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.

Kentucky travel guide

Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.