11 days in Alabama, Georgia & Tennessee Itinerary

11 days in Alabama, Georgia & Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States route planner

Make it your trip
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Orange Beach
— 1 night
Fly
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Jekyll Island
— 1 night
Drive
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Savannah
— 2 nights
Drive
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Fly to Atlanta, Bus to Chattanooga
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive
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Franklin
— 1 night
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Orange Beach

— 1 night
Orange Beach exists solely as a tourist beach town, with a permanent population of less than 6,000.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Orange Beach online trip itinerary planner.

Memphis to Orange Beach is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. In July, daytime highs in Orange Beach are 88°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Jekyll Island.

Things to do in Orange Beach

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks

Jekyll Island

— 1 night
A vacation on Jekyll Island allows visitors to discover the lifestyle of American aristocrats from the 19th century.
On the 26th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Georgia Sea Turtle Center, cool off at Summer Waves Water Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Driftwood Beach.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Jekyll Island route maker site.

You can fly from Orange Beach to Jekyll Island in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Orange Beach to Jekyll Island is 1 hour. July in Jekyll Island sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Savannah.

Things to do in Jekyll Island

Parks · Theme Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Savannah

— 2 nights

The Hostess City of the South

Georgia's oldest city, Savannah displays its colonial history proudly on every corner.
On the 27th (Mon), steep yourself in history at Juliette Gordon Low's Birthplace, explore the galleries of Tybee Island Lighthouse Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Fort Pulaski National Monument, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of First African Baptist Church. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Olde Pink House, browse the exhibits of Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mickve Israel Temple, and finally take a stroll through Savannah Historic District.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Savannah online trip planner.

You can drive from Jekyll Island to Savannah in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Savannah

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 3 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

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.
Family-friendly places like Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Newfound Gap Road will thrill your kids. Escape the urban bustle at Laurel Falls and Alum Cave Trail. The adventure continues: trek along Gatlinburg Trail, pause for some photo ops at Rockefeller Memorial, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount LeConte, and look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Savannah to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Savannah in July, plan for little chillier nights in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Chattanooga

— 1 night

Dynamo of Dixie

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): get your game on at Escape Mission Chattanooga, ponder the design of Coolidge Park, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and finally meet the residents at Tennessee Aquarium. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Ruby Falls, then explore the engaging exhibits at Creative Discovery Museum, and then get outside with High Point Climbing.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Chattanooga day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Chattanooga takes 6 hours. August in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Franklin.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Childrens Museums

Franklin

— 1 night
More than just a charming Southern city, Franklin continues to receive accolades for its downtown Main Street district that has brings up words like "romantic," "small town," and "best place to visit" from numerous media sources.
On the 3rd (Mon), take in the history at Lotz House Museum, then take in the history at Carter House, then stroll through Winstead Hill Park, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Crockett Park.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Franklin trip itinerary app.

Drive from Chattanooga to Franklin in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Chattanooga to Franklin is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Franklin

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Alabama travel guide

4.4
Dolphin & Whale Watching · Military Museums · Specialty Museums
Heart of Dixie
Known as a focal point of the civil rights struggle in the 1960s, Alabama features diverse landscapes that include tall mountains, rolling hills, and gentle plains. Though still largely undiscovered by foreign visitors, Alabama offers tourists a chance to discover the distinct culture of the Deep South. In addition to well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, this area also boasts an outstanding local cuisine, famous for traditional barbecue recipes passed down from generation to generation. Looking for outdoorsy things to do? Nature lovers on holiday can explore the state's beaches, rugged canyons, and lush river valleys.

Georgia travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Aquariums
The Peach State
Founded in 1733, Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies that became the United States. Much more geographically diverse than most visitors realize, the state features a scenic seacoast, high mountain peaks, and large urban centers, with broad rural areas in between. Once famous mostly for historical attractions memorializing the Civil War era and the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia now draws tourists from around the world with its rich musical tradition and distinctive cuisine. Start your Georgian adventure in Atlanta, the state's economic powerhouse, and then road trip to the coastal barrier islands, nature preserves, and chic vacation resorts.

Tennessee travel guide

4.4
Specialty Museums · Distilleries · Theaters
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.