9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Porto
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Porto

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, explore the galleries of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum, then stop by Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, and finally contemplate the long history of The Peabody Ducks.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis road trip site .

Porto, Portugal to Memphis is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Porto to Memphis. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Porto in May, with highs in Memphis at 31°C and lows at 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum ©
Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum
Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum ©
Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Carter House, contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, then examine the collection at RCA Studio B, then examine the collection at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Carnton, get to know the fascinating history of Downtown Franklin, and then have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. May in Nashville sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Franklin
Highlights from your plan
Carter House ©
Carter House
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park ©

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): view the masterpieces at Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community, sample the fine beverages at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, get your game on at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, then see the interesting displays at Smoky Mountain Knife Works, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Alewine Pottery, get some fabulous bargains at Tanger Outlets Sevierville, see the interesting displays at Alcatraz East Crime Museum, then find something for the whole family at Ripley's Haunted Adventure, and finally see the interesting displays at Hollywood Star Cars Museum.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg travel itinerary 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. Traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Gatlinburg are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Museums Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Pigeon Forge, Sevierville
Highlights from your plan
Smoky Mountain Knife Works ©
Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Alcatraz East Crime Museum ©
Alcatraz East Crime Museum
Hollywood Star Cars Museum ©
Hollywood Star Cars Museum

1
night
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
Once saddled with the reputation of being one of the country's dirtiest cities, Chattanooga now boasts a pedestrian-friendly downtown with a network of leafy waterfront trails and free electric shuttles.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the views from Walnut Street Bridge, then examine the collection at Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, then take in the history at Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields, and finally Head underground at Raccoon Mountain Caverns.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga trip planner .

Drive from Gatlinburg to Chattanooga in 3 hours. In June, daytime highs in Chattanooga are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
Highlights from your plan
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum ©
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Raccoon Mountain Caverns ©
Raccoon Mountain Caverns
Walnut Street Bridge ©
Walnut Street Bridge

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