Tennessee may be known for back roads and country songs, but ‘ol Rocky Top has a lot more to offer than the twang of a guitar. Don’t let yourself get caught up in Music City or Beale Street, shut off the Titans football game (just for now, don’t worry) and head out for an adventure with one of these twelve awesome – and often overlooked – ideas. You can have our legendary hot chicken later.
12) Ski the Slopes
Gatlinburg is a winter wonderland when it comes to those in love with the ski slopes. Ober Gatlinburg is wildly popular over the winter months, providing the perfect getaway for Christmas and New Years. Rent a cabin and grab the fam for a trip to the Great Smokey Mountains you'll never forget.
From rivers to lakes to stunning mountain vistas, Tennessee has some of the most beautiful natural scenery you could lay your eyes on - but have you ever thought of seeing it from the sky? Jumping out of a plane may not be your cup of tea, but if it is we know exactly where you drink it. Er..where you should jump FROM said plane. With the many different jump sites, you can choose from east to west to the middle of the state for views that suit your high flying dreams.
10) Rock Climb
It ain't called, 'Ol Rocky Top' for nothin'. The state proffers a landmine of places for you rock climb, whether outside or in one of the many new climbing gyms in Memphis, Chattanooga, Nashville and Knoxville - to name a scant few.
9) Kayak Chattanooga
Chattanooga is the absolute dream when it comes to outdoor sports. The river city gives you the opportunity to kayak in groups or rent one for a day on the water by yourself.
8) Take a Run
If you're a runner, then you won't want to miss the Music City Marathon. Taking place the last Saturday in April, this massive run offers live music to keep you motivated and hills to test your stamina. There are half-marathon options available, as well.
7) Cruise the River
The Andrew Jackson makes its home on the outskirts of downtown Nashville, on the Cumberland River. You can take a dinner cruise and chat the night away on your lovers arm. With the lights of the city flickering above you, there's no better night.
6) Whitewater Raft
Rafting the rivers is hugely popular to Tennesseans in the summertime. With options to crash your way down the Smokies or straight through the middle of the state, you can get the adrenaline rush you're craving real quick.
5) Find Inner Peace
Okay, okay - you may not think 'yoga' when Tennessee comes to mind. But with fantastic studios popping up all over the state, you don't want to miss out on the neat options that are now available to you. Take a look at the studio website for newcomer deals and subscription prices.
4) Scream Down a Roller Coaster
This may not be Florida, but Dollywood will give you a day on the coasters that'll be for the books. Only open during a pre-determined schedule, you won't want to miss the adventures that this East Tennessee gem has to offer.
3) Scuba Diving?!
Yeah, we said it: SCUBA DIVING. In Tennessee. In a lake. Because there are fish there too, and they're just as fantastically exciting as those in the ocean. You can hit up the Cherokee Lake Reservoir or Coolidge Park for memories that will last a lifetime.
The zipline in the Smokey Mountains is one of the most popular attractions for out of state visitors. Tourists and locals alike will be able to find common ground zipping through through the crisp mountain air. Check out Pigeon Forge Canopy Tours for the top spot.
The state of Tennessee is rife with an underground world of caves and caverns. Rocky Top offers you the chance to delve into the deep with spelunking classes that range from beginner to advanced.
The Volunteer State has a couple of secrets up its sleeve for sure. Scuba diving? Really?! We bet you’ve found something new for your bucket list, let us know what it is in the comments below! We’d love to hear.