9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Nashville
— 2 nights
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Ocoee
— 1 night
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 2 nights
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Knoxville
— 1 night

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Nashville

Nashville ©

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.
Kids will enjoy Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill). Explore Nashville's surroundings by going to McLemore House (in Franklin) and Lost River Cave (in Bowling Green). The adventure continues: catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and browse the exhibits of Lotz House Museum.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nashville online trip planner.

Chicago to Nashville is an approximately 8-hour car ride. You can also fly; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in August: highs in Nashville hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ocoee.

Things to do in Nashville

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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill) ©
The Escape Game Nashville (Berry Hill)
Lost River Cave ©
Lost River Cave

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Ocoee

On the 11th (Tue), explore the activities along Ocoee Outdoors, Inc. and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ocoee trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nashville to Ocoee takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In August in Ocoee, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 66°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Ocoee

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Nature
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River Rafting & Tubing

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): walk around Chimneys Picnic Area, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Clingmans Dome, admire the sheer force of Laurel Falls, and then explore and take pictures at Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Great Smoky Mountains National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ocoee to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In August, daytime highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Chimneys Picnic Area ©
Chimneys Picnic Area
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork
Clingmans Dome ©
Clingmans Dome

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Gatlinburg

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then stroll around Freenotes Harmony Park. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and then find something for the whole family at Dollywood.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Gatlinburg tour site.

Gatlinburg is just a stone's throw from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. August in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Outdoors · Theme Parks · Adventure · Tours

Side Trips

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River Rafting & Tubing
Dollywood ©
Dollywood
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ©
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

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Knoxville

Knoxville ©

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): make a trip to Market Square, then take in the pleasant sights at Strong Alley (Graffiti Alley), then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zoo Knoxville, and finally stop by Smoky Mountain Knife Works.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Knoxville trip planner.

Getting from Gatlinburg to Knoxville by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August in Knoxville, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Knoxville

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Shopping · Museums

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Zoo Knoxville ©
Zoo Knoxville
Smoky Mountain Knife Works ©
Smoky Mountain Knife Works
Market Square ©
Market Square

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