60 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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Memphis
— 11 nights
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Nashville
— 17 nights
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Lynchburg
— 4 nights
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Chattanooga
— 12 nights
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Ducktown
— 2 nights
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Gatlinburg
— 13 nights
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Memphis — 11 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Shelby Farms Park. Take a break from the city and head to Natchez Trace Parkway and Lichterman Nature Center. Get out of town with these interesting Memphis side-trips: Forrest L Wood Crowley's Ridge Nature Center (in Jonesboro), Holly Springs (Kirkwood National Golf Club, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, &more) and Tupelo (The Mall at Barnes Crossing, Tupelo Automobile Museum, &more). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of The Orpheum Theatre, explore the different monuments and memorials at Elmwood Cemetery, look for all kinds of wild species at American Dream Safari, and contemplate the long history of Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Memphis online trip planner.

New York City to Memphis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Memphis due to the time zone difference. In July, daily temperatures in Memphis can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nashville.
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Nashville — 17 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.
Get outdoors at Centennial Park and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Nelson's Green Brier Distillery and Radnor Lake State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nashville: Old Glory Distilling Co. (in Clarksville) and Franklin (Balloon Rides & McGavock Confederate Cemetery). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Frist Art Museum, wander the streets of The District, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and snap pictures at John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Nashville trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Nashville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Nashville can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Lynchburg.
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Lynchburg — 4 nights

Lynchburg is a city in the south-central region of the U.S. state of Tennessee. Discover out-of-the-way places like Old Jail Museum and Nina's Taste of Tennessee. Take a break from Lynchburg with a short trip to Lyon Family Farms in Taft, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Lynchburg Winery, contemplate the long history of Moore County Courthouse, walk around Stone Bridge Park, and stroll the grounds of Lynchburg City Cemetery.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lynchburg trip planner.

You can drive from Nashville to Lynchburg in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Lynchburg sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 66°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chattanooga.
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Chattanooga — 12 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery and Bluff View Art District. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Moon Pie General Store and Hamilton Place Mall. There's much more to do: stroll around Tennessee Riverpark, take in nature's colorful creations at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and take in the history at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Chattanooga trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Lynchburg to Chattanooga in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Lynchburg to Chattanooga. In August in Chattanooga, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Ducktown.
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Ducktown — 2 nights

Ducktown is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Thunder Rock Recreation Area and then examine the collection at Ducktown Basin Museum.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Ducktown holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Ducktown takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Chattanooga in August, expect Ducktown to be a bit cooler, temps between 83°F and 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Gatlinburg.
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Gatlinburg — 13 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.
For shopping fun, head to Fowler's Clay Works or All Sauced Up. Explore hidden gems such as Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail and Hollywood Star Cars Museum. There's lots more to do: hike along Rainbow Falls Trail, take some stellar pictures from Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, and get in on the family fun at Ripley's Mountain Coaster.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ducktown to Gatlinburg takes 3 hours. Traveling from Ducktown in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 68°F in Gatlinburg. On the 29th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Tennessee travel guide

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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.
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