42 days in Tennessee Itinerary

42 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tennessee holiday planner
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Drive to Los Angeles International Airport, Fly to Memphis
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Memphis
— 7 nights
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Jackson
— 5 nights
Drive
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Chattanooga
— 7 nights
Drive
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Gatlinburg
— 8 nights
Drive
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Cookeville
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nashville
— 8 nights
Fly to Los Angeles International Airport, Drive to Ontario

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Memphis — 7 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Memphis: Collierville TN Historic District (in Collierville) and Mid South Military Museum (in Atoka). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Graceland, deepen your understanding at Stax Museum of American Soul Music, contemplate the long history of National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Memphis trip itinerary builder website.

Ontario to Memphis is an approximately 11-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. When traveling from Ontario in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Memphis: temperatures range from 73°F by day to 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jackson.
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Jackson — 5 nights

Jackson is the county seat of Madison County, Tennessee. Explore Jackson's surroundings by going to Ames Plantation (in Grand Junction), Brownsville (West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center & Tina Turner Museum @ Flagg Grove School) and The West Tennessee Agriculture Museum (in Milan). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Shiloh National Military Park, sample the fine beverages at Samuel T Bryant Distillery, see the interesting displays at Tennessee River Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at The Veterans' Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Jackson journey maker.

Traveling by car from Memphis to Jackson takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Jackson when traveling from Memphis in April, with lows around 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Chattanooga.
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Chattanooga — 7 nights

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chattanooga: University of the South (in Sewanee) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Ocoee). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Chattanooga National Cemetery, Head underground at Raccoon Mountain Caverns, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Chattanooga Whiskey Experimental Distillery, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Chattanooga online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jackson to Chattanooga takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Jackson to Chattanooga is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gatlinburg.
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Gatlinburg — 8 nights

Nestled in the lush, wooded forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is Tennessee’s premier mountain resort destination.
Change things up with these side-trips from Gatlinburg: River Rafting & Tubing (in Hartford), Helicopter Tours (in Sevierville) and Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Foothills Parkway Southwest Parking & Clingmans Dome). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, hike along Alum Cave Trail, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Gatlinburg trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Chattanooga to Gatlinburg takes 3 hours. May in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive to Cookeville.
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Cookeville — 6 nights

Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cookeville: Rock Island State Park (in Rock Island), Virgin Falls State Natural Area (in Sparta) and Model Railroad Exhibit by Crossville Model Railroad Club (in Crossville). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Tennessee Legend Distillery, take in the dramatic natural features at Twin Arches, look for all kinds of wild species at Burgess Falls State Park, and immerse yourself in nature at Stinging Fork Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Cookeville online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Gatlinburg to Cookeville takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gatlinburg to Cookeville due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Cookeville are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nashville.
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Nashville — 8 nights

Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nashville: Franklin (Carnton, David Arms, &more) and Chickasaw Trace County Park (in Columbia). There's much more to do: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe, and wander the streets of Downtown Nashville.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nashville trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Cookeville to Nashville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive 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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