You may hear about Memphis and Nashville more often, but it’s in the tiny Tennessee towns that you’ll find true character. We’ve pulled together EIGHT scattered across the state that have something neat to offer the world. Tennessee is the most neighborly state, and we’ve also got some of the most family-friendly vacation opportunities. Take a look, give it a share, plan a trip! We have the ideas right here.
8) Pigeon Forge - Titanic Museum
The Titanic replica and museum that's located in Pigeon Forge is one of the biggest draws for this town of six thousand. If you don't count Dollywood, of course. (History is better than rides, kids! Really!)
7) Paris - The Eiffel Tower
There's a lot going on with Paris - sure, we have the biggest cat fish fry in the country. But there's ALSO a sixty-foot tall replica of the Eiffel Tower. Which means if you go, you can tell everyone you've been to see it. Bragging rights, hey?
6) Lebanon - Wilson County Fair
Ask anyone in Tennessee where the best fair is located, and you'll hear, "Lebanon" over and over. It's one of the biggest out of our "small" town list, but they give you the perfect blend of small and quiet in an urban setting just outside of Nashville.
5) Franklin - Battle of Franklin Site
The site of one of the bloodiest battles in Tennessee, you can visit the Carnton Plantation - location of the biggest Confederate graveyard - or the Lotz House, where your tour guide will tell you histories straight back to the beginning.
4) Townsend - Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Townsend is nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, giving the peaceful town of 500 a place of sweet refuge within a land of beauty.
3) Dayton - Location of the Scopes Trial
Named after the well-known Dayton of Ohio, it's here in Tennessee that the well-known Scopes Trial went down in 1925. This tiny town of roughly 7000 managed to make it into quite a few history books!
2) Bell Buckle - RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival
The festival that takes place ever summer in this town of 500 is LEGENDARY. The whole town turns out for a Bedford County tradition, and the town founded in 1852 keeps on keepin' on through the millennium.
1) Tellico Plains - Cherokee National Forest
Home to the Cherokee National Forest, this is one gorgeous east Tennessee gem. You'll fin a ton of hikers, and the tiny town of Tellico Plains has the best view AND advice when it comes to their mountains.