9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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9 days in Tennessee Itinerary

Seattle
Fly:  7​h
Nashville
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
Memphis
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h
Seattle

2
days
Nashville

Nashville
Known as the capital of country music, the thriving city of Nashville combines old-world southern charm with a progressive urban flair.
Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Lotz House Museum, then examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and finally see the interesting displays at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nashville trip tool .

Seattle to Nashville is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Seattle to Nashville due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Seattle in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Nashville, with highs around 55°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lotz House Museum
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Lotz House Museum
Lotz House Museum
Grand Ole Opry ©
Grand Ole Opry

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get to know the fascinating history of Beale Street and then don't miss a visit to Graceland.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Memphis trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Nashville to Memphis takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Memphis sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 40°F at night. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites
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Graceland ©
Graceland
Sun Studio. ©
Sun Studio.
Beale Street
Beale Street

4
days
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park ©
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Popular historic sites such as Walker Sisters' Cabin and Little Greenbrier School are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Mount LeConte and Cades Cove. There's lots more to do: brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, identify plant and animal life at Roaring Fork, cruise along Newfound Gap Road, and trek along Charlies Bunion.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Smoky Mountains National Park vacation planner .

Getting from Memphis to Great Smoky Mountains National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Memphis to Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to the time zone difference. December in Great Smoky Mountains National Park sees daily highs of 54°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Gatlinburg
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Mount LeConte ©
Mount LeConte
Chimney Tops ©
Chimney Tops
Roaring Fork ©
Roaring Fork

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