11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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11 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Start: Newark
Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Memphis
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Nashville
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Chattanooga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Gatlinburg
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Newark

2
nights
Memphis

Memphis ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Stax Museum of American Soul Music and The Delta Blues Museum. Take a break from Memphis with a short trip to Rowan Oak in Oxford, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Elmwood Cemetery, walk around Shelby Farms Park, try to win big at Southland Park Gaming and Racing, and admire the masterpieces at Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Memphis sightseeing website .

Newark to Memphis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Newark to Memphis. When traveling from Newark in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Memphis: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Rowan Oak, Southland Park Gaming and Racing, The Delta Blues Museum
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music ©
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art ©
Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art
Elmwood Cemetery ©
Elmwood Cemetery

2
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Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Upper Room, steep yourself in history at Cannonsburgh Village, then stroll the grounds of Stones River National Cemetery, and finally experience rural life at Walden Pumpkin Farm. Keep things going the next day: walk around Shelby Bottoms Greenway, then get your game on at BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League, and then stroll around Riverfront Park.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. In November, daytime highs in Nashville are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Chattanooga.

Things to do in Nashville

Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Murfreesboro, Walden Pumpkin Farm
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BATL - The Backyard Axe Throwing League ©
Riverfront Park ©
Riverfront Park
Cannonsburgh  Village ©
Cannonsburgh Village

1
night
Chattanooga

Chattanooga ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Rock City Gardens, then witness the site of a historic battle at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, then have some family-friendly fun at Escape Mission Chattanooga, and finally sample the fine beverages at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Chattanooga trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nashville to Chattanooga by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Nashville to Chattanooga due to the time zone difference. November in Chattanooga sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Chattanooga

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rock City Gardens, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
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Rock City Gardens ©
Rock City Gardens

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Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg ©
Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Explore hidden gems such as Newfound Gap Road and Room Escape Games. Change things up with a short trip to Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard in Hendersonville (about 1h 55 min away). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteside Mountain, take in the exciting artwork at Paul Murray Gallery, hike along Gatlinburg Trail, and get in on the family fun at Rowdy Bear Mountain.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg road trip planning app .

You can drive from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg in 3 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 39°F. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Whiteside Mountain, Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard
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Newfound Gap Road ©
Newfound Gap Road
Whiteside Mountain ©
Whiteside Mountain
Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard ©
Stepp's Hillcrest Orchard

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