Tennessee is known for its reams of exciting things to do and see and explore – but what about the neat day trips that just slip through the cracks? Yes, you can hike the through the Great Smoky Mountains a million times over, but how many of these TWELVE things have you checked off your bucket list? We’re curious. Because we’re pretty sure the number isn’t 12…
12. There's no place in Tennessee like
this crazy store.
The Bass Pro Shop in Memphis is one of the most well-known landmarks in West Tennessee, where you can shop to your heart's content or visit their restaurant or stay the night. Why not? It's worth a day trip!
11. Explore this
horrifying haunted house.
There's nothing like an eerie ghost story, and East Tennessee tells them well. Visit Frightmare Manor for a trip into the unknown, and an entirely new way to look at our great state history. It's an adventure of a lifetime.
10. Try out our authentic
true crime museum.
Alcatraz East is the kind of museum that your kids beg you to visit, over and over again. Learn about the history of the Tennessee penal system and the darker story behind our country's most heinous crimes. Criminal history has never looked so good.
9. Take a hike to this
Elkmont is set to be demolished by May, so you may want to make the hike sooner rather than later.
8. Visit a
local salt cave.
Visit for internal healing and a deep feeling of rest and peace. Restoration is key, and we've found the perfect place for you to set things right again.
Banana pudding, anyone?
Centerville LOVES their banana pudding, and you will too! The National Banana Pudding Festival will run from October 7th to October 8th, 2017, so you have time to figure out the recipe you want to submit to their pudding contest...
6. Enjoy a meal at the most
whimsical Tennessee restaurant.
The Treehouse in East Nashville is a fun place to visit, and you can even reserve the actual 'treehouse' on the property for special events. It's a darling place, perfect for the child in all of us.
epic bbq trail is a great way to travel the state.
Visit some of the top bbq spots in Tennessee on our trail perfect for foodies. You'll run from one side of the state to the other, enjoying stops and treats along the way. Did your favorite down-home eatery make the list?
Head out on a zipline at Adventure Park Ziplines, a premier spot for folks who are looking for an adrenaline rush. Super safe and perfect for a day trip, you don't want to let the warm weather slip through your fingers without a trip.
3. These famous restaurants
are worth it.
There's a whole lot of tourist traps spread across the state, but we waded through all of them to find you the best restaurants across the state that live up to their legendary reputations.
2. Visit a
Yes, you heard us right. A cheese farm. Sweetwater Valley Farm is a great place to visit with the kids, to get a hands-on experience regarding dairy farm work. It's great for field trips, too!
1. Visit one of the most
overlooked towns in the state.
Sewanee deserves a bit more credit, especially since it's located in one of the most beautiful pockets of Tennessee wilderness.