Are you planning a trip to Tennessee? Are you a big fan of this stunning Southern state, looking for a chance to exercise your love of hot chicken or Nashville? Well, travelers, we have some hidden gems that will BLOW the overrated tourist traps out of the water. We’ve put ten below, so take a look!
10) Peabody Hotel Ducks - Memphis
The Peabody Hotel in Memphis is not only supposed to be verily haunted, but it's home to a bunch of domesticated ducks that wander through the main lobby and down the halls. Um, so weird? But so cool at the same time.
9)) Bald River Falls - Tellico Plains
Bald River Falls or Baby Falls right up the road are precisely the kind of places you want to go if you're looking to beat the crowds. Burgess and Cummins Falls can get a bit chummy, but these gorgeous spots off the beaten path are sure to make it in your scrapbook.
8) Bell Buckle
This tiny town is tucked way back in the heart of middle Tennessee, but it has a ton of character and the sweetest antique stores you ever did see. Make sure to stop by the Moon Pie + RC Cola Festival in June, if you have the chance. It's a hoot!
7) Big South Fork National Park
This gorgeous national park is usually sloughed off as people hurry in droves to the Great Smoky Mountains. If you're looking for a gorgeous view, great vacation and a lot of bang for your buck, then head to the national park even Tennesseans forget about. It's the solid nature folk that come here, y'all.
6) Jack Daniel's Distillery - Lynchburg
Unless you have your head buried under a rock, you most definitely knew that the Jack Daniel's Distillery is in Tennessee. But did you know you could take a tour of it?! Probably not. Which is why you need to grab your honey and take a tour, then get yourself a bunch of whiskey to take home. Because you're going to want to have a steady supply for the rest of your life - it's that dang good.
5) Market Square - Knoxville
4) Museum of Appalachia - Clinton
3) Nancy Ward Gravesite - Benton
A Cherokee priestess and prophetess, Nancy Ward, or, "Nanye' hi" was an influential and historical figure in her own right. Take a spin down to Benton and brush up on your Native American history. Tennessee has a lot of it, and unfortunately it's consistently overshadowed by the heavy effect of the Civil War.
East Tennessee sure knows how to bring it when it comes to darling towns and gorgeous views. Check out Townsend, small in size but big in character - and don't miss their July 4th celebration!
1) The Lost Sea - Sweetwater
With more than 5,000 caves, you've most likely heard about the amazing thing that Ol' Rocky Top has proven itself to be. Have you, however, heard that Tennessee boasts the biggest underwater lake in the United States? It's pretty much a huge deal. We know.
Dear Tennesseans: tell us some more, would you please? You’re the REAL Rocky Top enthusiasts, and we’re dying to know some hidden gems you wouldn’t mind sharing with the rest of the world. Tell us in the comments below!