32 days in Tennessee Itinerary

32 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Start: Nashville
Drive:  3 h 30 min
1
Memphis
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
2
Knoxville
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 11 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Ducktown
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Chattanooga
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Nashville
— 6 nights
End: Nashville

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Memphis: Samuel T Bryant Distillery (in Jackson) and Collierville TN Historic District (in Collierville). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Graceland, deepen your understanding at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, don't miss a visit to The Peabody Ducks, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis holiday planner.

Nashville to Memphis is an approximately 3.5- hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, daytime highs in Memphis are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Knoxville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Samuel T Bryant Distillery, Collierville TN Historic District
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Graceland
Graceland
National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel ©
Sun Studio ©
Sun Studio

4
nights
Knoxville

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knoxville: Hartford (Zipline & River Rafting & Tubing), Gatlinburg (Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery, Sugarlands Distilling Company, &more) and Pigeon Forge (Titanic Museum Attraction, The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, &more). There's more to do: sample the fine beverages at Old Tennessee Distilling and make a trip to Cocke County Moonshine Distillery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Knoxville road trip planner.

Getting from Memphis to Knoxville by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Memphis in August, Knoxville is little chillier at night with lows of 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to take a bus to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Knoxville

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Hartford, Cocke County Moonshine Distillery, Old Tennessee Distilling
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River Rafting & Tubing
Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
Dollywood ©
Dollywood

11
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.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for wildlife, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops Trail, trek along Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and explore and take pictures at Newfound Gap Road.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park road trip planning website.

Traveling by bus from Knoxville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ducktown.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome
Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte

1
night
Ducktown

Ducktown is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Ocoee Outdoors, Inc., then examine the collection at Ducktown Basin Museum, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Ducktown trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Ducktown. Traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park in August, plan for little chillier nights in Ducktown, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Ducktown

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Ocoee Outdoors, Inc.
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River Rafting & Tubing
Ducktown Basin Museum ©
Ducktown Basin Museum

5
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chattanooga: Cleveland (Cleveland Bradley County Greenway & Mash & Hops) and Ocoee (River Rafting & Tubing & Adventures Unlimited). There's lots more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium, explore the fascinating underground world of Ruby Falls, explore the engaging exhibits at Creative Discovery Museum, and have some family-friendly fun at Escape Experience - Chattanooga Escape Room Games.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Chattanooga trip planner.

Getting from Ducktown to Chattanooga by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ducktown in August, with highs in Chattanooga at 89°F and lows at 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Cleveland, Ocoee, Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
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River Rafting & Tubing
Adventures Unlimited ©
Adventures Unlimited
Tennessee Aquarium ©
Tennessee Aquarium

6
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.
Nashville is known for nightlife, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Plantation, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take in the history at Lotz House Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nashville route planner.

You can drive from Chattanooga to Nashville in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. August in Nashville sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 69°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

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