14 days in Tennessee, Alabama & Mississippi Itinerary

14 days in Tennessee, Alabama & Mississippi Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States tour planner

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Gatlinburg
— 5 nights
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Sweetwater
— 2 nights
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Fort Payne
— 2 nights
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Shiloh
— 1 night
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Tupelo
— 3 nights
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Gatlinburg

— 5 nights

The Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Step off the beaten path and head to Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Rainbow Falls Trail. Visiting Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook will get you outdoors. Explore Gatlinburg's surroundings by going to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Rich Mountain Road, Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, &more) and Townsend (Tuckaleechee Caverns & Cades Cove Cellars). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, explore the striking landscape at Chimney Tops Trail, and hike along Gatlinburg Trail.

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New York City to Gatlinburg is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from New York City in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Gatlinburg, with lows of 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sweetwater.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Sweetwater

— 2 nights
Sweetwater is a city in Monroe and McMinn counties in the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take a memorable drive along Cherohala Skyway, admire the sheer force of Bald River Falls, and then get a dose of the wild on The Lost Sea Adventure. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge and then identify plant and animal life at Citico Wildlife Wilderness.

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You can drive from Gatlinburg to Sweetwater in 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Sweetwater when traveling from Gatlinburg in November, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Payne.

Things to do in Sweetwater

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Fort Payne

— 2 nights
Fort Payne is a city in and county seat of DeKalb County, Alabama, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the stunning scenery at Little River Canyon National Preserve and then immerse yourself in nature at DeSoto State Park. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Desoto Falls and then Head underground at Cathedral Caverns State Park.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Fort Payne driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sweetwater to Fort Payne by car takes about 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Sweetwater to Fort Payne. November in Fort Payne sees daily highs of 61°F and lows of 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shiloh.

Things to do in Fort Payne

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Shiloh

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): immerse yourself in nature at Pickwick Landing State Park and then look for all kinds of wild species at Shiloh National Military Park.

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You can drive from Fort Payne to Shiloh in 3.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Shiloh can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tupelo.

Things to do in Shiloh

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Tupelo

— 3 nights
Tupelo is the county seat and the largest city of Lee County, Mississippi. Step out of the city life by going to Natchez Trace Pkwy and Thacker Mountain Rail Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum and Tupelo Hardware Company. Go for a jaunt from Tupelo to Oxford to see University of Mississippi about 1h 5 min away. There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Tupelo Automobile Museum.

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Traveling by car from Shiloh to Tupelo takes 1.5 hours. In November in Tupelo, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 41°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tupelo

Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive · Parks

Side Trip

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.

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.

Mississippi travel guide

3.5
Casinos · Historic Sites · History Museums
The Magnolia State
Still relatively unspoiled by mass tourism, Mississippi epitomizes rich history and offers warm hospitality to those who vacation here. The Mississippi River forms most of its western border, so it's no surprise that this mighty waterway shapes the lives of people calling the "Magnolia State" their home. The river influences everything from the food they eat to the music they listen to. Perhaps the easiest way to discover Mississippi is to take a drive on the 715 km (444 mi) long national parkway, which follows a route used since pre-colonial times that's famous for its scenic beauty and attractions of historical interest. At the end of the parkway sits a town packed with nearly 600 antebellum homes.