Itinerary – Musical Cities & Mountain Roads
Memphis, Nashville and the Mountains of Southeast Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Regional Experiences Memphis | Nashville | Chattanooga | Asheville

About this itinerary

Driving distance: 581 Miles
Recommended travelling time: 12 Nights
Recommended travel season: Spring, Summer, or Fall
Visit the music capitals of Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee, where historic studios, music museums and live performances may inspire you to dance or sing along. Then retreat to the mountain towns of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Asheville, North Carolina. Classic attractions, scenic drives, breath-taking mountain vistas and craft beer await.

Memphis, Tennessee


In this pilgrimage city for music-lovers, tour Sun Studio to stand where Blues and Rock legends such as B.B. King and Elvis Presley recorded some of their earliest hits. View memorabilia at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, from artists like Otis Redding. For a sampling of Memphis' contemporary sounds, walk Beale Street, with live music and smoky barbecues with local specialties such as dry-rubbed ribs.
To next stop: 212 miles| Total distance travelled: 0 miles


Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee's music story continues in Nashville. At the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, recordings, touch screens and memorabilia trace Country music from its roots to the present. The Grand Ole Opry is the place to see today's Country music stars perform. Hungry? Find a 'meat-and-three' restaurant, where you'll select one meat and three side dishes from a list of homespun choices.
To next stop: 133 miles | Total distance travelled: 212 miles

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Lookout Mountain is a trio of Chattanooga attractions: Rock City and its panoramic view of seven states; Ruby Falls, home to an underground waterfall; and the Incline Railway, a brief but thrillingly steep ride. Stroll from a butterfly garden to a lemur forest at the Tennessee Aquarium, or consider visiting the Hunter Museum of American Art. Incredibly designed, it offers artwork from the colonial period to Andy Warhol's pop movement.
To next stop: 226 miles | Total distance travelled: 355 miles

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is headquarters for the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the USA's most scenic drives. Follow it to find spectacular mountain views and many outdoor activities. The Parkway connects Asheville attractions including the Biltmore Estate, a 250-room French Renaissance-style chateau, and the Folk Art Center. Asheville's city centre is ideal for food-and-beverage culture. Locally owned cafés are tucked between galleries and craft breweries, sample more than 100 brews on tap. Fly back from nearby Charlotte to the UK.
Total distance travelled: 581 miles

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