Day 1: London - Memphis
Your Tennessee adventure begins, as you fly into your starting destination of Memphis today. Pick up your Alamo car rental on arrival and head towards the birthplace of Rock ’n’ Roll. You will easily see why Memphis is a much loved city of the South, from its musical background, to its historic roots and authentic southern dining; Memphis truly offers something for everyone. Stay 3 nights at Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel (or similar).
Day 2-3: Memphis
Visit the Rock ‘n’ Soul and Stax museums, paying homage to the music of Memphis, with special dedication to Isaac Hayes, Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin. Take a tour of Sun Studio where Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley recorded their hit records, then journey out to the King’s famed Graceland which houses his private jets and the Automobile Museum. Carry on your music odyssey down historic Beale Street, with its colourful collection of jazz and blues bars including BB King's and Rum Boogie Café. Then there’s the famous barbeque cooking that needs to be tried, from back-alley joints to renowned restaurants serving the tastiest ribs in the south, and historic sites including the National Civil Rights Museum – Memphis is a town full of surprises around every corner.
Day 4: Memphis – Jackson – Nashville (approx. 214 miles)
Leave behind the soulful R&B sounds of Memphis and head towards the ‘Music City’ beats of Nashville. Make a stop midway along your journey in Jackson, a town where the blues is the lifeblood of the town. Pay a visit to the Old Country Store at Casey Jones Village for lunch, where you can re-live a bygone era of the steam trains and railroads and enjoy a southern style lunch before driving on to Nashville. Stay 3 nights at the Hotel Indigo Nashville, (or similar).
Day 5-6: Nashville
By day, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where you can find Elvis’ Gold Cadillac; browse through vintage record stores and guitar shops; see the historic Ryman Auditorium and check out the newly opened Johnny Cash Museum. By night, visit the Grand Ole Opry for live music performances whilst enjoying a Goo Goo Cluster, a local delicacy; take a cabaret dinner cruise aboard the General Jackson Showboat or be lured by the sounds of the many honky-tonk bars along Lower Broadway. A great side trip option is to head down to Lynchburg, to take a tour around the world famous Jack Daniel’s Distillery and learn first-hand the whiskey-making process that gives Jack Daniels its mellow taste.
Day 7: Nashville – Oak Ridge – Norris – Knoxville (approx. 203 miles)
It’s time to head out towards east Tennessee to Knoxville. Take time to visit the ‘secret city’ of Oak Ridge with its Science & Energy Museum, then on to Museum of Appalachia in Norris before arriving in Knoxville. Located on the banks of the Tennessee River and in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, this southern gem is known for its culture, arts, championship sports, entertainment and southern hospitality. Stay 2 nights at the Four Points by Sheraton Knoxville Cumberland House Hotel (or similar).
Day 8: Knoxville
Even in Knoxville you will find a vibrant music scene with regular live performances that showcase the various genres of sounds from rock to bluegrass. Head to the lively Downtown area which hums with activity every day, key places to visit, include Market Square District, Old City and Volunteer Landing, the location for the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. You can find year-round concerts, festivals, world-class entertainment and cultural attractions along these streets. Be sure to stop by Sunsphere, the iconic symbol of Knoxville which is great for photo opportunities of the city skyline.
Day 9: Knoxville – Blue Ridge Parkway – Asheville (approx. 142 miles)
The beautiful Cherokee National Forest awaits today before crossing the state line to join the famous Blue Ridge Parkway into North Carolina, as you take a leisurely drive along one of America’s finest and most scenic roads, offering stunning views over the leafy forests and mountains. The day will end at the eclectic town of Asheville, famous for its top-notch dining scene, local breweries and the prestigious Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home. Stay 1 night at the Holiday Inn & Suites Asheville Downtown (or similar).
Day 10: Asheville – Gatlinburg – Sevierville (approx. 100 miles)
Continue to the end spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, named by the local Cherokee Indians as the ‘Place of Blue Smoke’. Ancient and often shrouded in mist and mystery, the forests and hills provide a true escape back into nature. Pass through Gatlinburg as you head towards Sevierville. Stay 2 nights at the Hampton Inn Seierville (or similar).
Day 11: Sevierville/Pigeon Forge
Wake up in the town where Dolly Parton was born and raised and claimed to fame. Set at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, explore the natural wonders of Dolly’s ‘mountain home’, with breathtaking scenery plenty of outdoor pursuits, and shopping bargains to find at Tanger Five Oaks, Tennessee’s largest outlet mall. Close by at Pigeon Forge lies Dollywood, the celebrated country music and entertainment theme park, where hours of fun can be spent trying out the rides, seeing award-winning stage shows and discovering the local Appalachian arts and crafts and restaurants.
Day 12: Sevierville – Chattanooga (approx. 140 miles)
Drive along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains as you make your way to your final Tennessee destination of Chattanooga, one of America’s greenest cities and immortalised by the classic song ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’. Stay 2 nights at the Chattanooga Marriott Downtown (or similar).
Day 13: Chattanooga
A newly revitalised riverfront town, Chattanooga prides itself on its environmentally friendly living, with a variety of city and outdoor activities to entice any visitor. Ride the free electric shuttle to explore the historic downtown area; have a drink at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Terminal Station Complex & Hotel, which was featured in the hit song; visit the Tennessee Aquarium on the riverfront and the Delta Queen Steamboat, now permanently docked at the Northshore; spend time on Lookout Mountain, or have a go on the new treetop obstacle course at Ruby Falls. Your visit to Chattanooga can be as relaxed or active as you wish.
Day 14: Chattanooga – Atlanta – London
There’s time for last minute shopping at Warehouse Row to pick up mementoes of your Tennessee adventure before driving south to Atlanta Airport where you will drop off your car rental and take your overnight flight back to London.
Included in your Fly Drive Holiday
- Hotel accommodation
- Economy flights
- Airport taxes, fuel & duty
- Car rental where stated
- Any applicable offers
Not included: Airport transfers, car hire one-way drop off fees, meals, sightseeing & personal expenses.
Flights from regional UK airports available
Remember, we can tailor-make your holiday to suit your needs, contact our travel experts today, call us on 0208 290 9751.