My Tennessee Traveling Adventure celebrates life in the great state of Tennessee. The travel plan transports you to three different cities which are all relatively close to each other. You'll start on the banks of the Mississippi River, visiting the high-energy town of Memphis, Tennessee. Experience a wide array of music, everything from country and jazz to rock and hip hop, then grab some down-home country cooking. From there you'll travel east to your next destination, Nashville. The city has become a hot spot over the past decade for couples, friends and families. Here you can grab famous Nashville hot chicken while listening to world-class country music at the Grand Ole Opry. The final destination will take you to one of two cities, either Dollywood or Gatlinburg. For thrill seekers, you can end your trip riding roller coasters in Dollywood. You can enjoy grabbing some fair food (or upscale dining if you’re in the mood), catch a show or get crafty with the kids. Alternatively, you can opt for rest and relaxation in the mountains of Gatlinburg. While the City of Gatlinburg itself is very touristy (providing a lot of activities for couples or families), you’ll be surrounded by the lush green vegetation of Smoky Mountains National Park. Take a scenic stroll along a river to a waterfall, ride a gondola to get a bird’s eye view of the Appalachian mountains or stop to feed black bears.
This is not a plan that I am selling, but a post to inspire you to explore different vacation options. With that being said, you can take this idea and adjust it to fit your needs, maybe by cutting nights or even destinations. I list the pricing after tax (except on some transport), and the prices are for July, during the peak travel time. The trip is calculated for a family of four, but I do list what a couple should expect at the bottom. So let's get started. Below are a couple maps of the trip and total cost:
As far as transportation goes, I have another open jaw flight for this adventure, were you will be flying into Memphis and out of Knoxville. I am allocating $350 per person for this flight, but as usual, you have miles or can find cheaper flight options then or if you are driving from a nearby city, then obviously you can take away this fee. As far as mode of transportation, I have built in the cost of a car rental for the duration of the trip. This will be the best option for you, as it will take you to different restaurants and attractions around each city.
For accommodations, I wanted to offer selections that put you in the middle of all the action.
In Memphis, I tried to keep around the center of the city. This will allow for easy access to explore the area. I had to include The Peabody Hotel because it is an iconic hotel in the City and worth considering. The the Hampton and La Quinta are great value options that have indoor pools and free breakfasts.
For Nashville, I love the Omni near Honky Tonk Row and the pedestrian bridge to the Titans stadium. I just loved walking into the lobby of the hotel, it felt so grand, and my kids thought it was very impressive. I also wanted to give the option of next to the Grand Ole Opry, which is the Gaylord Opryland Resort. The huge hotel is really cool. The large outdoor pool area is a perfect place to enjoy the summer weather and the indoor space looks like a small village.
For the final stop, I've listed one option in Gatlinburg and Dollywood, which are about the same price, and then added a value option which is located right in the city of Gatlinburg.
Itinerary and Activities
For activities there's a lot of different options along the way. As always, the activities listed in the itinerary are all included in the budget. This is a generous budget that includes phenomenal experiences like exploring the Mississippi River in Memphis, watching a show at the Grand Ole Opry and tickets to Dollywood (Dollywood tickets translates to the same cost as the three activities listed for Gatlinburg.)
For meals I am allocating $120 per day on average. Most likely you’ll spend that in Nashville, then more in Memphis and less in Dollywood/Gatlinburg. Don’t forget you can also reduce your food budget by stopping at a grocery store for breakfast and lunch items. For example, you can pick up ingredients to make sandwiches to set yourself up for a memorable picnic.
For couples, I've adjusted the amount spent on the flight, the activities, the food and the room rate. If you were to go, the prices would be similar to the chart below.
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