20 days in Tennessee Itinerary

20 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Gatlinburg
— 6 nights
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Knoxville
— 3 nights
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Chattanooga
— 3 nights
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Nashville
— 4 nights
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Memphis
— 3 nights
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Gatlinburg

— 6 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.
You'll explore and learn at Titanic Museum Attraction and Tennessee Museum of Aviation. When in Gatlinburg, make a side trip to see Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy in Sevierville, approximately Sevierville away. And it doesn't end there: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, do a tasting at Sugarland Cellars, take a memorable drive along Little River Road, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg trip itinerary builder.

Alpena to Gatlinburg is an approximately 12-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of car and flight. In March, Gatlinburg is much hotter than Alpena - with highs of 60°F and lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries · Museums · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Knoxville

— 3 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Explore Knoxville's surroundings by going to Museum of Appalachia (in Clinton), Revolutionary War Graveyard (in Dandridge) and Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Next up on the itinerary: sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, learn about winemaking at Blue Slip Winery, get some fabulous bargains at Russell Stover Candies, and don't miss a visit to Market Square.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Knoxville tour planner.

Drive from Gatlinburg to Knoxville in 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Knoxville are 72°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Knoxville

Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping · Parks · Transportation

Side Trips

Chattanooga

— 3 nights

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.
Chickamauga Battlefield and Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields will appeal to history buffs. Let the collections at Coker Museum and Chattanooga Choo Choo capture your imagination. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Chattanooga National Cemetery, Head underground at Ruby Falls, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Chattanooga holiday planner.

You can drive from Knoxville to Chattanooga in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in April, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Nashville

— 4 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.
Popular historic sites such as Lotz House Museum and Downtown Franklin are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Cooter’s Museum and Store Nashville. Step out of Nashville with an excursion to Carnton in Franklin--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, and steep yourself in history at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nashville holiday maker.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Nashville takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Chattanooga to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In April in Nashville, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nightlife

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Memphis

— 3 nights

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.
Appreciate the collections at Graceland and Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Tunica (Horseshoe Tunica & Gold Strike Casino). There's much more to do: make a trip to Beale Street, see the interesting displays at Railroad & Trolley Museum, try your luck at Southland Casino Racing, and deepen your understanding at Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Memphis tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. April in Memphis sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums · Fun & Games · Casinos · Historic Sites

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.