9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Rapid City
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Memphis
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Ocoee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Maryville
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: Rapid City

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Graceland, appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Memphis trip planner .

Rapid City to Memphis is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Rapid City to Memphis due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rapid City in September, expect Memphis to be somewhat warmer, temps between 87°F and 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

2
nights
Nashville

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
On the 8th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, look for gifts at Carter Vintage Guitars, then test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), and finally see a show at Grand Ole Opry. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the history at Lotz House Museum, then examine the collection at RCA Studio B, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and finally take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nashville road trip planning app .

You can drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Memphis in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Nashville, with lows of 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ocoee.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Tours Nightlife

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Beer Tastings & Tours
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

1
night
Ocoee

Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the activities along Ocoee Outdoors, Inc. and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ocoee travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Nashville to Ocoee takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Maryville.

Things to do in Ocoee

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Maryville

Maryville ©
Maryville is a city and the county seat of Blount County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): cruise along Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, identify plant and animal life at ABR's Visitor & Education Center, then appreciate the views at Cades Cove, and finally admire the sheer force of Abrams Falls Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Maryville planning app .

You can drive from Ocoee to Maryville in 1.5 hours. September in Maryville sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Maryville

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, ABR's Visitor & Education Center
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Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove
Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking ©
Abrams Falls Trail ©
Abrams Falls Trail

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Venture out of the city with trips to River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford) and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). The adventure continues: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, find something for the whole family at 7D Dark Ride Adventure, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Gatlinburg trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Maryville to Gatlinburg in 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Dollywood, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

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