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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: 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: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, do a tasting at Mill Bridge Winery, see the interesting displays at Titanic Museum Attraction, and cruise along Newfound Gap Road.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Gatlinburg trip planner.

Atlanta to Gatlinburg is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, bus, and car. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Atlanta in March: high temperatures in Gatlinburg hover around 60°F and lows are around 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Louisville.
Theme Parks · 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): examine the collection at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, sample the fine beverages at Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co, then see the interesting displays at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle), and finally try to win big at Churchill Downs. Keep things going the next day: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then Head underground at Louisville Mega Cavern, and then stop by Art Eatables.

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You can drive from Gatlinburg to Louisville in 5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. Traveling from Gatlinburg in March, you will find days in Louisville are slightly colder (55°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, wander the streets of Downtown Nashville, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Smith Creek Moonshine. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, contemplate the long history of Lotz House Museum, then learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and finally examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nashville trip planner.

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, you will find days in Nashville are somewhat warmer (61°F), and nights are about the same (39°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can 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.
On the 26th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Graceland, steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and then make a trip to The Peabody Ducks. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Crystal Shrine Grotto, then get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street, and then steep yourself in history at National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Memphis trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) 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.
On the 28th (Tue), get up close to creatures of the deep with May River Excursions, hike along Hilton Head Island Bike Trails, then awaken your taste buds at Carolina Tasting Room, and finally look for gifts at Hilton Head Oils.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Hilton Head online vacation maker.

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 difference when traveling from Memphis to Hilton Head is 1 hour. Traveling from Memphis in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Hilton Head, with lows of 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car 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: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take an in-depth tour of Nathaniel Russell House, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and steep yourself in history at Charleston Fire Department, Station 2/3.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Charleston trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hilton Head to Charleston takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) 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.