9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Union Grove
Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
End: Union Grove

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 some historical perspective at Sun Studio and Beale Street. Change things up with these side-trips from Memphis: Craighead Forest Park (in Jonesboro) and Horseshoe Tunica (in Tunica). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Memphis Zoo.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Memphis tour itinerary maker app .

Union Grove to Memphis is an approximately 5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Union Grove in August, with highs in Memphis at 90°F and lows at 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Craighead Forest Park, Horseshoe Tunica
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Memphis Zoo ©
Memphis Zoo
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio
Horseshoe Tunica ©
Horseshoe Tunica

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 10th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, then steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and finally steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. On the next day, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at 8th Avenue Antique Mall, then get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill), and then immerse yourself in nature at Radnor Lake State Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Nashville online route planner .

Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In August in Nashville, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum ©
Lotz House Museum
The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill) ©
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

4
nights
Gatlinburg

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Kids will enjoy River Rafting & Tubing and 7D Dark Ride Adventure. Get in touch with nature at Roaring Fork and Zipline. Change things up with a short trip to Biltmore in Asheville (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops Trail, and do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Gatlinburg tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Biltmore, Dollywood
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River Rafting & Tubing
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail

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