Beautiful mountain ranges, chimerical sceneries, surreal beaches – the US is home to nature’s most breathtaking scenery and awe-striking creations.
Yet every state has something different to offer, coupled with distinct weather conditions. Because of this diversity, each state carries its allure and significance. However, places like Tennessee get brushed under the rug and overshadowed by the likes of Florida, California, and Hawaii.
States like Tennessee have much more to offer than what meets the eye. If you plan right, you’re bound to have a fun and memorable road trip, just like at every other tourist spot. Here’s a little help you may need with your itinerary.
Widely known as the capital of country music, arguably the most listened-to music genre in the States, Nashville has a rich history and music culture. Known as the capital of Tennessee, Nashville is music central. That’s because wherever you go, you will not be able to outrun anything music-related.
Nashville is also home to one of the most popular live country music stage performances widely known across the US. While you’re there, check out the Country Music Hall of Fame. If you’re an avid music listener, the photos of the inductees will leave you mesmerized. The Ryman Auditorium has hosted legends like Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Harry Houdini, Charlie Chaplin, and Elvis Presley. For a thrilling and memorable stage performance, consider going here.
Famously known for Dollywood, an amusement park co-owned by the oh-so-famous Dolly Parton, this town has a lot to offer. Besides the famous amusement park, there are plenty of things to do Pigeon Forge for both kids and grownups. Click on your search bar and tick them off the list.
A magnificent mountain resort, this town is full of mesmerizing views. Furthermore, if you’re lucky, you might even come across the legend herself – Dolly Parton. You can also attend one of the numerous exciting dinner shows in town, such as the Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show. Join the most famous pirate, Blackbeard, and his quartermaster, Calico Jack, as they lead the Crimson and Sapphire crews to battle in an adventure full of fun and feasts. This is perfect for bringing your kids along for an entertaining experience, so be sure to book your tickets in advance. The voyager creamy vegetable soup on the menu is a must-try.
A town situated close to the mountains like Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg offers a lot to do during summers and winters. Rafting is undoubtedly one of the most thrilling activities in the US. If you’re up for it, you can go white water rafting and enjoy the sceneries as you make your way through the strong currents of water. Rafting is an activity that can help you overcome many fears and have a good and lasting impact on you which is why this is something you should do!
During winter, you can take a tram ride through downtown Gatlinburg up to the mountain range where the amusement park Ober Gatlinburg is situated. Here you can go skiing or ice-skating and make the most of the winters. Ober Gatlinburg is a fun-filled place regardless of the weather and season.
Smokey Mountains National Park
Right adjacent to Gatlinburg is Smokey Mountains National Park. An early start to the day here can give you a breathtaking view of the sun spreading its light all over the mountain range by adding to its beauty. To see even more vibrant colors, consider visiting during autumn.
To thoroughly enjoy the trip, drive through the entire national park and capture moments, take breaks, and mesmerize yourself wherever you deem fit. If your inner adventure enthusiast can’t resist, consider going horseback riding or on a hike. Choose one of the many trails available when you feel like exploring more. The best part is that people of all stamina levels can go hiking as the trail difficulties and lengths vary.
Horseback riding can be even more fun as you will not have to walk as much, and kids can benefit from it even more. Irrespective of how you go around the park, you have a greater-than-even chance of coming across its inhabitants. The half-million-acre park is home to multiple species of plants and animals that can blow you away – quite literally! Perhaps for these reasons, it is also the 2nd most visited national park on the continent!
Another city at a 3-hour drive to the Smoky Mountains National Park offering multiple escapes is Chattanooga. Widely known for its architecture, lakefront, art, and rich history, Chattanooga is a place that has everything under one roof. The gorge near the river is known as Tennessee’s Grand Canyon for a valid reason. You can rent a boat or raft, float along the river, witness some of the most dream-like views, and unwind.
The mountains have an inclined railway that can take you up through the mesmerizing views. From the top, you can get a bird’s eye view of the neighboring state, Georgia. Top off the visit up top by visiting Ruby Falls, the highest waterfall in the state. Lastly, alongside the river, you can find the Tennessee Aquarium. A freshwater aquarium; it’s one of the biggest in the world. The aquarium hosts freshwater creatures as well as reptiles and penguins.
The home of the King of Rock n Roll – Elvis! Memphis is home to the King’s 13.8-acre estate, a now museum owned and run by his daughter. Known as Graceland, the mansion is a must-visit! If you’re someone that loves or enjoys quality music, you can’t not like Elvis. Spending even a day here may not seem enough if you’re a hard-core Elvis fan! It is also the most visited house in the US after the White House. That speaks volumes.
If you’re big on history, you will be curious to see where the great Martin Luther King Jr. was gunned down. The motel is now a museum and a hub for civil rights movements. It is rich in history and will walk you through the arduous journey of freedom through the artifacts available.
All in all, Tennessee is undoubtedly one of the best states to visit in the United States. There are multiple things to do, from the rich history to the fun-filled activities. The towns and destinations mentioned above should help you pick the right places to go to and make the most of your much-needed break. Drive safe, and stay happy!