13 days in Tennessee, Kentucky & South Carolina Itinerary

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Gatlinburg — 2 nights

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.
Explore Gatlinburg's surroundings by going to Clingmans Dome (in Great Smoky Mountains National Park) and Sevierville (Tennessee Legend Distillery - Winfield Dunn Parkway & Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy). There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, learn about winemaking at Mill Bridge Winery, examine the collection at Titanic Museum Attraction, and take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road.

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Atlanta to Gatlinburg is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, and car. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Atlanta in February, with highs in Gatlinburg at 52°F and lows at 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive to Louisville.
Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries
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Louisville — 2 nights

Derby City

Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, is best known as the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, then examine the collection at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and finally try to win big at Churchill Downs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): gain some tasty knowledge on a distillery tour, then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, and then look for gifts at Art Eatables.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Louisville road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Louisville takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. Traveling from Gatlinburg in March, you will find days in Louisville are a bit cooler (55°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nashville.
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Nashville — 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, stop by Downtown Nashville, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Smith Creek Moonshine. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, then contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, then sample some tasty brews at a beer tour and tasting, and finally get engrossed in the history at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nashville trip planning site.

Getting from Louisville to Nashville by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Louisville to Nashville due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Louisville in March, expect nights in Nashville to be about the same, around 39°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Memphis.
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Memphis — 2 nights

Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Graceland, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and then steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Crystal Shrine Grotto, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street, and then contemplate the long history of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

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Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. March in Memphis sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Hilton Head.
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Hilton Head — 1 night

A Hilton Head vacation may be heaven for a golfer, but the area also offers all kinds of other options for sports fans.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through May River Excursions, then trek along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, then indulge your senses at Carolina Tasting Room, and finally look for gifts at Hilton Head Oils.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hilton Head road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Hilton Head takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Memphis in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 50°F in Hilton Head. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Charleston.
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Charleston — 3 nights

Many visitors describe their Charleston holiday as a warm embrace by an old, dear friend--who lived about 200 years ago.
Charleston is known for parks, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and contemplate the long history of Nathaniel Russell House.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Charleston road trip planning website.

You can drive from Hilton Head to Charleston in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Charleston are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Tennessee travel guide

Distilleries · Specialty Museums · Historic Sites
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.

Kentucky travel guide

Caves · Distilleries · Specialty Museums
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.

South Carolina travel guide

The Palmetto State
Composed of five distinct geographic regions with boundaries roughly parallel to the Atlantic coastline, South Carolina embraces rich history, scenic beauty, and outstanding cuisine. Originally established as a slave society dependent on the cultivation of rice and indigo, the state now boasts a diverse economy that includes massive production of textile goods, chemical products, machinery, and automobiles. Widely regarded as the beginning of the Deep South, the state remains a deeply conservative part of the country, fervently clinging to its religious and cultural traditions. South Carolinians are kind and open hosts to those who vacation here, eager to share the wealth of their cultural heritage with curious visitors. With many remarkable places to visit like Charleston and Hilton Head, your itinerary here is sure to be diverse and full of scenic attractions.