5 days in East Tennessee Itinerary

5 days in East Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock East Tennessee trip itinerary maker

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Chattanooga
— 1 night
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Knoxville
— 2 nights
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Kingsport
— 1 night
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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.
On the 12th (Wed), see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Tennessee Aquarium, and then trek along Tennessee Riverpark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Lookout Mountain, then stroll the grounds of Chattanooga National Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Coker Museum, and finally admire the masterpieces at Hunter Museum of American Art.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Chattanooga driving holiday planner.

Memphis to Chattanooga is an approximately 6-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 1 hour. In May in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums

Knoxville

— 2 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
On the 14th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at First Baptist Church, take an in-depth tour of East Tennesse Historical Society, take in the pleasant sights at Strong Alley (Graffiti Alley), then don't miss a visit to Market Square, and finally admire the masterpieces at Knoxville Museum of Art. On the next day, engage your brain at American Museum of Science and Energy, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Appalachia, and then admire the natural beauty at UT Gardens.

To see where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Knoxville itinerary planning website.

Drive from Chattanooga to Knoxville in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. May in Knoxville sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Kingsport.

Things to do in Knoxville

Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kingsport

— 1 night
Kingsport is a city in Sullivan and Hawkins counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee; most of the city is in Sullivan County. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at Warriors' Path State Park and then walk around Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Kingsport trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Knoxville to Kingsport by car takes about 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kingsport

Parks · Nature · Wildlife