9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Mena
Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Nashville
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
2
Gatlinburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  10​h 30​min
End: Mena

1
night
Nashville

Nashville
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Nashville day trip site .

Mena to Nashville is an approximately 7.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. March in Nashville sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 39°F at night. On the 24th (Sun), you're off toGatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Nightlife Outdoors Tours

3
nights
Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Visiting Chimney Tops Trail and Abrams Falls Trail will get you outdoors. When in Gatlinburg, make a side trip to see Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, delve into the lush surroundings at Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, and admire the sheer force of Cataract Falls.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg online attractions planner .

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 changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. March in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest
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Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Chimney Tops Trail ©
Chimney Tops Trail
Cades Cove ©
Cades Cove

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Grotto Falls Trail as well as Laurel Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Alum Cave Trail and Rainbow Falls Trail. There's still lots to do: admire the sheer force of Ramsey Cascades.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a stone's throw from Gatlinburg. March in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ramsey Cascades ©
Ramsey Cascades
Grotto Falls Trail ©
Grotto Falls Trail

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