8 days in Chattanooga & Kentucky Itinerary

8 days in Chattanooga & Kentucky Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States trip itinerary builder

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Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive
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Mammoth Cave National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Middlesboro
— 2 nights
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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.
To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Chattanooga trip tool.

Gainesville to Chattanooga is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and subway. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Gainesville in December, with highs in Chattanooga at 56°F and lows at 38°F. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sat) before leaving for Mammoth Cave National Park.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Mammoth Cave National Park

— 4 nights
Mammoth Caves National Park is the longest cave system in the world so far discovered.
You've added Bell's Tavern, Natural Arch Scenic Area, Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mammoth Cave National Park trip builder site.

Getting from Chattanooga to Mammoth Cave National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chattanooga in December, with highs in Mammoth Cave National Park at 49°F and lows at 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Middlesboro.

Things to do in Mammoth Cave National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Middlesboro

— 2 nights
Middlesboro is a home rule-class city in Bell County, Kentucky, United States. To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Middlesboro online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Mammoth Cave National Park to Middlesboro in 3.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Middlesboro are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Middlesboro

Nature · Parks

Kentucky travel guide

4.5
Caves · Specialty Museums · Distilleries
The Bluegrass State
A diverse region of sprawling farmland and rich cultural heritage, Kentucky is the birthplace of American horse racing and home to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. While the cities of Lexington and Louisville experience the majority of the state's tourism, Kentucky is also a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts with its array of natural attractions, including the Cumberland Gap and the world's longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park. Take a tour through original Civil War battlefields to delve into the nation's history, or head to one of the many bourbon distilleries to learn more about Kentucky's most famous export.