Tennessee is a spectacular state (we say it all the time – it is always true), what with its broad swathe of restaurant offerings, kind people and natural adventures. It’s a state that grows with you, a community that looks to infuse your home and work life with a sense of value. You won’t meet kinder people anywhere else, and we dare you to find a state more packed with adventure. As a matter of fact – here are 15. Perfect for the rest of your summer and a spot on your bucket list.
15. Try out one of the most
in the state.
The Catbird Seat is known across the country as one of the most exclusive restaurants in the south. This gorgeous place has only 22 seats and offers an amazing taste experience like you've never dreamed of.
14. A ride on this
is unlike any other.
The Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram is a fun experience for both you and the littles. Take in the sights of East Tennessee from high above for only $13 a round trip ticket. Plus, it leaves the station every 20 minutes!
13. This Tennessee
state park is straight out of a fairy tale.
Fall Creek Falls is lauded by the public for a reason - and we have all the details. From hiking trails to waterfall views, we have everything you need to explore this stunning natural space.
has the best cheeseburger in Tennessee - have you tried it?
There's nothing more American than a juicy cheeseburger and a nostalgic eatery. Take a look at Litton's Market, Restaurant and Bakery in Knoxville - it's a bucket list must, for sure.
11. This Tennessee lake is
- it's worth a day trip!
An underrated lake? In Tennessee? That would be Dale Hollow Lake, which boasts a stretch of coastline and a breadth that straddles the northern Tennessee/ Kentucky border.
riverboat cruise in Chattanooga
sounds downright dreamy.
The Southern Belle Riverboat cruise in Chattanooga, Tennessee leaves from Ross's Landing Park, which is right in the deep heart of Chattanooga. It's iconic, stunning, and a beautiful experience.
9. Take a trip down Tennessee's
official whiskey trail.
Tennessee was just recently given the honor of its own official Whiskey Trail, and we mapped it out for you. This is a must for all those Jack Daniel's lovers out there. The true stuff of the south.
8. Check out one of these
little-known swimming spots.
A swimming hole in the summertime is a childhood milestone, wouldn't you say? Tennessee is chock full of gorgeous, waterlogged spots that are great for hiking and dipping.
7. You can
camp right on the water at one of these Tennessee campsites.
If you're looking to camp alongside the waterline, we've come up with a solid list of campgrounds that are great for the whole family. They're stretched across the state, so you can find someplace new no matter where you live!
6. There's nothing better than a
lazy river day!
Does tubing down a lazy river sound like a great Saturday to you? Us, too. Head on over to Smoky Mountain River Rat Tubing in Townsend to enjoy a beautiful weekend on the water. We took care of all the research for you!
5. Keep in mind that
this milkshake bar in Tennessee is absolutely AMAZING.
A milkshake bar? Have we died and gone to heaven?! Nah, you just need to head over to the brick-and-mortar Grilled Cheeserie location in Nashville's Hillsboro Village. All your dreams are bound to come true, folks.
4. Bet you've never seen this
quirky roadside museum...
Have you ever been to the Titanic museum? Located in East Tennessee, this beautiful homage to the past is full of authentic artifacts and history. It's quite the experience for the whole family.
3. Take in the sight of Tennessee's one and only
If you haven't been, you need to go to Paris. Paris, Tennessee, that is. We're going to leave it at that.
2. Have you ever taken the time to
ride a mountain coaster?
A mountain coaster?! In Gatlinburg?! Yep, it sounds almost too good to be true, doesn't it? Located in east Tennessee, you'll soar through the luscious foliage of the forest, a small part of a fairy tale.
1. This is the
prettiest hike in the whole state, and you should probably check it out this summer.
The Honey Creek Loop trail runs through Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, and comes in at six miles. It's beautiful, rugged and fiercely true to Tennessee's natural roots. It's not for the faint of heart, but comes highly recommended.