9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee trip planner

Make it your trip
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Nashville
— 1 night
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive
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Knoxville
— 3 nights
Bus
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
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Nashville

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and then see a show at Grand Ole Opry. On the next day, examine the collection at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, then witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, then contemplate the long history of Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Downtown Presbyterian Church.

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Chicago to Nashville is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In March, Nashville is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 61°F and lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Side Trip

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): observe the fascinating underwater world at Tennessee Aquarium, explore the fascinating underground world of Raccoon Mountain Caverns, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ruby Falls.

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You can drive from Nashville to Chattanooga in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga is 1 hour. March in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Knoxville.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Knoxville

— 3 nights

Marble City

A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Knoxville: Rocking Chair Farm (in Corryton), Bald River Falls (in Tellico Plains) and Helicopter Tours (in Sevierville). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Fort Loudoun State Park, make a trip to Market Square, get engrossed in the history at East Tennesse Historical Society, and identify plant and animal life at Ijams Nature Center.

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Getting from Chattanooga to Knoxville by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in March, and nighttime lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can catch the bus to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

— 3 nights

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.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for wildlife, nature, and trails. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: cruise along Little River Road, hike along Alum Cave Trail, identify plant and animal life at Cades Cove, and stroll through Chimney Tops Trail.

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Traveling by bus from Knoxville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park takes 2 hours. March in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Scenic Drive

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.