Tennessee January 01, 2017
12 Unforgettable Road Trips To Take In Tennessee Before You Die
Here at OnlyInYourState, we love a good road trip – which is why we’ve sent so many of YOU on them over the past couple of years. Since it’s about to be 2017 and all, we’ve pulled together 12 of our most popular for you to take a look at before your next adventure. Whether you’re looking for some decadent places to eat or a spot to scare your socks off, we’ve got the best place for you. Ready to find a new favorite?
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12. Take a hike with our ULTIMATE East Tennessee hiking road trip
East Tennessee simply hasn't been more beautiful, and we have an ultimate road trip that will take you from the wilds of the mountains to the extravagant beauty of Eastern Tennessee waterfalls. With the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as the most visited national park in the nation, you really can't go wrong with a Saturday at Cataract Falls, now could you? Happy trail blazin'!
11. If you're in middle Tennessee, we have a waterfall road trip for you too!
With all of our stunning vistas and mountains, you KNOW we have to have a couple of beautiful waterfalls. This is the kind of trip you take with your DSLR and a penchant for adventure - folks come from all over the state to see Burgess Falls, after all.
10. There's also a terrifying HAUNTED road trip through East Tennessee
From the Mysterious Mansion in Gatlinburg to Gwendolyn's House in Elizabethton, this almost five hour road trip is rife with the creepiest stories in state history. You truly haven't lived until you hear of the horror behind the Glenmore Mansion...it's truly terrifying.
9. Take a trip through Tennessee to visit all of our ghost towns
Elkmont is our most famous ghost town, but it's also the best known. We actually have six places stretched across the state that you can visit and fall in love with, six spots that scream with hidden (forgotten?) potential. Curious?
8. Have you ever thought of taking a lighthouse tour through our landlocked state? You can!
Most people write off our Tennessee waterways simply because we don't border a coastline, but hey - we have some of the prettiest lakes and rivers in the country - which means we have a handful of lighthouses that are pretty enough to be a picture.
7. Take a road trip thorugh Tennessee's most picturesque small towns.
Small towns are our forte out here in Tennessee, and we're completely in love with tiny spots like Leipers Fork and Columbia. This is the perfect road trip if you're located in Middle Tennessee and need a bit of time to yourself - the most therapeutic kind of road trip is found on a Tennessee backroad, y'all.
6. Or maybe in the fall you can take our lovely foliage road trip.
Fall in the south is one of our most beautiful times here in Tennessee. From the Cherohala Skyway to Cades Cove, Tennessee, our reds and golds and oranges are the prettiest shades in the country.
5. Need an infusion of creepy and downright terrifying?
Then check out our haunted Tennessee road trip!
We love ourselves a creepy story every once in awhile...and this is the kind of road trip that gives us the heeby-jeebies. Wander from Graceland to Hurricane Mills, Carnton Plantation to the Bell Witch Cave - you really can't mess up with a whole ream of eerie in your back pocket.
4. Love covered bridges? We have a road trip for that.
The prettiest bridges aren't all in Madison County, you know. We have quite a few historic spots in the state of Tennessee. Our rusty red Bible Covered Bridge and historic Doe River Covered Bridge are two large draws, with 530 miles of beautiful Tennessee countryside in-between.
3. Our natural wonders road trip will show you your favorite state as never before!
Did you know that a handful of Tennessee natural wonders are enough to drop that jaw on the floor? Because it's true. Six spots with stunning views like the Cherohala Skyway and veritably unknown Twin Arches make for the best kind of road trip. Invest six hours in the best adventure of the year.
2. You can even visit abandoned spots throughout the state.
Did you know the biggest treehouse in the world is located in Tennessee? Although you can no longer visit, it's one of the most popular stops on our abandoned Tennessee places tour. The Tennessee State Prison from, "The Green Mile" is on here as well...and in a place you probably never would have guessed. Take the trip and find out, why don't you?
1. Take our three-day food road trip!
Three days, three meals and day AND snacks? We've planned it out for you, and you may just find some of your favorite Tennessee eateries scattered in-between. From Rendezvous to the coffee houses of Nashville, we'll take you across the state by your tastebuds. Giddyup!
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