9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Drive:  7​h 45​min
1
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Ocoee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Knoxville
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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.
Step out of Nashville to go to Bowling Green and see Lost River Cave, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Nashville trip maker website .

Chicago to Nashville is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in August: highs in Nashville hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ocoee.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Tours Nature

Side Trips

Franklin, Lost River Cave
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Lost River Cave ©
Lost River Cave
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©

1
night
Ocoee

On the 11th (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Ocoee Outdoors, Inc. and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ocoee tour itinerary planning tool .

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. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Ocoee due to the time zone difference. In August, daytime highs in Ocoee are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Ocoee

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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.
On the 12th (Wed), walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, then take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls, and then admire all the interesting features of Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ocoee to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In August, daytime highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome

2
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
On the 14th (Fri), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then stroll around Freenotes Harmony Park. Keep things going the next day: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and then cool off at Dollywood.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Gatlinburg online trip itinerary builder .

Gatlinburg is very close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. August in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Knoxville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Tours Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Dollywood
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

1
night
Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
On the 16th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Market Square, then go for a walk through Strong Alley (Graffiti Alley), then get to know the resident critters at Zoo Knoxville, and finally see the interesting displays at Smoky Mountain Knife Works.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Knoxville trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Gatlinburg to Knoxville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Knoxville are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping

Side Trip

Smoky Mountain Knife Works
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Zoo Knoxville ©
Zoo Knoxville
Market Square ©
Market Square
Smoky Mountain Knife Works ©
Smoky Mountain Knife Works

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