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8 days in Tennessee Itinerary

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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.
On the 22nd (Wed), examine the collection at Graceland and then steep yourself in history at Sun Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Beale Street and then appreciate the history behind National Civil Rights Museum - Lorraine Motel.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Memphis trip planner.

Newark to Memphis is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Memphis is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Newark, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Memphis, ranging from highs of 55°F to lows of 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Nashville.

Things to do in Memphis

Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
On the 24th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Belle Meade Historic Site & Winery, then catch a live performance at Grand Ole Opry, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Gaylord Opryland Resort Gardens. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, examine the collection at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and then examine the collection at The Johnny Cash Museum & Cafe.

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Drive from Memphis to Nashville in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. December in Nashville sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Gatlinburg.

Things to do in Nashville

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Breweries & Distilleries
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gatlinburg: Sevierville (Sevier Distilling Company & Helicopter Tours). The adventure continues: sample the fine beverages at Sugarlands Distilling Company, learn about winemaking at Tennessee Homemade Wines, find something for the whole family at The Island in Pigeon Forge, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies.

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You can drive from Nashville to Gatlinburg in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus, subway, and car. Traveling from Nashville to Gatlinburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. December in Gatlinburg sees daily highs of 53°F and lows of 36°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Gatlinburg

Breweries & Distilleries · Theme Parks · Wineries · Museums

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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.