9 days in Tennessee, Kentucky & West Virginia Itinerary

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Gatlinburg — 3 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park), Hartford (Zipline & River Rafting & Tubing) and Helicopter Tours (in Sevierville). Next up on the itinerary: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, get in on the family fun at The Island in Pigeon Forge, and identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gatlinburg journey planner.

Philadelphia to Gatlinburg is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in June, and nighttime lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nashville.
Breweries & Distilleries · Outdoors · Tours · Theme Parks
Side Trips

Nashville — 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, then see a show at Grand Ole Opry, and then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nashville holiday planner.

Drive from Gatlinburg to Nashville in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, daytime highs in Nashville are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Louisville.
Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trip

Louisville — 2 nights

Derby City

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. On the next day, sample the fine beverages at Copper & Kings American Brandy Distillery, then explore the fascinating underground world of Louisville Mega Cavern, and then try your luck at Churchill Downs.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Louisville day trip website.

Getting from Nashville to Louisville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Louisville due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Louisville are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to fly to Weston.
Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Fun & Games · Casinos

Weston — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Appalachian Glass and then contemplate the long history of Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Weston online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Louisville to Weston in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Louisville in June, with highs in Weston at 78°F and lows at 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Tennessee travel guide

Distilleries · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
The Volunteer State
Divided by law, geography, and custom into three major regions, represented by the three stars on state's flag, Tennessee boasts a distinctive musical heritage that includes elements of bluegrass, country-western, and blues. With a countryside as diverse as its people, Tennessee includes landscapes ranging from a mountainous region in the east to the lowlands of the west, with gently rolling hills in the middle. For a well-rounded vacation, you can hike remote mountain trails in the morning and explore the crowded bars of Nashville in the evening. Visit the urban attractions, such as Elvis Presley's former residence in Memphis, but don't miss a chance to spend some time in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, situated in the eastern part of the state.

Kentucky travel guide

Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.

West Virginia travel guide

Historic Sites · State Parks · Zipline
The Mountain State
Located entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, the aptly nicknamed "Mountain State" represents the highest state east of the Mississippi River with an average elevation of about 460 m (1,500 ft) above sea level. With an official motto of "Mountaineers are always free," West Virginia is home to a fiercely independent people, proud of their state's rich natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture. The state is often overlooked by tourists, and its major attractions retain an off-the-beaten-path character and exemplify a laid-back pace of life. West Virginians like to describe their part of the country as both wild and wonderful, a claim you can easily test on a holiday here by filling your itinerary with exploration of the state's green mountains, white-water rivers, and historical small towns.