Tennessee Vacation Ideas

Tennessee vacation ideas #1: Visit the Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm, America's only site of pearl culturing. It's located at Birdsong Resort in Camden, TN along the Tennessee River's beautiful Kentucky Lake.

This is actually the biggest man-made lake in the U.S. "A Pearl Of A Tour" will show you the pearl cultivation process of The Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm. Visit the Farm, Mini-Theatre and Museum, and Pearl Jewelry showroom.

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#2: Frozen Head State Park - Tennessee is a popular springtime vacation destination. Frozen Head State Park and Natural Area is a perfect example. Located in the beautiful Cumberland Mountains, this park is popular in spring for its wildflowers. It's one of the best wildflower areas in the state.

Enjoy the spring flora of The Great Smoky Mountains with over 170 hiking tours, motorcades and demonstrations. Warriors' Path State Park in Kingsport, holds their Spring Nature Festival. Take a springtime nature walk with some of the best nature guides and teacher/naturalists from across state. Norris Dam State Park, in Lake City, is another place to visit with walking trails to enjoy the spring flowers.

#3: Chattanooga, Tennessee is a city that attracts millions of vacationers with its culture, history and scenic beauty.

Chattanooga Choo Choo Steam Locomotive
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One of the city’s major attractions is Booker T. Washington State Park. The park has 353 acres with hiking and nature trails, picnic areas, swimming pool and public boat access.

The 1909 era Chattanooga Choo Choo train station, terminal building, sleeping cars and dining cars have been restored.

It now houses the Chattanooga Choo Choo Holiday Inn Resort. This is a huge 30-acre resort with a soaring domed restaurant, shops, pools, gardens, a trolley and a model railroad museum.

The family will enjoy a fun hands-on experience at the 42,000 square-foot Creative Discovery Museum. There’s an Inventor’s Workshop, a 120-seat theater, Artist’s Studio and lots of fun interactive exhibits that the kids will love. These are just three examples of the many things to do and see in Chattanooga.

Celebrate Elvis Banners - Graceland
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#4: Tour Elvis's Graceland iconic mansion. Even if you are not a raving Elvis fan, a visit to Tennessee's Graceland can be an entertaining and fun vacation idea.

Anyone who appreciates music has to respect the popularity that Elvis Presley has generated even long after his death. Graceland is a piece of musical history and an integral part of American pop-culture.

Most of the mansion is open to tour including the famous Jungle Room. There is quite a lot to see such as Elvis's trophy room, his car collection, his two planes - Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II - as well as many Elvis's artifacts.

Tennessee vacation ideas #5: The Smoky Mountains - America’s most visited national park is Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. High up in the mountains is where you will find LeConte Lodge. The accommodations are very rustic but it’s the only lodging inside the park and it’s in a perfect location for you to take advantage of all the great hiking here.

There are five individual hiking trails up the mountain and they are all worth the trip for the view from LeConte Lodge at the top. In fact hiking is the only way to get to the lodge and it’s collection of wooden cabins. The lodge and Mount LeConte are an extremely popular place for hiking enthusiasts.

Jack Daniel's Distillery Tennessee
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#6: Visit two famous Tennessee distilleries. For a real Tennessee Sipping Tour, head out from Memphis for a short drive to the George Dickel Distillery and the Jack Daniel's Distillery. Both distilleries are part of the Tennessee history and culture and they offer fun tours of the facilities.

Jack Daniel's Distillery is the oldest registered distillery in the United States. It uses local cave spring water for its product. It's about 75 miles southeast of Nashville and their guided tour will give you a close-up look at how the famous whiskey is made.

About 17 miles away you will find the George Dickel Distillery. Here too you can take a fun tour and learn about the secrets that go into making the George Dickel’s award winning whiskey. The George Dickel General Store has the only working post office in the United States which is located in a distillery.

Blackberry Farm Tennessee
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Tennessee vacation ideas #7: Walland, Tennessee is an Appalachian Mountain town near the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. An excellent place to stay while visiting Walland is Blackberry Farm. This award-winning small hotel is a high class gem in a country setting with beautiful mountain views, gourmet meals and understated luxury.

Their Farmhouse Spa provides a heavenly hot-stone massage. Hiking, horseback riding and fly-fishing are popular activities here. But with the national park and the mountains as a playground your choices of fun things to do around Walland are wide open.

#8: Golden Pond is a good family getaway spot in Tennessee. Land Between The Lakes .... a 170,000 acre National Recreation Area in Golden Pond, Kentucky. Drive through the 700-acre Elk & Bison Prairie habitat and you are likely to see herds of bison or elk. Tour the living history farm, the environmental education nature center and the Golden Pond Planetarium & Observatory.

There are over 200 miles of trails that are used for everything from ATV fun and mountain biking to hiking and horseback riding. The Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm. Visit the Farm, Mini-Theatre and Museum, and Pearl Jewelry showroom.

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