Looking for the perfect spot to plan your next adventure-packed vacation? Consider a trip to Tennessee. This southeastern state is packed with plenty of options for adventure lovers of all kinds, but outdoor lovers are especially in luck. And the best part? You can enjoy some of the best adventures the state has to offer from some of the state’s most well-loved and easy-to-reach cities.
Tennessee has something to offer for families, couples and the ultimate girls trip. The most frequently visited U.S. national park, Great Smoky Mountains, will take your breath away. The cities, Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Gatlinburg, are home to a wealth of outdoor activities along with plenty of great restaurants.
Ready to plan your Tennessee adventure? Here are some ways to take advantage of opportunities for an adventure near some of Tennessee’s most popular destinations and here are some of my best things to do in Tennessee.
Amazing Tennessee Outdoor Adventures:
Things To Do In Chattanooga
Chattanooga is an outdoor lover’s dream. Visitors will find more than 75 parks, three nearby rivers, multiple mountains within easy access, and plenty of opportunities for hiking and biking. Staying in Chattanooga will give you a solid variety of hotels to choose from, as well as easy access to dining and nightlife when you’re done exploring for the day.
Where To Stay In Chattanooga
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Things To Do In Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg is the perfect vacation destination for adventurers looking to hike and explore the Great Smoky Mountains, National Park. There are plenty of things to see and do here regardless of the season you choose to visit, and you can always take advantage of the city’s unique shops and eateries. Book a room at Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort, or opt for a more intimate experience at a local bed and breakfast.
When it comes to fun and family-friendly things to do, there is no beating a trip to the Smoky Mountains. From hiking trails to amusement parks to daring adventures, there is something for everyone found in these hills.
It’s no secret the Smoky Mountain black bears are the most popular animal living in the national park. In fact, the National Park Service dubbed it the park’s official mascot thanks in part to the popularity of the animal.
Now, it is important to remember it is very unlikely you will see a bear near your vacation rental but my daughter and I ran into a momma bear along with her cubs while exploring the Smoky Mountains. The most popular area to spot Smoky Mountain black bears is Cades Cove at sunrise.
Please remember, you do need to exercise extreme caution if and when you do encounter a Smoky Mountain black bear. These are wild animals after all so please do not forget that!
Where To Stay In Gatlinburg
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Things To Do In Memphis
Want to experience great BBQ and excellent access to outdoor adventure? Memphis is your place! As one of the most affordable cities in Tennessee, it’s a great spot for anyone looking for a good deal, as well as anyone looking for an authentic taste of southern hospitality.
Where To Stay In Memphis
Memphis, TN 38105
Memphis, TN 38103
Things To Do In Nashville
Known for its rich musical history, Nashville doesn’t always come to mind as a great spot for adventure travel, but you might be surprised to see how many options you can find in the area. Add in the fact you’ll be able to visit some American institutions, like the Country Music Hall of Fame, and you’ll find plenty of reasons to plan a trip ASAP!
Where To Stay In Nashville
Nashville, TN 37219
Nashville, TN 37219
With so many museums, outdoor activities, restaurants to choose from and festivals to attend your family will be planning your return trip to Tennessee before you leave.
Tennessee is as diverse a landscape as it gets. From the Appalachian Mountains to the low lying river plains of the west to the Mississippi Delta there isn’t much you can’t do when venturing out in Tennessee. A culture of awesome food and music pair with waterfalls and green mountains to make for an amazing overall experience, and one that includes a plate of southern barbecue at the end of a long adventure.
Whether you’re planning a family vacation in Pigeon Forge or a girls weekend in Nashville I want you to explore Tennessee with your friends and family.
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