12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

12 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip itinerary planner

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Memphis
— 1 night
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Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ocoee
— 1 night
Drive
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Knoxville
— 4 nights
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Memphis

— 1 night

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
On the 21st (Sat), make a trip to Beale Street, take an in-depth tour of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and finally browse the exhibits of Graceland.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Memphis driving holiday planner.

Dublin, Ireland to Memphis is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Dublin to Memphis. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in August, with highs in Memphis at 38°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Historic Sites

Nashville

— 2 nights

Music City U.S.A.

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 22nd (Sun): stop by The Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop, steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, have some family-friendly fun at The Rabbit Hole VR, then get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and finally get your game on at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Downtown Nashville, get your game on at The Escape Game Nashville (Downtown), then see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and finally learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip itinerary site.

Getting from Memphis to Nashville by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ocoee.

Things to do in Nashville

Neighborhoods · Museums · Fun & Games · Historic Sites

Ocoee

— 1 night
On the 24th (Tue), ride a horse along Ocoee HorseRide, then relax and float downstream with Adventures Unlimited, then let the river carry you with Ocoee Outdoors, Inc., and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ocoee visit site.

Drive from Nashville to Ocoee in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Ocoee. August in Ocoee sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Ocoee

Adventure · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for wildlife, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Chimneys Picnic Area, get outside with The Sinks, take in the awesome beauty at Mount LeConte, and take in the dramatic scenery at Laurel Falls.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park online visit planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ocoee to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Knoxville.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Knoxville

— 4 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Venture out of the city with trips to Revolutionary War Graveyard (in Dandridge), Hartford (Zipline & River Rafting & Tubing) and Sevierville (Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy, Tennessee Legend Distillery - Winfield Dunn Parkway, &more). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, and see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Knoxville trip itinerary builder app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Knoxville. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Tennessee travel guide

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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.