10 days in Knoxville, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

10 days in Knoxville, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

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10 days in Knoxville, Nashville & Memphis Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  3 h 15 min
1
Knoxville
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Nashville
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Memphis
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Washington DC

4
nights
Knoxville

Knoxville ©
A gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville embraces music culture.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tennessee Homemade Wines and Fowler's Clay Works. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Roaring Fork. Get out of town with these interesting Knoxville side-trips: Pigeon Forge (Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Mill Bridge Winery, & more), Gatlinburg (Ole Smoky Whiskey Barrelhouse, Sugarlands Distilling Company, & more) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking, Mount LeConte, & more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Ijams Nature Center, admire the majestic nature at Big Ridge State Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy.

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Washington DC to Knoxville is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway, bus, and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Nashville.

Things to do in Knoxville

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Gatlinburg, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee Legend Distillery - Newport Hwy, Big Ridge State Park
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Sugarlands Distilling Company ©
Sugarlands Distilling Company
River Rafting & Tubing
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

3
nights
Nashville

Nashville ©
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe. There's still lots to do: see a show at Grand Ole Opry, see the interesting displays at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, witness the site of a historic battle at Lotz House Museum, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Nelson's Green Brier Distillery.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nashville trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Knoxville to Nashville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Knoxville to Nashville, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum ©
Downtown Nashville ©
Downtown Nashville

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): examine the collection at Graceland and then try to win big at Horseshoe Tunica. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Beale Street, appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio, and finally steep yourself in history at The Peabody Ducks.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Memphis holiday planner.

Getting from Nashville to Memphis by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in May, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Casinos

Side Trip

Horseshoe Tunica
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Horseshoe Tunica ©
Horseshoe Tunica

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