Tennessee has recently exploded onto the scene, named a top spot for tourists and an even better place to live. The thing is, we’ve known that for years – tell us something we don’t know, folks! While we may live in this great state, there are still a few destinations that we tend to overlook – it’s easy, isn’t it? To take the Volunteer State for granted, when we get to enjoy its beauty every day? Take a look, plan a trip – these fifteen destinations are perfect for planning a springtime getaway.
15. If you're a fan of road trips, drive down the Natchez-Trace.
Spanning from Mississippi to Tennessee, the Natchez-Trace is a beautiful road to drive with a cup of coffee in hand or in search of a hike. It comes highly recommended!
14. Take a self-guided tour through Market Square in Knoxville.
Great for hobnobbing with locals and students in this East Tennessee college town, we'd recommend grabbing a bite to eat and sitting outside during the warmer months.
13. Have you been to Cumberland Caverns?
This national, natural landmark is located in McMinnville, and is the second longest cave in Tennessee. It is also host to a series of warm weather concerts, which make for a pretty neat underground experience.
12. The Carnton Plantation is stunning AND historic.
If you've ever been to downtown Franklin, you've probably walked through the sweet downtown and gone shopping. Still, a visit and tour of the Carnton Plantation is the infusion of Tennessee history and culture that your Saturday is sorely needing.
11. The Nashville Farmers' Market is great for a healthy trip out and about.
Open seven days a week, Nashville really knows how to show out when it comes to its farmers and their locally grown goods.
10. Wander Leipers Fork, hand-in-hand.
Leipers Fork is truly a step back in time - located in the heart of Tennessee's mid-state farmland, you can snag a meal at the original Puckett's and enjoy some live music while you're at it.
9. Visit Bell Buckle!
This sweet spot is one of our favorites for a quiet afternoon, great if you're looking to experience small town Tennessee without actually making the big move.
8. Take a tour through The Hermitage.
Andrew Jackson may have a speckled past, but Old Hickory does hail from Tennessee and his home is worth the history lesson.
7. Fall in love with the Nashville Library.
The unsung gem of Nashville, the downtown library is one of the prettiest spots in the state and well-worth a few hours of quiet reading time.
6. Explore your way through Union City.
The Discovery Park of America is located in Union City, and it's a great place for the young and old alike to get hands on with a little Tennessee science.
4. Wander historic Rugby.
A pretty spot to experience, Rugby is a town laden with local hospitality and perfect for folks who are looking to experience small town Tennessee.
3. Or hike your way through Sewanee.
The University of the South is located in one of the prettiest spots in Tennessee, and it maintains the local hiking trails that are perfect for you outdoorsy folks. Plus, Tennessee's only natural rock bridge is on the way!
2. Make your way to Loretta Lynn's Hurricane Mills.
A great place to explore and learn about your favorite country music legend, most Tennesseans haven't made their way on the tour. How crazy is that?! It's right in your backyard, folks.
1. Or spend a quiet day at Reelfoot Lake.
One of the most beautiful spots in the state, Reelfoot Lake was formed by a series of earthquakes in the early nineteenth century. There's nothing like a stunning hike rife with history wouldn't you say?
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