8 days in Tennessee, Missouri & Arkansas 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.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 8th (Wed) at Dollywood. And it doesn't end there: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, take a memorable drive along Newfound Gap Road, and do a tasting at Tennessee Homemade Wines.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Gatlinburg holiday builder.

Lafayette to Gatlinburg is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Lafayette in February, things will get slightly colder in Gatlinburg: highs are around 52°F and lows about 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Nashville.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and finally sample the fine beverages at Smith Creek Moonshine.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nashville trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Nashville takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car, bus, and subway. The time zone difference when traveling from Gatlinburg to Nashville is minus 1 hour. In February, daytime highs in Nashville are 53°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Memphis.
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Memphis — 1 night

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 11th (Sat): make a trip to Beale Street, contemplate the long history of Sun Studio, and then see the interesting displays at Graceland.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Memphis trip planner.

Drive from Nashville to Memphis in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. February in Memphis sees daily highs of 55°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can fly to Branson.
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Branson — 2 nights

Live Entertainment Capital of the World

Nestled in Missouri's beautiful Ozark Mountains lies one of the country's most attractive vacation towns for year-round family entertainment.
On the 12th (Sun), get in on the family fun at Silver Dollar City. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): get great views at College of the Ozarks, pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, then get engrossed in the history at Titanic Museum, and finally find something for the whole family at Runaway Mountain Coaster.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Branson vacation planning site.

Traveling by flight from Memphis to Branson takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Memphis in February: high temperatures in Branson hover around 49°F and lows are around 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bentonville.
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Bentonville — 1 night

Primarily known as the home of Walmart’s corporate headquarters, Bentonville embodies small-town America.
On the 14th (Tue), stroll around Bentonville Town Square, take an in-depth tour of The Walmart Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Native American History, then trek along Slaughter Pen Hollow Multi-Use Trail System, and finally admire the masterpieces at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bentonville trip planner.

You can drive from Branson to Bentonville in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. February in Bentonville sees daily highs of 50°F and lows of 30°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) 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.

Missouri travel guide

Theaters · Performances · Specialty Museums
The Show-Me State
Acquired from France as part of the famous Louisiana Purchase, Missouri offers visitors equal amounts of urban and rural tourist attractions, with a good sprinkling of lush valleys and meandering back roads ideal for leisurely road trips. The state has a highly varied geography, ranging from the till plains in the north to the rolling Ozark Mountains in the south. The state sits at the intersection of North America's three greatest rivers, creating fertile plains known for supporting extensive farms and ranches. Now generally considered part of the country's Midwest, most people used to count Missouri among the southern states, primarily due to its status as a slave state before the Civil War.

Arkansas travel guide

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The Natural State
With a diverse geography including mountains in the north, dense broadleaf forests in the south, and fertile lowlands in the east, Arkansas is aptly nicknamed the "Natural State." Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourists, the state hides a world of little-known lakes and rivers. Arkansas also includes vast state parks, offering visitors on vacation outstanding camping facilities in the middle of pristine natural areas sheltering blue herons, warblers, and bald eagles. Often stereotyped as little more than poor hillbilly country, Arkansas boasts a surprisingly diverse array of cultural attractions, including numerous museums, theaters, and cutting-edge sports venues. To learn about the real culture of Arkansas, explore its outstanding cuisine, traditional festivals, and lively music scene.