Are you looking for a vacation right here in your home state? Or maybe you’re an out-of-towner, one that has heard of the wonder of Tennessee and you want to experience it for yourself? No matter where you fall on the spectrum, we have a magnificent vacation picked out JUST for you, right here on Ol’ Rocky Top. Care to take a gander?
One of the largest cities in the state, Chattanooga is a river town that's rife with outdoor activities and local hot spots. Head over to the Tennessee Aquarium or Lookout Mountain, take a tour of Ruby Falls or maybe head over to the zoo. No matter where the road takes you, there's simply no place better than this southern Tennessee gem.
This Williamson County hot spot has been named one of the best towns to live in for years. Why, you ask? The gorgeous downtown, sweet families and deep historic ties to the Civil War. You'll learn something AND fall in love with Tennessee hospitality.
8) Pigeon Forge
Dollywood, anyone? Nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, you can buy a ticket to the amusement park that pays homage to the famed Dolly Parton or rent a cabin for the weekend. The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show is always fun and you can't miss the Ole Smoky Distillery at The Island, all you adults. This place is a gold mine for families!
The Great Smoky Mountains are a huge draw, but so is the Gatlinburg Space Needle and Ober Gatlinburg. Come in the winter or the summer, bring some hiking boots and take advantage of all the city - and countryside - has to offer.
Head to the Eagle Springs Winery or Forbidden Caverns, learn about the Wheatlands Plantation and keep your camera handy. Grown ups and their mini me's will be able to have a great time. Have you made it out there just yet?
Knoxville isn't just the home of the Vols, a college town unlike any other. Come over for an infusion of classy southern culture and the laid back, effervescent atmosphere of this hip and happenin' university town.
Yes, yes - the biggest draw is the Jack Daniels Distillery. You can also tour the old jail, though, and take part in Frontier Days. It's a neat spot right off the beaten path that will for sure find a permanent spot in your scrapbook.
Music City has been listed as one of the top twenty-five tourist locations in the ENTIRE country. Yeah, you heard us. In the whole of the United States. Catch a hint of country twang on Broadway and make your way to the Ryman for a historic city experience with a modern edge.
6) Great Smoky Mountains
No town? Nope. Just the mountain range, as a whole, completely and totally. Find a road and take a hike, choose a trail and pack a lunch. East Tennessee is beautiful. Gorgeous. Absolutely wonderful. The perfect vacation spot and the best place to live - if you're lucky.
Memphis. You wonderful, beautiful West Tennessee city. It's too often cast to the side with Nashville glamour and East Tennessee beauty stealing the spotlight. Head on over to the adopted home of The King to take a tour of Graceland, visit the Civil Rights Museum and have some of the absolute best barbeque in the nation. Oh, didn't you know? Memphis defines Tennessee barbeque. Let the vacation begin!
Sound off, folks. What Tennessee vacations do you love? Do you have any suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!