Tennessee June 18, 2017
7 Fantastic Factory Tours You Can Only Take In Tennessee
Factory tours tend to get a bad rap, but we think they are some of the most enjoyable and educational outings that money can buy. We scoured the state to find a solid seven that are worth your while, fun and quirky while also appealing to that ever-incessant sweet tooth of yours. Ready for a bit of fun? Yep, we are too. Let’s go!
1. Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Co - Nashville
Olive and Sinclair is a Nashville favorite, serving up chocolate and other confections from their historic East Nashville location. Tours are offered on Saturdays, are $5 per person and last about 30 or 40 minutes. Tours include samples, which is worth the price of admission by itself.
2. The Nissan Plant - Smyrna
The Nissan Plant in Smyrna is an operational vehicle assembly line and offers tours every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 AM and 1PM. Guests must be 10 years old and reservations are required. Tours are free, so they recommend that you reserve a spot at least four weeks in advance.
3. Lodge Cast Iron - South Pittsburg
The Foundry Tour at the factory for Lodge Cast Iron Manufacturing in Pittsburg is a truly unique opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes workings of how cast iron is made. Tours are only available during the National Cornbread Festival each spring, but they're definitely worth waiting for.
4. Sugarlands Distilling Company - Gatlinburg
Sugarlands is a favorite in the town of Gatlinburg, serving up real, Smoky Mountain moonshine. Tours are $15 per person and feature samples. They're only offered on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to book in advance on their website.
5. Gibson Guitars - Memphis
One of the most iconic electric guitar brands, Gibsons are manufactured in Memphis. You'll be able to see luthiers making guitars right in front of you. Tickets are $10 per person and last about an hour. Tours are offered seven days a week at the downtown factory.
6. Bush's Baked Beans - Dandridge
Bush's visitors center is located in Dandridge, Tennessee, about 40 miles East of Knoxville. Be sure to see the museum and the historical movie, and get a photo with Duke the Dog!
7. Jack Daniel's Distillery - Lynchburg
Possibly the most famous factory tour in Tennessee, Jack Daniel's offers something for all ages. Tours run every day except for Thanksgiving and Christmas and start at $14. For those of age, we recommend a tour that includes a tasting sample.
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