I love Nashville, and all of Middle Tennessee really, but sometimes you just need to get away from your hometown for a while. Whether its just for a weekend, or a full on vacation, Nashville’s 3 interstates make it easy to take a short road trip to quite a few wonderful places. Here are our top 10 road trips from Nashville. Please note: This post may contain affiliate links.

10 Best Road Trips from Nashville

Knoxville, Tennessee

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Knoxville is one of my favorite road trips from Nashville. Once the site of a World’s Fair, Knoxville is now home to a vibrant downtown.  Many of the best attractions are within walking distance.  This hidden gem in East Tennessee is full of surprises.


Driving Time: 3 Hours


Where to Stay:

1. The Oliver Hotel

2. Hilton Knoxville

3. Crowne Plaza Knoxville

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What to Do:  

1. Tennessee Theater

2. World’s Fair Park

3. University of Tennessee Football

Where to Eat:  

1. Copper Cellar

2. Calhoun’s on the River

3. Stock & Barrel


More Information: Visit Knoxville


Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is famous for its influence on blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and soul music.  It was also home to Elvis Presley, and a center point for the Civil Rights movement. The rich history and bustling present of this city will provide something of interest for everybody.

Memphis Road Trip From Nashville


Driving Time: 3 Hours


Where to Stay:

1. Peabody Hotel – Don’t miss the Ducks

2. Madison Hotel

3. River Inn of Harbor Town

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What to Do:  

1. National Civil Rights Museum

2. Graceland

3. Beale Street


Where to Eat:  

1. Charlie Vergo’s Rendezvous

2. Gus’s Fried Chicken

3. Folk’s Folly


More Information: Memphis

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga is  one of the South’s top travel destinations.  Its blend of modernity and amazing outdoor recreation makes Chattanooga a unique spot for anyone to visit.  Mountain biking, Civil War history, and family entertainment, Chattanooga has it all. At around a 2 hour drive, it is one of the most fun filled road trips from Nashville.

Chattanooga Road Trips From Nashville

Driving Time: 2 Hours


Where to Stay:

1. Chattanooga Choo Choo

2. The Crash Pad

3. The Chattanoogan

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What to Do:  

1. Rock City

2. Tennessee Aquarium

3. Ruby Falls



Where to Eat:  

1. Bluegrass Grill

2. Maple Street Biscuit Company

3. Community Pie


More Information: Chattanooga

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is one of Tennessee’s premier tourist destinations. It is seated at the entrance to the most visited National Parks, has a bustling nightlife, and an amazing arts and crafts district.  You can not go wrong visiting this place.

Gatlinburg Road Trip from Nashville


Driving Time: 4 Hours


Where to Stay:

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2. The Park Vista

3. Baymont Inn & Suites Gatlinburg



What to Do:  

1. Great Smoky Mountain National Park – Don’t miss Cades Cove

2. Wild WaterDome

3.Ober Gatlinburg



Where to Eat:  

1. Cherokee Grill & Steakhouse

2. Log Cabin Pancake House

3. Smoky Mountain Trout House


More Information: Gatlinburg

Atlanta, Georgia


Atlanta is the heart of the South. It is one of the most visited cities in the Southeast for a good reason. A thriving arts community, great attractions, and friendly people all combine to make Atlanta a great road trip from Nashville.

Atlanta Road Trip Out of Nashville

Driving Time: 4 Hours


Where to Stay:

1. Four Seasons

2. The Ellis

3. The Westin Peachtree Plaza

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What to Do:  

1. Six Flags Over Georgia

2. Underground Atlanta

3. Professional Sports : Braves Hawks Falcons



Where to Eat:  

1. McKendrick’s Steakhouse

2. Sun in My Belly

3. Rumi’s Kitchen


More Information: Atlanta

Louisville, Kentucky

Horse racing, Baseball Bats, and Bourbon; Louisville is an amazing city. This transforming city is growing fast and has been named one of the “Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South” by Southern Living Magazine. Lots of amazing attractions await you in this fun city!

Louisville Short Trip From Nashville


Driving Time: 3 Hours


Where to Stay:

1. 21C Museum Hotel

2. Hilton Garden Inn

3. Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast

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What to Do:  

1. Churchill Downs

2. Urban Bourbon Trail

3. Louisville Slugger Museum & Bat Factory



Where to Eat:  

1. August Moon Bistro

2. Bluegrass Brewing Company

3. Mayan Cafe


More Information:  Louisville


Huntsville, Alabama

Rocket City, Huntsville, Alabama, is situated at the foot of a mountain in Northern Alabama.  It is rich with history from the Civil War all the way up to the Space Race. Huntsville is a quiet city with a bevy of unique offerings for everyone in the family making it the perfect weekend getaway.

Huntsville Nashville Road Trip

Driving Time: 2 Hours


Where to Stay:

1. Four Points by Sheraton

2. Dogwood Manor Bed & Breakfast

3. Embassy Suites

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What to Do:  

1. Space and Rocket Center

2. Botanical Gardens

3. Monte Sano State Park



Where to Eat:  

1. 1892 East

2. A.M. Booth’s Lumberyard

3. Mezza Luna


More Information: Hunstville 


St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis may be the Gateway to the West, but it is also home to a lot of remarkable attractions. St. Louis is home to a diverse mix of Art, Theater, Sports, History, and Entertainment.

St. Louis Road Trip Nashville

Driving Time: 5 Hours


Where to Stay:

1. Moonrise Hotel

2. Magnolia Hotel

3. Drury Plaza

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What to Do:  

1. Gateway Arch

2. St. Louis Zoo

3. Anheuser-Busch Brewery



Where to Eat:  

1. Blues City Deli

2. Mango Peruvian Cuisine

3. The Schlafly Taproom


More Information: Explore St. Louis


Destin, Florida

Known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”, Destin is situated in Northwest Florida. A part of the Emerald Coast Destin’s beaches are beautiful.  The white sands, fantastic fishing, and diverse recreation puts Destin high on the list of vacation destinations on the Gulf Coast. Destin is one of the closest beaches to Nashville making it the perfect getaway for a long weekend!

Destin Nashville Road Trip

Driving Time: 7 Hours


Where to Stay:

1. Sandestin Beach Resort

2. Henderson Park Inn

3. Holiday Beach Resort

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What to Do:  

1. Lay on the beach!!!!!

2. Go Fishing

3. Scuba Dive



Where to Eat:  

1. McGuire’s Irish Pub

2. The Back Porch

3. Harbor Docks


More Information: Destin

Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is thriving mountain city with a unique downtown. Over 30 Art Galleries, a thriving food scene, and a robust live music scene make this town an amazing vacation spot. When you add the scenery of the Appalachian Mountains you get a winning combination that make it one of our favorite road trips from Nashville.

Asheville Road Trips from Nashville

Driving Time: 5 Hours


Where to Stay:

1. Hotel Indigo

2. Holiday Inn Asheville Biltmore West

3. Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate

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What to Do:  

1. Visit Biltmore Estate

2. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway

3. Check out the Craft Beer Scene


Where to Eat:  

1. Social Lounge

2. Buffalo Nickel

3. Tupelo Honey


More Information: Explore Asheville


So, these are our 10 favorite road trips from Nashville. Obviously each of these cities has much more to offer than what we listed.  Be sure to get out and explore them and let us know what you find!  Where is your favorite road trip out of Nashville?

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