Taking an affordable vacation seems to have gotten harder and harder in recent years. Thankfully, Tennessee is one of the most central states in the nation and has its own stack of great family and romantic trips in its back pocket. Whether you’re looking for a sweet weekend away or an awesome hiking trip, there’s an affordable vacation for everyone.
10. Find an East Nashville Airbnb for a walkable vacation.
No rental cars needed here! East Nashville is known for being stunning and extremely walkable, taking you from brunch to vintage shops to local festivals, all just a stones throw from your front door.
9. Stay an evening at the Carnegie Hotel and Spa - without the epic charge.
Anything with "spa" in the name makes it sound like a crazy expensive time, but not here in Johnson City. Enjoy their beauty light and gorgeous east Tennessee views for just $130 a night. You'll have the chance to explore the highly overlooked Johnson City, and we'd recommend walking down their main street. it's darling and a lot of fun to pop into their local eateries! (1216 W State of Franklin Rd, Johnson City)
8. Camp out at the darling and rural Mousetail Landing State Park.
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With rates from $10-$30 an evening, if you have the supplies this is a darling spot perfect for the low-key weekend. There are hiking trails galore and fishing is one of the most popular draws for this hidden Tennessee treasure. Keep your dollar bills AND catch dinner! (3 Campground Road
7. Spend a weekend at Wilderness at the Smokies Resort.
Located in Sevierville, Wilderness at the Smokies is one of the most affordable and kid-friendly resorts in the mountains. It has an indoor waterpark, making this the perfect place to vacation during the off-season. Plus, you can take advantage of their special winter prices! (1424 Old Knoxville Hwy, Sevierville)
6. Enjoy the bed & breakfast experience on a budget at the Mayor's Manor Inn.
This Chattanooga based B&B has 11 gorgeously decorated rooms and a complimentary breakfast that visitors simply rave over. Great for couples, the B&B is close to local attractions like Rock City Garden, Ruby Falls and the ever-lovely Lookout Mountain. Rooms start at $139 a night. (801 Vine St, Chattanooga)
5. Enjoy a night at Eagles Ridge Resort.
There are 233 furnished cabins at the Eagles Ridge Resort, making this the best kind of places to bring your littles or enjoy a romantic getaway. Tucked up in the hills, one-bedroom cabins start at $115 a night. (2740 Florence Dr, Pigeon Forge)
4. Hike and camp in Savage Gulf.
Savage Gulf is known for its gorgeous trails for the most advanced hiker, and with a solid $20 you could stay overnight. It's not much to ask for a view like the one above - that's priceless.
3. The Clarion Inn at Willow River is probably one of the most beautiful places to stay on a dime.
At $55 a night, you can stay in a historic inn that boasts 89 rooms and an indoor pool. Great for all times of year, its close proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is what sets this country residence apart. (1990 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Sevierville)
2. Enjoy a night basking in Tennessee history at The General Morgan.
This Greeneville-based hotel has 51 guest rooms that are all decorated to the nines, and with room rates beginning at $100 you won't be screaming for cash, either. Great room service, cozy duvets and oversized windows make this a trip you'll forever remember well. (111 N Main St, Greeneville)
1. Camp the Smokies.
The National Park Service only charges $14 TO $23 a night to stay on the grounds, making this one of the most beautiful and wallet-worthy places to stay in the state. Plus, if you want to take a break from stunning hikes and gorgeous vistas, you're a stone's throw from downtown Gatlinburg.