Tennessee is an absolute gold mine of adventure and hometown hospitality. Once you make it down here, the locals make it pretty darn hard to leave. Why? Other than the state being completely rockin’ awesome, you can infuse your vacation with a punch of excitement with one of these neat day trips. Take a look!
15) Arrington Vineyards
Founded by country music star Kix Brooks, Arrington in a stunning piece of land that boasts a burgeoning event calendar, private event venue and great spot for wine tasting. Get some adults together and spend a classy day in the country.
14) Birdsong Resort
Located in Camden, Birdsong Resort is where you can camp for the weekend or hang out at the marina. It's also the location of the Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm. Crazy fact? It's the only one in the US. Alright!
13) Bucksnort Trout Ranch
Grab the family and get on over to the ranch - for more than thirty-five years this safe spot has been a Tennessee family summer staple.
12) Downtown Franklin
Located thirty minutes outside of Nashville, Franklin is where you can take a Civil War tour or wander the boutiques of downtown. The wealthy town is steeped in history and will get your mind whirring as you walk through state history.
11) Fall Creek Falls
Quite possibly one of the most beautiful of the Tennessee state parks, you can find Fall Creek Falls State Resort Park in Spencer, Tennessee. You can pack a picnic lunch and hike to the falls, or even rent a cabin or campground to stay overnight.
10) Lookout Mountain
Chattanooga really takes the cake with this fantastic view. Lookout Mountain is located right on the border of Tennessee and Georgia, and your kids will never be able to get the beauty of that view out of their head.
9) Land Between the Lakes
There are 170,000 acres in what is known as the, 'Land Between the Lakes.' Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee share the area between both Barkley and Kentucky Lakes, and you can hike, hang out down by the water or book a campground for a nice day out.
8) Leiper's Fork
Historic Leiper's Fork is precisely where you want to go when you're looking for a small town with all the charm Tennessee can muster. You'll enjoy a gorgeous drive out into the country, then will be able to fill up on some down-home food at Puckett's. We call that a win.
7) Reelfoot Lake State Park
Tiptonville is home to Reelfoot Lake, a beautiful body of water that is the kicker for this state park. Come enjoy a lazy summer day on the water and take in the local wildlife.
Historic Natchez-Trace provides a plethora activities, camping and walking the famed bridge and hiking through the hills. Pick a spot and let the adventure begin!
5) Downtown Memphis
Memphis is the land Elvis and the blues and precisely where you want to head when it comes to a day trip. With the amount of museums and attractions, including the Civil Rights Museum, you'll have the chance to pack your day full of memories.
4) Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park
Located just outside Memphis, this park is one that'll give your summer a run for it's money - so. Much. Fun. Reserve a cabin and make some memories.
3) Find a Cave
Pick a cave, any cave. Did you know that Tennessee has more than 3800?! It's time to spend the day spelunking, if you ask us.
2) Foster Falls
Another campground, a beautiful waterfall and wildlife that'll get your inner child way more than excited. We just solved your day trip blues.
1) The Lost Sea
Craighead Caverns is a neat underwater string of caves that has the largest underground lake in the United States - second largest in the world. Buy a ticket. Take a tour. Spend the day.
Alright, Tennesseans – what do you think? Give us more ideas in the comments below! For you out of state people, where would YOU travel in a Tennessee day?