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X Fun Things to Do on a Vacation in Tennessee

Home to some of the most beautiful places in the country, Tennessee has gained immense popularity among tourists. Not only is the state home to breathtaking landscapes, but it also has a rich history and a vibrant culture, which add to its appeal as a holiday destination.

That means that regardless of whether you’re a nature enthusiast looking for a relaxing retreat or an adventure lover looking for a thrilling experience, Tennessee is the perfect vacation spot.

Tennessee has something for everyone, from the Great Smoky Mountains and the exhilarating activities to the wonderful museums showcasing America’s history and culture. If you’re planning a trip to the Volunteer State and want an idea of the activities, look no further.

We’ve put together this guide to help you decide.

1. Go Fishing in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg is a lovely mountain town located at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is often referred to as one of the most beautiful cities in America. If you are taken in by the charm of this quaint little town of happiness, you must also try fishing!

Gatlinburg’s gorgeous rivers and lakes are home to a wonderful diversity of marine life, and you can come across fish such as rainbow trout, bass, and crayfish.

Our favorite fishing spot in the city is the Little River at Elkmont. However, if you also want to have the option of other recreational activities, head to Douglas Lake.

Also, remember that you must obtain a Tennessee non resident fishing license to fish in the state. However, you don’t need a license to fish on the Free Fishing Day in June.

2. Go Hiking in Pigeon Forge

Right next to Gatlinburg is another wonderful city called Pigeon Forge. Named after the Pigeon River, the city is a great place to explore the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. While there are many activities you can try once down in Pigeon Forge, we recommend going hiking.

The city has many hiking trails nearby, of which our favorite is Laurel Falls. The gorgeous 80 ft. waterfall at the trail’s end makes the journey worth it. That is why Laurel Falls is among the most popular trails in the Great Smokies.

If you want to experience a little more thrill, you can check out the other activities, including ziplining and mountain climbing. One thing’s for sure; there won’t be a dull moment when you’re in Pigeon Forge.

3. River Rafting in the Great Smokys

Another city where you can enjoy the wonderful outdoors is Sevierville. Also located near the Great Smokys, Sevierville has many exciting attractions. However, we love the water activities you can indulge in in the city.

Many companies run water activities from Sevierville and Pigeon Forge. For the experience of a lifetime, try river rafting across the Pigeon River! The excitement and thrill you feel are indescribable as you splash across the water with the wind in your face and the striking views of the national park.

You can also try your hand at other water activities in the Great Smokies, such as tubing, paddling, kayaking, or even swimming.

4. Enjoy the Nightlife in Nashville

If Tennessee rules at one thing, it’s country music. After all, the state has given us national treasures like Elvis and Dolly Parton! Nashville is the musical hub of the state, where live music rules the streets.

If your Tennessee holiday includes a stop at Nashville, you must stay for a night to enjoy the music scene and nightlife of the city. Head down to the Iconic Broadway Street and explore the lively bars, bustling clubs, and fantastic restaurants.

If you’re a musical history buff, make a pitstop at the Johny Cash Museum or the famous Bluebird Café, where many songwriters started. At the end of the night, walk back to your hotel and enjoy the fantastic music being made by live singers all across the city.

5. Relax on a Riverboat in Chattanooga

If you’re heading to Hamilton County, go down to Chattanooga and enjoy the gorgeous natural beauty of Tennessee. From the breathtaking Ruby Falls to the wonderous Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga’s natural landscape leaves one in awe of nature.

Our favorite experience in Chattanooga is getting on the Southern Belle Riverboat that takes its guests on a cruise across the scenic Tennessee River. The cruise is planned as a tour of the city and allows those aboard to soak in the natural beauty while you enjoy a delectable meal.

Come to think about it; it does seem like a perfect activity. Live music, delicious food, picturesque views, and impeccable service. What more could you ask for?

6. Climb the Sunsphere in Knoxville

Knoxville is one of the best places to visit in Tennessee. As a fairly large city, it offers the best of both worlds. You can let your inner nature lover roam free in the foothills of the Great Smokys while enjoying all the advantages and facilities of a modern city.

As a tourist in Knoxville, the one activity you must do is climb the Sunsphere. A unique structure is 250 ft. above the ground, built-in 1982 as part of the World’s Fair.

Moreover, the structure is topped with a 24-karat gold dome that glows beautifully throughout the day. You can climb the observation deck and enjoy an aerial view of the lovely city of Knoxville. Just make sure nobody in your group is afraid of heights!

Final Words

Tennessee is a wonderful place to visit. The people, the food, and the natural beauty make for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Each region in the state will offer you an array of different activities.

So get started on planning your vacation. Whichever city you decide to head to, we guarantee it’ll be one of the best holidays you’ve ever had!