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15 Best Weekend Getaways In Tennessee—From The Mississippi River To The Smoky Mountains

Enjoy a weekend getaway in the Volunteer State.

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Whitney Williams / Jonesborough Tourism Department

Measuring roughly 440 miles in length from west to east, Tennessee encompasses diverse geography and culture. If you’ve seen the state’s flag, you may have wondered why it has three stars. Each represents one of the state’s grand divisions: West, Middle, and East. With unique landscapes, history, and activities, the three regions each hold special opportunities for weekend getaways in Tennessee.

Beginning in the west, the state borders the Mississippi River . The land that stretches inland from Memphis is part of the Gulf Coastal Plain. It includes flat stretches of fertile soil that gradually evolve into low rolling hills and wide stream valleys. Crossing over the Tennessee River, Middle Tennessee brings the Highland Rim and Nashville Basin, with level plains, undulating hills, and fertile farmland, before shifting into the Cumberland Plateau—characterized by flat-topped tablelands, crooked stream valleys, rocky cliffs, and plentiful waterfalls. You meet the Tennessee River once again traveling into East Tennessee, where the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains are the defining feature of the state’s eastern border. 

If you’re looking to get a taste of the numerous styles and scenery that Tennessee has to offer, we’ve got you covered with this list of weekend getaways. We’ll start with towns in West Tennessee—where the state’s lowest point stands in the Mississippi River at just 178 feet above sea level—travel through Middle Tennessee, and end with overnights in East Tennessee , where the highest point is Clingmans Dome at 6,643 feet in Great Smoky Mountains National Park .

Collierville, Tennessee

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With its entire downtown area listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Collierville offers a charming weekend getaway just 30 minutes outside Memphis. Spend your afternoon exploring specialty boutiques around Collierville Town Square—a spot literally out of a Hallmark movie, having been the filming site for “Wedding at Graceland” in 2019. The Little Shop by the Tower is your go-to for regionally made art and souvenirs. For supper, pop into local favorite Raven & Lily Restaurant for Southern-inspired upscale dining.

Paris, Tennessee

While not the Paris you’ve likely heard about, this small northwest Tennessee town still boasts a 70-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower —a perfect photo op for your weekend getaway. Plan your visit in late April to partake in the city’s annual World’s Biggest Fish Fry , where more than 12,500 pounds of catfish and all the fixins are served. Opt to camp at Paris Landing State Park to enjoy water sports and outdoor recreation alongside the 160,000-acre Kentucky Lake.

Savannah, Tennessee

Located on the shores of the Tennessee River in the southwest portion of the state, Savannah is a perfect weekend getaway for appreciating the history and beauty of the river. Start at the Tennessee River Museum for educational and interactive exhibits detailing the unique history of the Tennessee River Valley from prehistoric life through post-war reconciliation. Then head to the Walker Branch State Natural Area to enjoy 520 acres of bald cypress, mature tupelo gum, and other diverse forest types in the Tennessee River’s floodplain. 

Granville, Tennessee

Operated by 200 volunteers and, as the town describes, “punctuated by front porches,” this little Tennessee gem offers a weekend away on the banks of the Cumberland River. A town tour ticket ($7 for adults) gives you access to a range of quirky and historic buildings and museums, such as the Antique Car Museum , Granville Whiskey Decanter Museum (hosting the world’s largest collection of whiskey decanters), and the Mayberry and I Love Lucy Museum . Book your stay at Granville Bed & Breakfast to stay in the heart of the town. Plan your visit around one of Granville’s many annual events, such as Steamboat Days, the Scarecrow Festival, or the Cornbread and Moonshine Festival.

Franklin, Tennessee

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About a 30-minute drive south from Nashville, you’ll find yourself in Franklin , a perfect blend of modern amenities, scenic countryside, and historic streetscapes. Drive a section of the Natchez Trace Parkway as it winds its way from Nashville to Natchez, Mississippi . Stop in Gray’s on Main in the evening for Southern fare, craft cocktails, and live music. If you’re looking for a memorable place to rest your head, try Southall Farm & Inn , a 325-acre luxury spa resort, wellness retreat, and working farm with 62 guest rooms and 16 cottages.

Lynchburg, Tennessee

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Home of Jack Daniel’s Distillery , a weekend trip to Lynchburg isn’t complete without a visit to the facility. You can choose from one of three tours: the Angel’s Share, the Flight of Jack Daniel’s, or the Dry County. Each offers different tasting options paired with unique stories about the whiskey maker’s history. Grab dinner at Miss Mary Bobo’s Restaurant , which has been serving up Southern eats since 1908, just off Lynchburg’s historic town square.

Sewanee, Tennessee

Home to the University of the South and St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, Sewanee is a perfect weekend getaway for anyone interested in arts and education. The schools host lectures, art exhibitions, and concerts that are open to the public. Outdoorsy travelers will love a stay at the Sewanee Bicycle House , lodging with three bedrooms and two full baths that caters to cyclists, hikers, and other nature lovers. For more traditional accommodations, book a night at The Sewanee Inn , where Southern hospitality and Gothic charm merge. Guests have easy access to the university and can enjoy amenities like scratch-made cocktails, golfing, and comfort food. 

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga blends outdoor culture with vibrant city amenities, making for an eventful weekend getaway. Take a stroll across the Walnut Street Bridge, a pedestrian walkway across the Tennessee River, after grabbing a cone at The Ice Cream Show . Spend your day exploring world-class museums and attractions, such as the Hunter Museum of American Art and the Tennessee Aquarium . For a unique stay, book a night at the Chattanooga Choo Choo , a 24-acre hotel and vacation complex in the heart of the city, where you can opt to sleep in an authentic railcar room .

Ducktown, Tennessee

If you’re looking to get away from it all, head to Ducktown in the southeast corner of the state. This tiny town is surrounded by natural beauty, including the Ocoee River. Schedule a whitewater rafting trip with Wildwater Ltd. for some weekend thrills. Learn about the town’s copper mining history at the Ducktown Basin Museum . Book a stay at The Company House Bed & Breakfast Inn to unwind after your day.

Sevierville, Tennessee

The hometown of American sweetheart Dolly Parton, Sevierville offers Smoky Mountain magic with a more local vibe when compared to its neighbors, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg . The city recently completed a $7.5 million streetscape project as part of an effort to renovate its historic downtown. Make your way there to take your picture with the Wings of Wander mural, painted to celebrate the monarch migration through the Smokies. Enjoy duckpin bowling and retro arcade games at The Pines , the newly restored theater where Dolly played her first paid gig. Dine at The Appalachian for a delicious meal fueled by regional flavors before resting your head at the Historic Central Hotel —all within walking distance of each other.

Knoxville, Tennessee

With vibrant music, art, outdoor, and culinary scenes , Knoxville is guaranteed to offer endless opportunities for weekend fun. Head to Ijams Nature Center , a more than 315-acre urban park along the Tennessee River where you can kayak in Mead’s Quarry Lake, embark on a high ropes course, or attend a naturalist program. Stop by the Sunsphere , built for the 1982 World’s Fair, for panoramic views of the city. Get some shopping done downtown at local businesses like Union Ave Books , Rala , and Earth to Old City . Grab dinner on Market Square at Tomato Head or Café 4 before catching a show at the Tennessee Theatre or Bijou Theatre . Stay close to all the action with accommodations at The Tennessean .

Cumberland Gap, Tennessee

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Surrounded by Cumberland Gap National Historical Park , the small town of Cumberland Gap offers a quiet weekend getaway in the mountains. In addition to hiking to Tri-State Peak, where you can see Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia all at once, visitors to Cumberland Gap will enjoy its quaint downtown. Stop by the Little Congress Bicycle Museum for a quirky, hole-in-the-wall homage to pedal power, as well as the Cumberland Gap Artists' Co-Op for a celebration of Appalachian crafts. Book your stay at The Olde Mill Inn Bed and Breakfast , which includes unique rooms like an authentic 1700s log cabin and a king-sized custom millwork masterpiece.

Bristol, Tennessee

If you’re looking for a weekend full of music and fishing, then look no further than Bristol. Visit in September to attend the city’s annual Rhythm & Roots Festival or come year-round to check out the Birthplace of Country Music Museum . Book your stay at the South Holston River Lodge for an all-inclusive experience with professionally guided fly fishing excursions, luxury riverside accommodations, delicious food, and more. You can also find guide services and outfitting a half-mile from the Weir Dam at South Holston River Fly Shop . At the end of the day, grab dinner at Bistro on 6th and then take a quick stroll across the state line into Virginia for dessert at Blackbird Bakery .

Johnson City, Tennessee

For a weekend of brewery hopping and outdoor adventures, set your sights on Johnson City. Spend your days hiking at Buffalo Mountain Park , cycling the Tweetsie Trail to Elizabethton, and mountain biking at Tannery Knobs . If you need an outfitter, Local Motion Cyclery is conveniently located at the Johnson City end of the Tweetsie Trail. Sample beers after an active day at Watauga Brewing Company and Yee-Haw Brewing Company downtown. Go calorie load for your next day’s adventures with dinner at Southern Craft BBQ .

Jonesborough, Tennessee

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Tennessee’s oldest town, Jonesborough is the perfect weekend getaway for storytellers and history buffs. The Historic Eureka Inn , Crescent Harbor Train Car , and Historic Stone Cellar Suite all offer accommodations with a side of town lore. Learn more Jonesborough tales at the Chester Inn State Historic Site and Museum , which offers walking tours with guides dressed in late 19th and early 20th century-style clothing. Visit in October for the town’s famous National Storytelling Festival , or attend its Storytelling Live! series, featuring afternoon storytelling from May through October. Strolling downtown presents a variety of shops for local gifts, such as Mill Spring Makers Market , Mauk’s , and Jonesborough Antiques & Artisans . Savor breakfast at The Corner Cup , grab lunch at Main Street Cafe & Catering , and end with dinner at Texas Burritos and More .

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33 Best Weekend Getaways in Tennessee — Quick Trips!

Tanner Wilkes

Ah, Tennessee. The state of country music, rock and roll, and whiskey.

You’d think planning a trip to Tennessee is as easy as pie until you get to the part about where to stay for the weekend.

Luckily, I’m here to lend a helping hand.

Growing up in Tennessee has taught me a lot about the beauty of its attractions, and coming back every year taught me something else.

I learned that this beautiful city is filled with hotels and resorts that can make or break your experience.

So I’ve visited and rated each one based on room variety, comfort and cleanliness, location, affordability, and family friendliness.

So if you’re down to save time and money, I suggest you keep reading.

Pack your bags, free up your weekend, and dive into the best weekend getaways in Tennessee.

Best Weekend Getaways In Tennessee Compared

Whether you’re in Tennessee to try their whiskey or visit the Great Smokies, here’s a quick comparison of the best getaways in the state.

Editor’s Choice

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The Hermitage

A renowned destination in Nashville, The Hermitage hotel opened its doors in 1910 and has made a name for itself in southern hospitality.

  • Room Variety: 5/5
  • Comfort and Cleanliness: 5/5
  • Location: 4.5/5
  • Affordability: 4/5
  • Family-Friendliness: 5/5

#2nd Best Choice

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Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center

A very popular destination for getaways in Nashville, the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center is located around 2 km from the Grand Ole Opry.

  • Room Variety: 4.5/5
  • Comfort and Cleanliness: 4.5/5
  • Location: 4/5 
  • Affordability: 5/5

#3rd Best Choice

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Union Station Hotel Nashville Yards

Set up in 1900, The Union Station Hotel Nashville Yards was formerly a train terminal.

  • Room Variety: 4/5
  • Location: 5/5

Here are the top 33 weekend getaways in Tennessee.

1. The Hermitage (Editor’s Choice)

The Hermitage

231 6th Avenue N Nashville, TN 37219 (888) 888-9414 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Ratings Criteria

  • Excellent location within walking distance to several attractions and restaurants.
  • Luxurious rooms
  • Maintenance in some rooms could be improved

After a day of exploring the music scene in Nashville, a great place to stay and relax is The Hermitage, situated in downtown Nashville.

Recipient of the Forbes Five-star rating in 2015, the AAA Five Diamond rating in 2016, and listed among the “Top 50 Hotels in the United States” by the US News and World Report, the luxurious hotel is regal and elegant, offering the highest level of hospitality.

At The Hermitage, you can enjoy the elegantly appointed accommodations, soak in the tubs made of Italian marble, savor the southern flavors at the Capitol grille and sip cocktails at the Oak Bar after a busy day.

Related: Best Day Trips From Nashville

2. Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center

Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center

2800 Opryland Drive Nashville, TN 37214 (615) 889-1000 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

  • Beautiful indoor and outdoor gardens
  • Plenty of family-friendly activities to do on-site
  • Property may be too big for some, which means more walking

Spread across 9 acres, the resort has many atriums, indoor gardens, 4 bars, 15 restaurants and retail stores and has fun activities for visitors all year round.

The indoor park at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center is the main attraction for lil ones.

The resort has around 3,000 rooms and suites ideal for a vacation with your partner or with the entire family.

3. Union Station Hotel Nashville Yards

Union Station Hotel Nashville Yards

1001 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 726-1001 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

  • Close to many attractions
  • Spacious family rooms

This was later converted into a hotel and today offers modern amenities and comfortable accommodations while retaining the grand architectural elements of the yesteryear.

The majestic building has awe-inspiring features such as a Tiffany stained glass that is a century old, a stunning lobby atrium and a barrel-vaulted ceiling that is 65 feet high.

A stay at the Union Station Hotel Nashville Yards is a romantic getaway that is truly unforgettable.

4. The Peabody Memphis

The Peabody Memphis

149 Union Avenue Memphis TN 38103 (901) 529-4000 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

The Peabody Memphis is a fantastic alternative to the Union Station Hotel Nashville Yards and Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center.

It’s right in the heart of Memphis and offers cheaper prices for luxury.

If you’re looking for a luxury getaway, then a couple of days at The Peabody Memphis will give you a royal experience that you and your family won’t forget.

Opened in 1869, The Peabody Memphis, also known as the “South’s Grand Hotel,” is a Forbes 4-Star hotel located in downtown Memphis.

The luxurious Memphis icon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is renowned for its rich history, elegance and hospitality.

The Peabody Memphis’ rich legacy includes the 5 resident ducks, which have become the hotel’s biggest attraction and every day between 11 am to 5 pm visitors can witness the very cute and famous Peabody Duck March, where they strut down the lobby on their red carpet.

The hotel has 464 rooms and suites you can choose from and includes a range of facilities, including restaurants, a full-service spa and salon, Peabody Galleria shops and an indoor swimming pool.

Jackson

Jackson, TN (731) 425-8240 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

A small and quaint, yet vibrant city, Jackson is the birthplace of Rockabilly Music.

Situated on the southwestern tip of Tennessee, this little city is a great place for a quiet, “me-time” kind of vacation away from the popular, crowded holiday spots.

A visit to Jackson is incomplete without a trip to the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum, Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park and Rusty’s TV and Movie Car Museum.

If you love nature, then you’re sure to love the Cypress Grove Nature Park or you can play your favorite sport at the North Park.

And, if you are an avid history buff, then check out the Butler’s Antique Mall or the Vintage Market on Main Street.

Recommended Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Jackson

Related: Best Restaurants in Jackson

Related: Family Beaches in Tennessee

6. Franklin

Franklin

Franklin, TN (615) 591-8514 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

A small charming town in Tennessee, Franklin is named after Benjamin Franklin and offers plenty of outdoor and fun activities for visitors.

A major hub of the Battle of Franklin during the Civil War, Franklin has many historic homes that you can visit.

History buffs will love the guided tours of the Carlton Plantation, Lotz House Museum, the Carter home and the 2 antebellum homes, which date back to the 1830s.

You can stroll down the 16-block historic downtown area, enjoy the Victorian architecture and the beautifully preserved buildings, check out the mom-and-pop restaurants and boutiques, shop for art and antiques, explore the farmers’ market or simply soak in the serene atmosphere of the town.

On Main Street, you will find Franklin’s famous eating joints and music clubs where you can enjoy some amazing food and music.

Recommended Hotel: The Harpeth Downtown Franklin, Curio Collection by Hilton

Bristol

Bristol, TN (423) 989-5500 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

A must-visit for country music lovers, Bristol has been named the “Birthplace of Country Music” in 1998.

The city is home to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival and Paramount Theater.

There are lots of other things you can do in Bristol that are not related to music.

Explore the exciting underground Bristol Caverns and Appalachian Caverns, click a photo with the iconic Bristol sign, visit the Steele Creek Park and go to the Ernie Ford Home, which is now a museum or swim in South Holston Lake.

If you’re a racing enthusiast, then the Bristol Motor Speedway, the famous NASCAR short-circuit track is a “must do.”

Recommended Hotel: The Sessions Hotel, Bristol, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

Related: Restaurants in Bristol, TN

8. Knoxville

Knoxville

Knoxville, TN (800) 727-8045 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

One of the smaller cities in Tennessee, Knoxville is situated to the north of the Great Smoky Mountains and next to the Tennessee River.

Knoxville is a low-key tourist destination, but you can simply beat the charm of the place.

Visit the World’s Square Park and take in a music concert, explore the Knoxville Museum of Art, shop at the historic Market Square or the Ijams Nature Center or stroll down the riverfront.

If you want to do something sporty, then paddle at Mead’s Quarry Lake or for a bike ride in Urban Wilderness.

Kids are sure to love the Knoxville Zoo or The Muse, the museum of science.

Recommended Hotel: The Tennessean Personal Luxury Hotel

9. Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge, TN (800) 251-9100 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

If you’re looking for quick trips in Tennessee, Pigeon Forge is a small but fun-filled getaway in the state.

The city is home to the famous Appalachian theme amusement park, Dollywood which is nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains and is spread across 150 acres.

Hop onto the Dollywood Express for an overview of the amusement park, enjoy more than 40 thrilling rides at the park or cool down at the Dollywood Splash Country, the fun water park with its lazy river, wave pool and high water slides, visit the replica of Dolly Parton’s mountain home or stay in a luxury cabin that allows you to enjoy the stunning views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Want to do something fun?

Visit the Hollywood Wax Museum, go up the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, explore the Forbidden Caverns located under the great Smoky Mountain or drive down to Cades Cove for some picturesque views.

The children will love a visit to the Titanic Museum or a trip to the Parrot Mountains and Gardens, where they can see many animals and colorful birds.

Recommended Hotel: Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa

Related: Family Vacation Spots in Tennessee

10. Cummins Falls State Park and Burgess Falls State Park

Cummins Falls State Park and Burgess Falls State Park

390 Cummins Falls Lane Cookeville, TN 38501 (931) 268-7223 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

If you like quick trips, then a road trip to both the Cummins Falls State Park, as well as the Burgess Falls State Park is a fantastic weekend getaway idea.

A state park spread across 282 acres; the Cummins Falls State Park is situated in Jackson County in Tennessee.

The Cummins Falls State Park is home to the gorgeous Cummins Falls, a 75-foot waterfall on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River.

The park is famous for its scenic beauty and is a popular swimming spot.

Half an hour away from the Cummins Falls State Park is the Burgess Falls State Park, where you can get your fill of nature and scenic beauty.

The Burgess Falls State Park is located in the White County and Putnam County area in Tennessee and is spread across 217 acres.

The park is located around a deep gorge into which the Falling Water River drops around 250 feet over 3 waterfalls, ending in a cataract waterfall that falls over 130 feet into the gorge.

The Burgess Falls State Park beginner to expert level trails that you can explore.

Recommended Hotel: Comfort Suites Cookeville

11. Falls Creek Falls State Park

Falls Creek Falls State Park

2009 Village Camp Road Spencer, TN 38585 (423) 881-5298 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Spread across around 30,000 acres of land, the Falls Creek Falls State Park is among the largest and most popular state parks in Tennessee and is situated in the Van Buren and Bledsoe counties.

Sprawled over the top of the Cumberland Plateau, the Falls Creek Falls State Park has many gorges, streams, cascades, waterfalls and virgin hardwood timber stands.

At around 250 feet, the Fall Creek Falls is among the highest waterfalls in the eastern US and some of the other waterfalls in the park include the Cane Creek Falls, Piney Falls and Cane Creek Cascades.

If you love camping, then the Falls Creek Falls State Park offers 222 campsites, 30 cabins, the Lodge Fall creek Falls with its 85 rooms and also backcountry camping with a permit.

If you love the outdoor life, then the Falls Creek Falls State Park has plenty for you to do along with your family, right from short and long hikes, recreational and educational trails, day trails and overnight trails in the 56 miles of trails of the state park.

You can also indulge in a wide range of other outdoor activities, including swimming, kayaking, canoeing, biking, rock climbing, fishing, ziplining or birdwatching.

Recommended Hotel: Grandview Experience Lodge

12. Natchez Trace State Park

Natchez Trace State Park

24845 Natchez Trace Rd Wildersville, TN 38388 (731) 968-3742 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Situated in western Tennessee midway between Nashville and Memphis, the Natchez Trace State Park was named after the historic woodland path, Natchez Trace, a famous wilderness trail during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The park is spread across over 48,000 acres and has many wilderness trails, passing through the forest, fields, streams and lakeshores of the Natchez Trace State Park including the popular Red Leaves Backpacking Trails, a 40-mile overnight trail.

The park has plenty of activities that you and your family will love.

Apart from hiking and biking on the trails, you can go camping, indulge in waterfront activities such as fishing in one of the 4 lakes in the park, canoeing, swimming, fishing and also go horseback riding.

The park also has a museum, camping and picnic facilities, lodges, cabins, boating and a restaurant.

Recommended Hotel: Americas Best Value Inn Wildersville

13. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-1200 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Tennessee vacations are incomplete without a visit to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Amongst the most popular destinations in the state, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to more than 100,000 species of plants and animals.

The park has plenty of activities that you can do with friends or family including the little ones.

You can enjoy the nature around while indulging in outdoorsy activities like camping, swimming, biking, hiking, kayaking or simply settle down and enjoy a family picnic.

Enjoy the hiking trails in the park, trek up to the Clingmans Dome, the highest peak in Tennessee or the Chimney Tops Trail, get a view of the gorgeous sunrise or sunset, enjoy the beautiful backdrop or just go up to the Old Smoky Observation Tower and get a 360-degree panoramic view.

For a romantic experience, go for a 1-hour ride in a horse-drawn carriage with your love in the scenic Cades Cove meadow.

You can spend the night in the local campground under the star or stay in one of the several hotels in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or Townsend.

Recommended Hotel: The Park Vista – A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Gatlinburg

Related: Places to Visit in Tennessee

14. Roan Mountain

Roan Mountain

Roan Mountain, TN Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Roan Mountain is a tiny town that is nestled under the mighty Roan Mountain.

A very scenic little town, Roan Mountain is the perfect place to spend a weekend away from the hustle-bustle of the city.

The gorgeous Roan Mountain offers scenic beauty and stunning views all year round, but it truly comes to life during the Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival every year in June.

For outdoorsy, adventurous families, Roan Mountain has plenty of exciting hiking trails that you can explore while wading through the many rivers flowing.

A visit to Roan Mountain is incomplete without a visit to the Roan Mountain State Park, which is spread across over 2,000 acres of land, covered by a forest of rich hardwood.

In the park, you can tour the 100-year-old Miller Farmstead, hike along the ridges and creeks or go cross-country skiing during the winter.

And, when you’re done with all the trekking and hiking and want to settle down for something more relaxing, then you can go trout fishing in the Doe River flowing through the center of the park.

Recommended Hotel: Carnegie Hotel & Spa

Related: Best Day Trips From Knoxville

15. Watauga Lake

Watauga Lake

Watauga Lake, TN Visit Website Open in Google Maps

A hidden gem nestled within the Cherokee National Forest and the Appalachian Mountains; the stunningly scenic Watauga Lake is among the most gorgeous lakes in Tennessee.

A 5-hour drive from Nashville and only accessible by the winding mountain roads, Watauga Lake is a beautiful location for a peaceful and rejuvenating weekend getaway.

Watauga Lake may be quiet and serene, but surprisingly it has plenty of things for you to do.

You can either choose to camp close to nature in the backcountry along the Laurel Fork Creek or at the Carden’s Bluff lakeshore and simply relax.

Or, if you want to do something adventurous, then you can go hiking around the lake or through the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, which runs through the backcountry of the area.

There is plenty of water recreation including fishing, swimming or enjoying various water sports including kayaking, boating, boat launching or water skiing.

Recommended Hotel: Lakefront Butler Home

16. Choo Choo Hotel

Choo Choo Hotel

92 Choo Choo Ave Chattanooga, TN 37408 (423) 266-5000 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

If you’re in Chattanooga, then a stay at the Choo Choo Hotel offers an experience of a lifetime.

Located in the center of downtown Chattanooga, the Choo Choo Hotel is the perfect example of the history of the city.

Once a train terminal that helped to drive the Industrial Revolution in the late 19th century in America, it was converted into a hotel in 1989.

The hotel offers a range of themed accommodations and you can choose from the 48 Victorian train cars, rooms and suites.

The interiors of the train cars have been restored beautifully and fitted with modern luxuries and amenities such as whirlpool tubs, loveseats, king-sized beds and wet bars, that will make your stay at the Choo Choo Hotel truly memorable.

While you stroll through the gardens of the hotel, work out at the gym or relax at one of the many hotel pools, your kids can have a whale of a time on the Chattanooga Choo Choo Trolley.

After the kids have retired for the day, you can continue your day of relaxation by unwinding at the Victorian Lounge where you can sip on your cocktails, handcrafted beer, wine or frozen drinks.

17. Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg, TN (865) 436-4178 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

A little gem nestled in eastern Tennessee with a wide range of attractions, Gatlinburg is a great destination for weekend trips in Tennessee.

Right from enjoying the stunning views of the Gatlinburg Space Needle, Gatlinburg Skybridge and Clingman’s Dome, Gatlinburg has loads of other things to do such as the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is wonderful for hiking or camping and the Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway, which offers stunning views of Gatlinburg’s skyline.

If you want some adventures, then don’t miss the opportunity to ski at Tennessee’s only ski resort, the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort or drive down the Roaring Fork Motor Trail.

The young ones in the family are sure to love the Ripley’s Aquarium and the Guinness World Records Museum, the Anakeesta theme park or ride on the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster.

Recommended Hotel: Greystone Lodge on the River

Related: Things to Do in Tennessee

18. Sewanee Inn

Sewanee Inn

1235 University Avenue Sewanee, TN, 37375 (931) 598-3568 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Located at the doorstep of the University of South campus, the Sewanee Inn is a very popular getaway.

Situated on Sewanee’s renowned 9-hole golf course, the Sewanee Inn is a boutique-style hotel with 43 nicely decorated rooms and suites that offer the stunning sights of the rolling Tennessee Mountains.

The inn also has a full-service lounge and more than 8,000 sq. ft. of event space for weddings and other events.

You can either relax in the elegant atmosphere of the inn enjoying the excellent service or you can get out and explore the attractions the place offers.

If you want to indulge in outdoor activities, then you can enjoy a round of golf on the golf course or you can hike along the numerous Appalachian trails.

Related: Best Day Trips From Memphis

19. Loews Vanderbilt

Loews Vanderbilt

2100 West End Avenue Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 320-1700 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

If you are in Nashville for the weekend, then a stay at the Loews Vanderbilt is a “must do.”

The iconic Loews Vanderbilt Hotel is located in the heart of the city within walking distance of Nashville’s most popular attractions.

The design elements of the Loews Vanderbilt hotel are a combination of retro with modern and the hotel has around 350 rooms and suites offering the highest levels of comfort and relaxation.

You can savor Southern-style food at the Mason restaurant or sip on the hand-crafted cocktails at the Mason Bar.

And, if you are in the mood for some exercise, take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary access to their fully equipped fitness center and burn the calories away.

So, whether you are in Nashville on a fun-filled family vacation or a romantic getaway, you’re sure to love your stay at the Loews Vanderbilt.

20. The Carnegie Hotel and Spa

The Carnegie Hotel and Spa

1216 W. State of Franklin Road Johnson City, TN 37604 (866) 757-8277 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, The Carnegie Hotel and Spa is a luxurious boutique replica hotel that is a homage to the Carnegie Hotel, which was opened in 1891 in Johnson City before it was destroyed in a fire in 1910.

The Four Diamond property has a gorgeous traditional Baroque décor and a charming ambiance that will give you the experience of the era gone by along with modern amenities to make your stay extremely comfortable.

The Carnegie Hotel has around 140 rooms and suites that are luxuriously appointed with large soaking tubs, soft mattresses and plush pillows that are sure to delight you.

The other amenities offered at the hotel include a full-service spa, a fitness center, a heated indoor pool and the award-winning Wellington’s Restaurant.

21. Deer Ridge Mountain Resort

Deer Ridge Mountain Resort

3710 Weber Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-2325 Open in Google Maps

If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway, then check into the Deer Ridge Mountain Resort.

Situated around 20 km from Gatlinburg, the spacious condo resort is tucked away in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

A perfect choice for its wonderful views of the stunning sunrises and sunsets in the Smoky Mountains, the Deer Ridge Mountain Resort is perfect for couples or families.

You can stay in one of the secluded cabins or the condos at the resort.

The main building of the resort has an indoor pool, a lounge, a sauna room with a sun deck and a laundry room.

The resort offers other facilities including tennis courts, picnic tables and playground grills.

Related: Things to Do in Tennessee with Kids

22. Chattanooga

Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN (423) 756-8687 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Situated on the edge of the Tennessee River, Chattanooga is among the most romantic getaways in Tennessee.

Chattanooga gets the nickname “Scenic City” for good reason as it is surrounded by mountains all around offering stunning views.

The southern destination has plenty of options that can make your Tennessee vacation truly memorable.

For history buffs, the historical city has loads to offer right from a stay in a train car at the iconic Chattanooga Choo hotel to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

If you’re a nature lover, then you’re sure to love the Riverpark with its views of the Tennessee River, busy fishing piers, the Tennessee River Gorge, the Ruby Falls, an underground waterfall and the Tennessee Aquarium, the Raccoon Mountain Caverns and the Lookout Mountain.

Downtown Chattanooga offers you the taste of life in the city with its shops, restaurants, waterfront walkways, museums, the Creative Discovery Museum, the Coolidge Park with its 100-year-old carousel and tinkling fountains, burgeoning art galleries and energetic nightlife.

Recommended Hotel: The Read House

Related: Best Day Trips From Chattanooga

23. Brookside Resort

Brookside Resort

463 East Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (865) 436-5611 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

If you’re in Gatlinburg, then the “home with 100 bedrooms”, i.e., the Brookside Resort is a great choice.

Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the family-owned and run resort has been welcoming guests since the 1930s.

The resort is located in a 10-acre wooded area and has guest rooms overlooking the Roaring Fork Mountain Creek.

The resort’s facilities include 2 swimming pools, an 8-foot waterfall, a BBQ and fire pit, laundry and a well-equipped fitness center.

And, if you’re looking for something to do with your family, then there are many activities including biking, hiking, paddling, golf and fishing.

24. Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm

1471 West Millers Cove Road Walland, TN 37886 (800) 557-8864 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Located in the center of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Blackberry Farm is a lovely resort spread across 4,200 acres of land, where you can enjoy 5-star service and luxurious accommodation in idyllic surroundings.

Famous for its farm-to-table fare, the resort offers cuisine carefully curated by the master gardener, chef, baker, chocolatier, cheesemaker and sommelier.

The resort has a brewery and working farm on the estate, which produces fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, wildflower honey and ales.

The resort has a hill cottage, a house with a fully equipped kitchen or estate rooms that you can choose from.

25. Memphis

Memphis

Memphis, TN (901) 545-5731 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

If you’re looking for Tennessee vacation ideas, then you can’t go wrong with a trip to Memphis .

Famous for various genres of music, rock & roll, blues, soul and gospel, a visit to Memphis is sure to get your musical senses going.

There are scores of things to do in Memphis other than just music—explore exciting destinations including the Sun Studios, Beale Street, Elvis Presley’s 14-acre Graceland mansion, Memphis Rock n’ Soul Museum, Cotton Museum and the National Civil Rights Museum.

If you want to do something romantic with your partner, then take a stroll in the tranquil 96-acre Japanese Garden with its Red Drum bridge, koi pond and Moongazing Pavilion.

Go on a romantic dinner and music cruise on the Mississippi River or opt for the Valentine’s Day cruise, sunset cruise or fireworks cruise on special occasions.

A visit to the Mud Island River Park, the Memphis Zoo and the unique and super-cute “Duck March” on the red carpet at the iconic Peabody Memphis are must-dos for families with little ones.

Recommended Hotel: Peabody Memphis

Related: Family Hotels in Tennessee

26. Evins Mills

Evins Mills

1535 Evins Mill Road Smithville, TN 37166 (615) 269-3740 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Originally the estate of Joe Evins, a US Congressman, Evin Mills is a woodland resort today.

The resort is situated in Smithville, Tennessee and offers all the facilities of a luxury resort nestled in a scenic woodland setting.

Bordered by the forests and the mountains, the Evins Mills resort has a rugged appeal.

The 40-acre property offers luxurious accommodations, gourmet cuisine and many on-site activities such as fishing, hiking, swimming, lawn games and bonfires and excursions nearby.

27. Nashville

Nashville

Nashville, TN (615) 259-4700 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Home to the best country singers and musicians, Nashville is among the best places for weekend getaways in TN.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant birthplace of famous stars like Johnny Cash, Blake Shelton and Toby Keith and visit the iconic places such as the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame and Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Apart from exploring the city’s musical landmarks, you can also visit the lovely historic homes and historical monuments such as the Belle Meade Plantation.

Check out the city’s vibrant food scene, drink whiskey cocktails as you go bar-hopping and get your fill of country music or enjoy an evening cruise on the Cumberland River.

If you’re visiting Nashville with your lil ones, they’re sure to love the Nashville Zoo, see animals and take a trip on the Wilderness Express Train or you can go on a Centennial Park tour.

Recommended Hotel: Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Downtown

28. Riverstone Resort and Spa

Riverstone Resort and Spa

212 Dollywood Lane Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 (865) 908-0660 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Just minutes away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Riverstone Resort and Spa is one of the best resorts in Pigeon Forge and is located along the Little Pigeon River.

The resort with its scenic views offers well-appointed luxurious condos and cabins and is a wonderful vacation spot for couples and families.

You can pamper yourself at the spa at the resort, swim in the indoor swimming pool, float on the outdoor lazy river, work out at the fitness center, party at the BBQ area set with picnic tables or explore the various attractions, entertainment and dining options closeby.

29. Music City Loft

Music City Loft

162 4th Ave N. Nashville, TN 37219 (615) 378-5225 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Situated in Nashville, Music City Loft offers convenient, affordable, yet luxurious and comfortable vacation rentals in the city for your weekend getaway.

The Music City Loft has 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom loft rentals and each loft-style room is dedicated to the country music stars like Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and more.

The loft has exposed brick ceilings, hardwood floors and large windows overlooking the city of Nashville, all of which give you an authentic feel.

Located conveniently in the heart of downtown Nashville, Music City Loft is within easy walking distance of all the attractions in the city.

30. Eagle’s Ridge Resort

Eagle’s Ridge Resort

2740 Florence Dr Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 (877) 978-3430 Visit Website Open in Google Maps

Perfect for a family or romantic getaway, the Eagle’s Ridge Resort in Pigeon Forge is an amazing place to stay where you are surrounded by stunning nature.

Stay in one of the 233 well-appointed log cabins that offer you complete serenity in a wooded setting surrounded by foliage and flowers all around.

All the log cabins feature fully-equipped kitchens, hot tubs, fireplaces and whirlpool tubs so that you can enjoy with your loved one or you can use the resort’s swimming pool with the sun deck with other guests.

You can enjoy the in-house activities at the resort’s clubhouse or explore the attractions such as the trails, kayaking, whitewater rafting and more.

31. The Read House Historic Inn and Suites

The Read House Historic Inn and Suites

107 W MLK Blvd Chattanooga, TN 37402 (423) 266-4121 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

If you want to enjoy a historic getaway with unique charm, then The Read House Historic Inn and Suites in Chattanooga is a charming place that you’re sure to love.

Located in the center of the downtown area, the property is located conveniently within walking distance from most attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Tennessee Riverwalk, Chattanooga Choo Choo and AT&T Ballpark and more.

The luxurious property 235 has nicely-appointed, comfortable rooms and suites that you can choose from.

The hotel has a well-equipped business center and fitness center and when you’re done working, you can simply relax at the hotel’s luxurious spa, lie on the outdoor deck and soak up the sun, swim in the indoor pool under the cascading waterfall or simply stroll with your loved one in the fountain courtyard.

32. The Chattanoogan

The Chattanoogan

1201 Broad Street Chattanooga, TN 37402 (423) 756-3400 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Located along Broad Street in the Southside district, The Chattanoogan in Chattanooga is situated very close to the University of Chattanooga and The Tennessee Aquarium.

With its elegant décor and spacious interiors, the hotel offers stunning views and excellent facilities.

Choose from the range of 199 well-furnished rooms and suites, designed to make you feel at home.

The hotel has many facilities where you can enjoy a full-service luxurious spa, an indoor pool, outdoor fire pit, state-of-the-art business center, fitness center, and steam and sauna rooms and 3 restaurants.

33. The Butterfly Hollow

The Butterfly Hollow

28 Bussell Lane Gordonsville, TN 38563 (615) 784-8551 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Perfect for a romantic getaway, The Butterfly Hollow is a hidden gem in Nashville.

Tucked into the foothills of the Cumberland Plateau, this romantic hideaway is a luxurious bed and breakfast that is nestled on 82 acres of secluded land.

The B&B offers 3 private luxurious bedrooms, a relaxing hot tub and a covered porch where you can relax, rewind and refresh yourself.

If you’re done relaxing and are in the mood for some outdoor fun, then The Butterfly Hollow has a range of outdoor activities that you can check out including the several miles of biking and hiking trails near the B&B.

So, if you’re looking for some me-time or a relaxing time with your mate or friends, then The Butterfly Hollow can be the perfect scenic getaway offering the perfect combination of nature, solitude and peace.

So, that brings us to the end of our guide to some of the best weekend getaways in Tennessee.

We hope that after reading about all the places to visit and stay in Tennessee, you will be tempted to add some to your vacation itinerary soon.

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Comparing destinations: which one is right for you.

Choosing the right hotel for you doesn’t have to be a headache, and you certainly don’t have to lose sleep over it.

It’s important to choose a hotel that suits your preference the most, apart from it being within your budget.

If you’re more of an indoors person, I recommend going for the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

This huge resort has a mall, is close to several local attractions like the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium, and offers luxurious rooms.

However, the resort is so big you’ll have to do plenty of walking.

The Union Station Nashville Yards is great for people who love to walk and be close to Nashville attractions.

The hotel itself gives off an Old-World vibe in all its luxury, and the service is impeccable.

The maintenance in some rooms could be improved and aren’t as modern, but it’s still worth the stay.

A fantastic alternative to this hotel at Memphis is the Peabody Memphis, a historic hotel known for its rustic luxury.

I had to put the Hermitage Hotel as the top because who doesn’t like a little bit of history?

This hotel is Nashville’s most original and longest standing hotel, with beautiful luxurious family rooms and iconic museums.

It’s known for its impeccable service, and there’s plenty of family-friendly fun on-site.

However, some people might not like it because it’s not as modern. 

How I Picked The Destinations 

I grew up traveling often, so I’ve spent most of my life in hotels and resorts.

And as a parent, I’ve learned to factor in my family’s fun, safety, and convenience when choosing a place to stay.

Of course, I have to stay within budget, which is something I had to do plenty of research on before visiting these resorts.

Our Property Rating Method 

I rate these properties based on the following criteria:

  • Room Variety: I use this to rate the room options offered by every property. What room types are available? Can it accommodate different budgets, group sizes, and preferences? I ask myself these questions when evaluating the property’s room variety. 
  • Comfort and Cleanliness: This measures the overall cleanliness and comfort of the accommodations. Does it have comfortable beds? Are the rooms spotless and dust-free? These are important factors I consider when rating comfort and cleanliness. 
  • Location: This is used to evaluate how convenient and accessible the property is. How close is it to the attractions? Are there good public transportation options near the location? Is it easily accessible for families? These questions are important when I rate the location of every accommodation. 
  • Affordability: I use this to evaluate the property’s affordability. Are the room rates reasonable? Does the property have any additional fees? Does the property offer discounts or packages? I ask myself this in order to rate affordability. 
  • Family-Friendliness: This evaluates the family-friendliness of each property. Does it offer babysitting services and children’s activities? Does it have connecting rooms for families? I use these questions to rate the family-friendliness of the property. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

What month is best to visit nashville.

The best months to visit Nashville are April through October when the warm weather brings life to the city’s outdoor activities and renowned music festivals. However, October and November specifically offer pleasant temperatures and beautiful fall foliage, and fewer tourists than the summer months.

What Are Some Outdoor Activities To Enjoy In Tennessee?

Some outdoor activities you can enjoy in Tennessee include hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, kayaking on the Tennessee River, or fishing on the Cumberland River.

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Tennessee is a beautiful state to visit, and its hotels and resorts are countless to accommodate tourists.

Some of these resorts gave us some of the best weekend getaways in Tennessee, and it’s about time you have yours too.

My family loved the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. 

It’s close to zoos and museums, and there were plenty of fun things the kids could do on-site.

The Union Station Nashville Yards was also a great stay, and the best part was the rain forest walk-in shower in our bathroom.

When we visited Memphis, we had to stay in The Peabody to see what the hype was all about, and it was well worth our money.

Not only was it luxurious, but the kids had plenty of things to enjoy and they even had evening entertainment every night.

But personally, and from what I’ve heard from tourists and locals, the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville steals the spotlight.

It’s one of the oldest hotels in the country, and there were plenty of fascinating stories we listened to there.

The family rooms were spacious and luxurious, the food was phenomenal, and it was within walking distance to everything.

It was worth every buck I spent and it’s now our go-to hotel whenever we visit.

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Blackberry Farm - 3 hours from Nashville, TN

Relax at the romantic sewanee inn, sleep in an authentic train car at the hotel chalet - 2 hours, bring the family to the eagles ridge resort - 3 hours 30 minutes.

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Blackberry Farm - 3 hours from Nashville, TN

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Relax at the Romantic Sewanee Inn

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Sleep in an Authentic Train Car at The Hotel Chalet - 2 hours

1400 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402, Phone: 423-266-5000

Bring the Family to the Eagles Ridge Resort - 3 hours 30 minutes

2740 Florence Dr., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, Phone: 866-369-2946

The Peabody Memphis

The Peabody Memphis

149 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103, Phone: 901-529-4000

The Lodge at Buckberry Creek - 3 hours 40 minutes

The Lodge at Buckberry Creek - 3 hours 40 minutes

961 Campbell Lead Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738, Phone: 865-430-8030

Evins Mill - 1 hour 15 minutes

Evins Mill - 1 hour 15 minutes

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The Read House Historic Inn and Suites - 2 hours

The Read House Historic Inn and Suites - 2 hours

827 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402, Phone: 407-536-2735

The Chattanoogan, a Weekend Getaway - 2 hours from Nashville, TN

The Chattanoogan, a Weekend Getaway - 2 hours from Nashville, TN

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Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, Pigeon Forge

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, Pigeon Forge

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The Hermitage in Downtown Nashville

The Hermitage in Downtown Nashville

231 Sixth Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219, Phone: 888-888-9414

The Butterfly Hollow - 50 minutes

The Butterfly Hollow - 50 minutes

28 Bussell Lane, Gordonsville, TN 38563, Phone: 615-784-8551

The Oliver - 2 hours 45 minutes

The Oliver - 2 hours 45 minutes

407 Union Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902, Phone: 865-521-0050

Loews Vanderbilt

Loews Vanderbilt

More ideas: Day Trips from Memphis and from Chattanooga

General Morgan - 3 hours 45 minutes

General Morgan - 3 hours 45 minutes

More ideas: Things to Do in Murfreesboro

The Carnegie Hotel and Spa - 4 hours 15 minutes

The Carnegie Hotel and Spa - 4 hours 15 minutes

More ideas: Clarksville

Clarion Inn Willow River - 3 hours 15 minutes

Clarion Inn Willow River - 3 hours 15 minutes

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Whitestone Inn, Kingston

Whitestone Inn, Kingston

More ideas: Things to Do in Bristol, TN

Wilderness at Smokies River Lodge, Sevierville

Wilderness at Smokies River Lodge, Sevierville

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Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville

Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville

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Nashville

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is the place to watch a Broadway show or enjoy opera, ballet or repertory. Centennial Park is a popular city green space with various walking and jogging trails, it also houses the Centennial Art Center and a children’s art activity center. You can enjoy boating on Lake Watauga and foodies can find fresh local produce and great meals at The Nashville Farmers Market.--->

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Pigeon forge, driving distances from nashville.

  • 1. Blackberry Farm - 3 hours from Nashville, TN
  • 2. Relax at the Romantic Sewanee Inn
  • 3. Sleep in an Authentic Train Car at The Hotel Chalet - 2 hours
  • 4. Bring the Family to the Eagles Ridge Resort - 3 hours 30 minutes
  • 5. The Peabody Memphis
  • 6. The Lodge at Buckberry Creek - 3 hours 40 minutes
  • 7. Evins Mill - 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 8. The Read House Historic Inn and Suites - 2 hours
  • 9. The Chattanoogan, a Weekend Getaway - 2 hours from Nashville, TN
  • 10. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, Pigeon Forge
  • 11. The Hermitage in Downtown Nashville
  • 12. The Butterfly Hollow - 50 minutes
  • 13. The Oliver - 2 hours 45 minutes
  • 14. Loews Vanderbilt
  • 15. General Morgan - 3 hours 45 minutes
  • 16. The Carnegie Hotel and Spa - 4 hours 15 minutes
  • 17. Clarion Inn Willow River - 3 hours 15 minutes
  • 18. Whitestone Inn, Kingston
  • 19. Wilderness at Smokies River Lodge, Sevierville
  • 20. Gaylord Opryland Resort, Nashville
  • 21. Nashville

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Weekend Getaways in Tennessee – Enjoy an Amazing 48 Hours

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Ready for a fun-filled weekend getaway in the Volunteer state? If you love the great outdoors mixed in with a little urban adventure, you can be sure that there is a destination across the state of Tennessee that will spark your interest. From experiencing the best street art in Memphis , to the best coffee shops in Nashville , and exploring the iconic Cades Cove Loop in the Great Smoky Mountains , Tennessee has a plethora of destinations that should be on your radar. If you looking to find the best weekend getaways in Tennessee, keep reading…as we think this collection will have you itching to book a trip in the near future.

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Weekend Getaways in Tennessee

While the cities of Memphis and Nashville are undoubtedly popular destinations in this part of the US, there are a number of other locations across Tennessee that should be on your radar. Lesser known destinations such as Franklin or Fall Creek Falls State Park are equally attractive and should be considered for a weekend getaway, but we hope that you are inspired by any or all of the following spots that are ideal spots to spend 48 hours enjoying the inherent beauty of Tennessee.

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Let’s take a look at which locations across Tennessee are on our list of recommendations. We would also like to thank our awesome contributors who are local experts and residents of Tennessee for sharing insider knowledge as to their chosen destinations.

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When you think about a Tennessee stereotype, it’s possible that the likes of Elvis Presley, BBQ and an eclectic music scene will frequently be at the top of many lists. All of these are associated with the city of Memphis, located on the western side of the state on the banks of the iconic Mississippi River.

mississippi river bridge

Whether you are intrigued by taking a tour around Graceland to learn more about Elvis’ heritage and lifestyle, or perhaps you want to head downtown to visit Sun Studio, frequently recognized as the “birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll”, Memphis has an abundance of attractions that you can add to an action-packed weekend getaway.

graceland

Why not start in the downtown area to experience the heart and soul of Memphis along Beale Street, one of the most iconic downtown streets not only in this part of the south but across the US, before venturing to Sun Studio to learn how Elvis and many other iconic artists kickstarted their careers here.

For those that enjoy the arts and culture of a city, there are ample examples of street art highlighting the creative nature of the city, while the “foodies” visiting the city will likely want to sample stereotypical BBQ from restaurants such Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous, Central BBQ or Neely’s Interstate BBQ.

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Take a stroll along the banks of the Mississippi to admire the iconic Pyramid structure that has been transformed into perhaps the most unique Bass Pro Shops outdoor and adventure store. For those that want to experience a little retail therapy, the Germantown area of the city is one of the most popular among locals and visitors alike with the Wolfchase Galleria and Saddle Creek Malls offering plenty of high profile stores to fit all fashion styles.

memphis street art

Stereotypically known as the home of country music, Nashville offers visitors the opportunity to experience an eclectic blend of attractions that has made this such a popular city among travelers from all corners of the globe.

nashville skyline

Whether you are intrigued by the prospect of learning all about country music at the iconic Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry or the Country Music Hall of Fame , or perhaps you want to visit the one true replica of the Parthenon in Centennial Park, Nashville will have something that will likely spark your interest.

centennial park nashville

Walk downtown Nashville along Broadway to experience the true “honky tonk” bar scene, before heading across the Cumberland River to take in the Batman building along with other iconic buildings with a spectacular Nashville skyline. For those ready to see one of Nashville or surrounding areas next country music star, head to the Bluebird Cafe as performers here frequently end up being the next iconic star in this genre.

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Ready to experience the history and heritage of Nashville? Head over to Belle Meade Plantation to enjoy a guided tour of this Greek-Revival landmark that is infamous for being home to stables that have a collection of thoroughbred horses that went on to win some of the most iconic horse races in the world.

Exploring the collection of vibrant neighborhoods in Nashville , such as the Gulch, 12South, or Hillsboro Village, offers visitors the opportunity to explore what locals enjoy, with restaurants, local boutique stores, coffee shops and more on offer in all of these.

Chattanooga, located in the southeastern part of the state, has a wide range of activities to keep anyone busy such as hiking, delicious restaurants, and unique attractions. Visit the Tennessee Aquarium to see over 10,000 marine animals and pet a stingray. Check out penguins, sharks, seahorses, and more here. 

Take an elevator 260 feet into the earth to make your way to Ruby Falls, the deepest and highest waterfall located underground in the nation. This waterfall plunges 145 feet in Lookout Mountain, another tourist destination in which you can see 7 states on a clear day.

While in the area don’t forget to check out the funicular railway that takes you to the top of Lookout Mountain. The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway is the steepest passenger railway in the world and provides beautiful views along its one mile trip.

Chattanooga

History buffs will enjoy a trip to Sunset Rock, which is located in part of the oldest and largest Civil War national park. The panoramic view overlooking Chattanooga is breathtaking. Chattanooga has plenty of outdoor activities such as nearby hiking trails, waterfalls, and rock climbing areas. The riverwalk is a happening place with biking facilities and summer concerts. The Chattanooga Zoo is a fun place for families to spend an afternoon.

Chattanooga

Eat at the City Cafe Diner. There’s something for everyone and the dessert menu is extravagant and delicious. Don’t miss Clumpies for its hand made ice cream. If you are looking for somewhere unique to stay, stay in the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this hotel allows you to stay in a modified Pullman train car. 

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, family time, or for some adventure, Chattanooga is the place to be. 

Thanks to Becci Edington from Tattling Tourist for sharing her thoughts on why Chattanooga is the perfect Tennessee weekend getaway destination.

Recognized as the “Gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” the mountain town of Gatlinburg offers an abundance of attractions for visitors who are exploring the area or simply using it as a base to enjoy the inherent natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains.

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The iconic Space Needle observation tower stands at over 400 feet, providing epic panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains and surrounding communities. The Sky Lift will transport visitors to Ober Gatlinburg, frequently recognized for its popular amusement park and ski resort. One of the newer additions to Gatlinburg’s eclectic collection of attractions is the SkyBridge that stands 1,800 feet above sea level and is the longest pedestrian cable bridge in North America.

gatlinburg sky tower

For those looking for a little less adventure, head downtown Gatlinburg to sample one of the many moonshine bars before taking a couple of jars as lasting memories. Whether you are enticed into one of the Ripley’s attractions (Aquarium, Believe It or Not! Museum, Haunted Adventure among others), there are ample reasons to justify spending a couple of days in this part of Tennessee.

The nearby Great Smoky Mountains are perhaps the main reason for visiting this part of the state. A drive through the iconic Cades Cove Loop will likely offer plenty of wildlife sightings, while there are plenty of hikes that offer breathtaking scenery and waterfall adventures.

cades cove loop smoky mountains

While the nearby city of Nashville deservedly attracts visitors from all corners of the globe, there is a smaller community that is equally deserving yet frequently lies in the shadow of the nearby metropolis. The city of Franklin lies 20 miles south of Nashville and is a popular residence for some of the leading country music starts who have claimed their fame on the Grand Ole Opry stage and look to enjoy their life out of the limelight in this nearby historic community.

downtown franklin

The downtown area of Franklin offers an eclectic blend of boutique stores, restaurants and other whimsical attractions that visitors can enjoy before heading over to The Factory which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is now home to an additional collection of stores, restaurants and offices.

the factory franklin

For the historians out there looking to learn more about Tennessee history, the city of Franklin is perhaps one of the most iconic, especially in relation to the Civil War and the role this location played. Today, visitors can explore historic buildings such as the Lotz House Museum, Carnton Plantation, and Carter House. If you are looking for the best things to do in Franklin , you can be sure there are plenty of attractions that will satisfy all the family.

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Other Destinations

While have focused on five epic locations that we consider to be the perfect weekend getaway destinations in Tennessee, there are plenty of other areas that should be considered.

For those looking to enjoy the great outdoors, Falls Creek Falls State Park offers plenty of hiking trails and panoramic scenery year round. If you are traveling around the eastern side of the state and looking for another urban getaway, the city of Knoxville is worth exploring (and home of the University of Tennessee).

fall creek falls state park

One of our favorite recommendations is to combine a trip to two of Tennessee’s iconic cities, by taking a road trip from Memphis to Nashville . During the drive along I-40, spend some time in the city of Jackson which is the perfectly located to break up the 3 hour drive to Music City.

The state of Tennessee may not be the first area of the US you think about visiting for a weekend getaway, but with the collection of destinations ranging from urban to rural gems, this is definitely a state that should be on everyone’s radar.

While the cities of Memphis and Nashville continue to be popular attractions for visitors, those lesser known areas such as Franklin, Chattanooga among others deserve as much recognition and worth visiting for an epic weekend getaway.

Are there other areas of Tennessee that you would recommend visiting for a weekend getaway? If so, please let us know by sharing your comments below.

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I love Tennessee such a beautiful state with so much history!

I love Tennessee such a beautiful state with so much history. The Paris area is lovely too!

We haven’t been able to explore Tennessee outside of the major cities yet. Getting out for some hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains is high on our To Do list, as is exploring many of the smaller towns around the state. So much beauty and history – we can’t wait!

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15 Best Romantic (Weekend) Getaways in Tennessee

Tennessee: the land of iconic music, strong whiskey, and legendary barbeque. Whether you’re native to Tennessee or looking for a Southern escape to swoon your sweetheart, you better get those cowboy boots on and get ready for a weekend in the heart of Dixie Land.

Check out our list of the top 15 destinations for a romantic weekend getaway through Memphis, Nashville, and everything in between.

1. Loews Vanderbilt

Loews Vanderbilt

If you’re a country music fan, visiting Nashville is like dying and going to country music heaven. Immerse yourself in the vibrant place deemed Music City where stars like Johnny Cash, Toby Keith, and Blake Shelton were born.

And when you come to Nashville, there’s no better place to stay than the Loews Vanderbilt. With the “Rhythms of the South” Package, you and your loved one get a front-row ticket to the action. Sip on Tennessee whiskey cocktails at the rustic-chic bar onsite, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, and then enjoy a show at the Grand Ole Opry, the Nashville venue that “made country music famous.”

Website : https://www.loewshotels.com/vanderbilt-hotel

2. Little Valley Mountain Resort

Little Valley Mountain Resort

Nothing beats romance like a cabin in the mountains. Snuggle up to your loved one at the Little Valley Mountain Resort, nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.

Located along the vast Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this retreat is surrounded by wildlife, nature, and lush scenery. If you’re looking for a step up from camping but still want to bask in the serenity of the mountains, the Little Valley Mountain Resort is perfect.

At this expansive resort, couples can get out into nature for hiking, fishing, picnicking, and more. Relax in the heated swimming pool on-site and have date night at Mini Golf. Once you’re back at your cabin, you can soak in the hot tubs and unwind for the night or enjoy a game of pool with other guests.

Website : http://littlevalleymountainresort.com/

3. River Inn of Harbor Town

River Inn Memphis

Rated the #1 Best Hotel in Memphis by US News & World Report every year since 2011, the River Inn of Harbor Town marries the charm of the Old South with the intimacy of Europe. This crown jewel overlooks the Mississippi River and features wrought iron fixtures, gas-lit lanterns, and blooming window boxes on the outside. Looking in, the River Inn boasts a sparkling crystal chandelier, a wood-burning fireplace, original oil paintings, and warm candles to invite guests in warmly.

Dine atop the terrace as the River Inn’s appropriately named restaurant, Terrace, peering over the water. With the beautiful view in the background, you and your loved one can dig into local favorites such as the Catfish Fritters and the Fresh Fish of the Day as you sip on watermelon-inspired cocktails.

Website : http://www.riverinnmemphis.com/

4. The Carnegie Hotel and Spa

The Carnegie Hotel and Spa

Named after none other than the steel pioneer Andrew Carnegie, this luxurious hotel exudes Old World grandeur with a finish of modern comfort. You and your loved one will undoubtedly enjoy the peace and quiet of this elegant establishment in Johnson City during your next weekend getaway.

Indulge your taste buds at Wellington’s, the Carnegie Hotel upscale restaurant. In the morning, you can refuel with an egg and croissant sandwich, Southern Eggs Benedict (with a fried green tomato), Southern classic Biscuits & Gravy, and more. For dinner, feast on the Deconstructed Wellington, a filet mignon encased in a puff pastry, with mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables.

Website : http://www.carnegiehotel.com/

5. Eagles Ridge Resort

Eagles Ridge Resort

Escape from it all at the Eagles Ridge Resort. In the secluded woods of Eastern Tennessee, couples can take advantage of full intimacy by staying in one of the resort’s many log cabins.

All cabins come with fireplaces, hot tubs, whirlpool tubs, and fully-equipped kitchens. So you and your loved one can either hide away in privacy, or venture out to the resort’s outdoor swimming pool with a sun deck to socialize with guests.

Explore over 850 miles of hiking trails through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, try horseback riding through the mountains, and test your adventurous side with whitewater rafting, kayaking, or tubing. And of course, what’s this glorious state without country music? Dollywood is right around the corner from this mountain oasis.

Website : http://www.eaglesridge.com/

6. The Peabody

The Peabody, Memphis

Known as the “South’s Grand Hotel,” this Forbes Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond hotel in downtown Memphis will give you and your loved one a truly imperial getaway. Opening its doors in 1869, this luxury hotel offers high-class accommodations with a historic setting right in the city.

As you walk into the Peabody, you might notice something interesting: ducks floating around the lobby fountain. These special ducks are part of the hotel’s legacy. Back in the 1930s, General Manager Frank Schutt and a friend returned to the hotel after a hunting trip to Arkansas. Filling up a little too much on that Tennessee whiskey, the men thought it would be funny to place some of their duck decoys in the beautiful fountain at the entrance. And right there started the Peabody Duck tradition, where small ducks revel in the hotel’s fountain every day between 11 am and 5 pm.

In 1940, a then-bellman at the Peabody and former circus animal trainer taught the ducks the now-famous Peabody Duck March. You can catch them strutting down the red carpet of their very on each afternoon. When the ducks are off duty, they live the high life on the Peabody’s rooftop, in a $200,000 structure made of marble and glass with its own fountain, house, and a grassy “front yard.”

Website : http://www.peabodymemphis.com/

7. The Read House Historic Inn and Suites

The Readhouse Hotel - Lobby

Discover the timeless charm of Tennessee when you stay at the Read House in Chattanooga. This refurbished landmark originally opened in 1872 and has been a site for superb hospitality ever since. In fact, this historic inn has hosted many cultural icons throughout its life, from Winston Churchill to Oprah Winfrey and Al Capone.

Located right in downtown Chattanooga, the Read House offers guests a perfect launching pad to explore the scenic city. If you visit during the summer, make sure to check out the Riverbend Festival, featuring over 100 bands ranging from classic rock to bluegrass, and the Chattanooga Beast Feast BBQ Festival, showcasing the region’s best barbeque.

Website : http://www.thereadhousehotel.com/

8. Madison Hotel Memphis

Madison Hotel Memphis

And what’s a trip to Tennessee without visiting Memphis, the home of the one and only King of Rock ‘n’ Roll? This city where Elvis grew up has so much to offer, and it’s all just steps away from the exquisite Madison Hotel.

When in Memphis, you absolutely have to visit Graceland, Elvis’s extravagant home and absolute pride and joy. With a Graceland tour, you and your loved one can peer into the personal life of the King, experiencing where Elvis lived, relaxed, and changed the history of music forever. And it gets better; the multimedia iPad tour through the mansion is narrated by John Stamos!

When you’re done following in the footsteps of the King, come back to the sleek Madison for a night of romance. At Madison’s Twilight Sky Terrace, you and your loved one can take in the gorgeous sunset views over the Mississippi River while enjoying hand-crafted cocktails.

Website : http://www.madisonhotelmemphis.com/

9. Music City Loft

Music City Loft

Just as the name suggests, this Nashville destination makes sure music is at the center of your weekend getaway. Since each loft-style room pays homage to the country music giants, you and your loved one can choose between staying at the Willie [Nelson], Johnny [Cash], Dolly [Parton], Taylor [Swift], and more.

The owners at Music City give you an authentic experience at this hotel, making you feel like a local in a loft with hardwood floors, exposed brick, soaring ceilings, and large windows gazing over the glorious city. Get your front-row ticket to the city of country music by staying at this ideally-located downtown hotel, and then come back to a place that truly feels like home.

Website : http://www.musiccityloft.com/

10. RiverStone Resort & Spa

RiverStone Resort & Spa

Let yourself be pampered once in a while! At the RiverStone Resort & Spa, that’s exactly how you and your loved one will feel. This weekend getaway is perfect for couples looking to relax and unwind in the peace and quiet.

Spread out in your elegantly adorned guest room complete with plush bedding and a balcony overlooking the river. Visit the full-service spa on-site for therapeutic massages, herbal mud wraps, refresher facials, and more. You’ll leave this place feeling completely rejuvenated and relaxed.

Website : http://www.riverstoneresort.com/

11. Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel

Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel

With a slogan of “More than a Hotel,” the Choo Choo does not disappoint. This train-terminal-turned-hotel offers guests a unique experience to stay in a historic landmark that helped drive America’s great Industrial Revolution in the latter 19th century.

In 1941, a band by the name of Glenn Miller Orchestra even wrote a song about the terminal, simply called “Chattanooga Choo Choo” for the movie Sun Valley Serenade. When you stay at the Choo Choo, you’re embracing all of this rich history in your weekend getaway.

Website : http://choochoo.com/

12. The Hermitage

The Hermitage

This hotel is perfect for natives of the area, who have been there done that with the music scene in Nashville. When you want to spice up your love life for a weekend and impress the socks (and other things) off of your significant other, book a stay at the Hermitage in downtown Nashville.

This luxurious hotel is the proud recipient of the 2016 Forbes Five-star rating, the 2016 AAA Five Diamond rating, a member of the “Top 50 Hotels in the United States” by the U.S. News and World Report, and the list goes on and on.

Incorporating Nashville’s genuinely traditional sophistication, the Hermitage hosts guests in regal accommodations with top-of-the-line hospitality. Revel in the spacious Italian marble soaking tubs, savor the rich flavors of the Capitol Grille’s Southern recipes, and sip on a signature cocktail at the hotel’s Oak Bar, famous for its extensive 180-bottle Bourbon Library.

Website : https://www.thehermitagehotel.com/

13. Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm

“Slip into a Blackberry State of Mind,” as they say at this Inn. On this 4,200-acre farm, couples can soak up the majestic haven stretching over the Great Smoky Mountains.

At the Blackberry, fresh is key. The farm cultivates its own produce, wild flower honey, and artisan cheeses. In fact, the owners at Blackberry take their food so seriously that they have delegated the duties to focused professionals: the chef, the master gardener, the baker, the cheese maker, the forger, the butcher, the jam lady (yes, the jam lady), the chocolatier, and the sommelier.

Consider signing up for a culinary class held in the 18th century Amish bank barn at the farm, where you can taste the fresh ingredients themselves. And of course, it’s still Tennessee. You can also sign up for whiskey tastings to learn more about the craft of the amber glow.

Website : http://www.blackberryfarm.com/

14. Nashville Union Station

Nashville Union Station

And the hidden gem of Nashville that must be seen: Union Station Hotel. This impeccable structure once served as the main train station in Tennessee during the late 1800s and early 1900s. This regal building features 65-foot barrel-vaulted ceiling, 100-year-old Tiffany stained glass, and a spectacular lobby atrium that awes every passerby.

Reserve your stay in this famous piece of Tennessee history for your next romantic getaway. Enjoy a unique guest room, as no two suites are the same. And with the “Nights of Love” Package, you and your special someone will enjoy deluxe accommodations, breakfast for two, chocolate covered strawberries, and a bottle of champagne!

Website : http://www.unionstationhotelnashville.com/

15. Evins Mill

Evins Mill

Just east of Nashville, this lavish getaway in the mountains is just what you and your partner need to rekindle the flame.

Snuggle up in the luxurious creek-side guest room and gently fall asleep to the sound of the stream. Start your day with a farm-to-table breakfast buffet featuring eggs-to-order, buttermilk biscuits, creamy cedar grits, and more.

When you’re ready to head out of the upscale B&B for a day of adventure, Evins Mill wants to make sure you’re taken care of. Request a Lunch Package, which includes a hearty sandwich, chips, a side salad, fresh fruit, a granola bar, and a soda or bottled water. Now you won’t have to worry about finding a lunch spot to interrupt your fun in navigating the numerous lakes, waterfalls, wineries, marinas, and mountains in the region.

Website : http://www.evinsmill.com/

15 Best Romantic (Weekend) Getaways in Tennessee:

  • Loews Vanderbilt
  • Little Valley Mountain Resort
  • River Inn of Harbor Town
  • The Carnegie Hotel and Spa
  • Eagles Ridge Resort
  • The Peabody
  • The Read House Historic Inn and Suites
  • Madison Hotel Memphis
  • Music City Loft
  • RiverStone Resort & Spa
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel
  • The Hermitage
  • Blackberry Farm
  • Nashville Union Station

10 Best Weekend Getaways in Tennessee

By: Author Susan Moore

Posted on Last updated: May 2, 2024

A weekend getaway in Tennessee is the absolute perfect way to kick back, relax and enjoy everything from music to the great outdoors.

There are awesome cities like Memphis, Nashville, and Chattanooga where you’ll be hopping around town enjoying cultural institutions and historical sites by day and then dancing the night away.

If you’re looking for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city, don’t worry Tennessee has that covered too. There are so many cute little towns nestled into the mountains and plenty of parks where you’ll be immersed in nature in no time.

If you’re not sure where exactly to spend your next mini vacay, don’t worry. This list has the best weekend getaways in Tennessee to make your planning easy.

10 Best weekend getaways Tennessee.

Weekend Getaways in Tennessee

Memphis is seriously one of the coolest getaways in Tennessee. As the home of Blues and Rock’n’Roll, you’ll have tons to do day and night.

Some must-do things in Memphis include visiting the National Civil Rights Museum , Memphis Pyramid , and Sun Studios . At night head to Beale Street , it’s still the best place to see live music in Memphis.

Make sure Graceland , the home of Elvis Presley, is on your itinerary. You’ll love exploring where The King lived and seeing his personal possessions like costumes and private jets.

You won’t be surprised that Memphis is also on our list of best places to visit in Tennessee!

Hernando de Soto Bridge Memphis TN.

Memphis Tennessee Hernando de Soto Bridge

Chattanooga

Chattanooga has the perfect weekend getaway no matter what you’re in the mood for. This little city on the river has everything you love about nature and urban life.

Downtown you’ll find great places to stay, eat, and kick back. Take a stroll across the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge and check out the Hunter Museum of American Art .

History buffs will love to explore the National Cemetery , and Missionary Ridge .

Get into nature at Chattanooga’s Riverwalk or hike Lookout Mountain . You’ll love the walk and be rewarded with the views at the top.

Read our full list of cool things to do in Chattanooga

Walnut Street pedestrian bridge Chattanooga on a sunny day.

Take a walk across the Tennessee River on the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge in Chattanooga

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the best weekend getaways in Tennessee. Actually, make that in the whole country.

There’s so much to do in the Smokies, your weekend itinerary will be full of hiking, biking, kayaking, and even driving.

Most importantly, you’ll be surrounded by the beauty of nature no matter what you choose to do.

The Smokies are beautiful any time of year. But they are especially gorgeous during fall foliage and when spring flowers are in bloom.

Great Smoky Mountains beautiful fall foliage.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tennessee

Known as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, many visitors make Gatlinburg homebase to enjoy the national park.

But to be honest, Gatlinburg is a destination all on its own . Specifically, it makes for one of the best weekend getaways in Tennessee.

Nestled in the beautiful mountains, Gatlinburg is a super cute town full of unique shops, cafes and restaurants.

If you’re looking for adventure try Anakeesta theme park , Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster or Ober Gatlinburg .

Gatlinburg Tennessee.

Gatlinburg Tennessee

If you’re looking for an awesome city without all the crazy crowds, then Knoxville is the perfect place for your next weekend getaway in Tennessee.

Definitely plan to spend some time strolling around Market Square . This bustling area of town has cute shops, restaurants and cafes.

There’s even a farmers market where you can get the best in local produce.

Other Knoxville must-dos are the World’s Fair Park , Knoxville Museum of Art and the Ijams Nature Center .

For a super fun weekend getaway head to Nashville.

Known as the capital of country music there’s so much to do and see even if you’re not the biggest country fan.

Must-dos in town are the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry .

Then at night see and hear the real thing on Lower Broadway .

There, the bars and honky tonks are teeming with incredible live music that will get you up and dancing.

Nashville Tennessee.

Nashville Tennessee at sunset

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park is seriously one of the best weekend getaways for nature lovers in Tennessee.

As the name suggests, you’re sure to see some breathtaking waterfalls. There are also tons of trails and gorges to explore.

Staying in the park is easy with campsites, cabins and a luxury hotel-style lodge.

There’s also a bar, restaurant, golf course, swimming pool, and Canopy Challenge Course in the park making Fall Creek Falls one of the best weekend getaways in Tennessee.

Pigeon Forge

The Mountain town of Pigeon Forge is a perfect getaway in Tennessee and full of fun.

Definitely plan a day at Dollywood , Dolly Parton’s very own amusement park.

You’ll have tons of fun riding the coasters, eating county fair-themed food, and exploring Dolly’s life at the Chasing Rainbows Museum .

Shopping reigns supreme at The Island in Pigeon Forge. You’ll also find great places to eat and fun entertainment there too.

Other super interesting places in Pigeon Forge are the Titanic Museum and the Alcatraz East Museum . Both offer insights into these fascinating institutions.

Old Mill at Pigeon Forge Tennessee.

Pigeon Forge Tennessee

Roan Mountain State Park

Roan Mountain is one of the best weekend getaways in Tennessee for nature lovers.

Here you can hike along part of the Appalachian Trail and enjoy the streams that run through the park.

Learn about frontier life, the American Revolution and even see where David Crockett was born.

The best time to visit Roan is in June when the rhododendrons are in bloom. Roan Mountain is bursting with color and life.

Cumberland Mountain State Park

Cumberland Mountain State Park is another one of the best weekend getaways in Tennessee for nature lovers.

You can do just about anything in the park including hike, bike, fish, kayak, swim and play ball (basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts are all right there).

There’s even a restaurant in the park so there’s no need to venture out for food. To top it all off it’s the home to Bear Trace, a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. 

There you have it, the best weekend getaways in Tennessee. From a stay surrounded by the beauty of mother nature to a fun-filled weekend hitting up the sights in the city, this state has it all. Now that you’ve checked them all out all you have to do is pick one and go.

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The Perfect Three-Day Weekend in Nashville

Travel + Leisure is exploring America one three-day weekend at a time. Here’s what to do on a short trip to Tennessee’s music city.

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Nashville , the talented Southern city on Tennessee’s Cumberland River, is a vacation spot that’s a beautiful hybrid of metropolis and American heartland. Even if you think you don’t like country music, this soulful city will sway you with its attractions, amazing food, a nightlife scene filled with stellar live performances, and a stellar roster of top-quality hotels .

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Nashville’ s central location makes it an ideal destination for a road trip, but if you’re flying in to Nashville International Airport, head downtown to the center of the city. Hotels like Music City Loft and 404 Hotel , in the Gulch, are walking distance to your first stop. Nashville has plenty of public transportation, cabs, and rideshares—there’s even a free Joyride shuttle downtown—but if you rent there’s also plenty of parking. Start the day at Puckett’s Grocery . The place has been around since the 1950s and serves breakfast until 11 a.m. Order the ham steak and eggs with red-eye gravy.

Now properly fueled, walk down Fifth to Ryman Auditorium, the most famous former home of the Grand Ole Opry , two blocks away. You’ll soak up more than 100 years of American music history in the humble building that was originally built as a church. When your indoctrination is complete, take a left toward Broadway. Your first stop is the lavender Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, which shares the alley with the Ryman and often hosts Ryman performers after their shows. Spend the afternoon bar-hopping Honky Tonk row from Fifth Avenue to the waterfront, and seek out every stage for the best singers, fiddlers, and local talent.

For dinner, make a reservation at Husk, just south of downtown, for chef Sean Brock’s amazing ways with produce and creative noshes like fried chicken skin, served up in a country-house setting.

Start your day off early by heading out on Highway 100 for Loveless Cafe’s famous fried chicken and biscuits. It’s worth the ride and serves breakfast all day long.

Afterward, head into town for a walking tour along the waterway to the capitol. Start from Riverfront station and walk along First Avenue past Nissan Stadium and Riverfront Park to Woodland Street. Then hang a left toward the nearby Tennessee State Museum. It’s free and stocked with artifacts from Native American stone tools to early settlers’ household items. Then continue your walking tour around the Tennessee state capitol in Victory Park and head north along the Capitol Mall. You will end up in Germantown, where some of the city’s best pubs and restaurants have been cropping up.

In Germantown, City House opens at five, and you’ll want to be there early for their stellar wood-fired pizza with pork belly and cocktails with names like “Kevin.”

Your last stop of the day is Bluebird Cafe, outside of town in Green Hills. It’s a 90-seat spot in a strip mall, but don’t be surprised to see famous faces like LeAnn Rimes or Keith Urban on any given night. This songwriter’s venue has made names like Garth Brooks famous and is featured on the TV show Nashville . Make a reservation at least a week in advance for the nine o’clock seating and prepare to be schooled yet again by some of America’s greatest songwriters.

Later, head over to 404 Kitchen (especially if that’s where you’re staying) for a bourbon tasting.

No trip to Music City is complete without a taste of Nashville’s own hot chicken, and there are a few solid choices. Hattie B’s , for instance, a relative newcomer, gets recognition for its Midtown location and open, airy space. But only the tried and true original, Prince’s Hot Chicken, will open your world to all that is cayenne fried chicken goodness. So hop in your car and head to the north side of town; plan to arrive a little before noon to beat the crowd. Each quarter comes with white bread and a pickle, and don’t be ashamed to order the mild to start.

Go back into town to the Country Music Hall of Fame and sign up for the Historic RCA Studio B tour. You’ll visit the historic RCA Studio B, where Elvis Presley recorded over 200 songs and performers like Carrie Underwood make special recordings. Take a walk along 16th and 17th Avenues, also known as Music Square East and Music Square West, to immerse yourself in record labels, radio stations, live music venues, and the heart of America’s music scene. Try Tin Roof for laid-back live music of all kinds and draft beer or head up to Patterson House for craft cocktails and fancy bar bites like shrimp corn dogs.

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10 Weekend Getaways in Tennessee | Whiskey, Country Music, Volunteer Football and More

Even if you’re not from Tennessee, you’ve likely heard of things from there. The Southern state is known for Jack Daniels whiskey, country music, and finger-licking barbecue. From east to west, the Volunteer State has some of the most charming towns and alluring cities the South has to offer. Country roads wind from the plains to the hills of the Smoky Mountains and there’s far more to explore than just cities made famous by the music scene (we’re looking at you Nashville and Memphis).

Below, we’ve rounded up the best weekend getaways in Tennessee to make your next trip as sweet as the tea south of the Mason-Dixon.

Chattanooga | Unparalleled Outdoor Scene

Nicknamed the ‘Scenic City,’ Chattanooga is located right in the heart of the Tennessee Valley. Surrounded by mountains with the Tennessee River snaking through the valley, the views are incredible.

Chattanooga has twice been named ‘The Best Town Ever’ by Outdoor Magazine. The ample amount of outdoor activities are one of the main reasons young people are moving to Chattanooga. Hot summers and mild winters mean you can be outside, paddle boarding on the Tennessee River, or hang-gliding off Lookout Mountain, nine to ten months out of the year.

Where to eat in Chattanooga: For upscale Southern cooking, check out The Public House. Set in the heart of Warehouse Row, a chic shopping space in downtown Chattanooga, you should start with an order (or two) of the pimento cheese and fried pickles, hands down our favorite dish here.

Why fall?: Summers in the South are sweltering to say the least. Go in the fall when the leaves are bursting with color. It’s stunningly beautiful and the weather is perfect.

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Franklin | growing like a weed.

Named after Benjamin Franklin, this small town is the fastest growing city in the state of Tennessee. History buffs may know it for the Battle of Franklin during the Civil War, and old historic homes are still open to the public for tours.

Just 20-miles south of Nashville, Franklin focuses on taking things down a notch from the chaos of the city. The slower pace is palpable and reminiscent of a time gone by. ‘America’s Favorite Main Street’ is chock full of boutiques and mom-and-pop restaurants and visitors are welcome to spend the day strolling aimlessly about, just enjoying the tranquil atmosphere.

Where to eat in Franklin: Tupelo Honey – a favorite of locals and visitors alike. They take a creative twist on typical Southern classics like pimento cheese nachos, Southern fried chicken BLT, and Tupelo shrimp and grits — all from Chef Eric Gabrynowicz, a James Beard Award Semifinalist.

Other times to go to Franklin: Spring during Main Street Festival. Artists of every type stand proudly behind their booths, selling everything from handmade jewelry to hand-stamped leather goods. You really get a feel for the charm of this town during Main Street Fest.

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Gatlinburg | more tourists than locals.

Home to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited National Park in the U.S, Gatlinburg sits on less than 10 square miles. With only 4,200 residents, the town hosts more visitors (10 million annually!) than locals. People flock to the East Tennessee town to hike the park, ski the only ski resort in the whole state and sip moonshine.

The park is dog-friendly as long as pets are leashed, and the trails are gorgeous, making it a great thing to do with the whole family. The small town is great for a quick weekend trip or an afternoon stop if you’re just passing through.

Where to eat in Gatlinburg: Bennett’s Pit BBQ is a local favorite.

Other times to go to Gatlinburg: Visit Gatlinburg during the holiday season. You’ll be able to hike the mountains and ski while you’re in town. Plus the Village Shops are uber charming when they’re decorated for Christmas.

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Knoxville | volunteer country.

The people of Knoxville , Tennessee, the third-largest city in the state, really do bleed orange. This is Volunteer Country, a place that shuts down on Saturdays to share their school spirit.

Home of the University of Tennessee, and the nearly 30,000 students who attend, football season is the most important time of year. Neyland Stadium seats a staggering 102,455 people and is close to capacity for almost every home game. A Saturday at Neyland is a lot like Sundays at church for most people and they take their school spirit seriously. Pro tip — plan ahead and pack lots of orange and white clothing and you’ll blend right in. When the Tennessee Volunteers aren’t playing, you can enjoy walking around downtown’s Market Square, surrounded by dozens of shops, bars, and restaurants.

Where to eat in Knoxville: Head to The Tomato Head, where you’ll likely be seated amongst gaggles of college kids and families with kids. The restaurant is a favorite of all ages and serves delicious pizzas and sandwiches.

When to go to Knoxville: Go for a Volunteer football game, particularly a big rivalry match such as Georgia, Florida, or Alabama.

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Lookout mountain | is it tennessee or georgia.

Lookout Mountain straddles the state line so you’re not quite sure which state you’re in. Rock City, though technically in Georgia, is a beautiful place to visit. Built into the side of the mountain, the park features ancient rock formations that you get to crawl and slide between in order to pass through.

Impressive views of the Tennessee Valley reward you at several vistas and you can even see seven states from one vantage point atop Lover’s Leap. The town of Lookout Mountain is a charmer and winding streets take you through gorgeous neighborhoods and sometimes along precarious mountainside curves.

Where to eat near Lookout Mountain: Café on the Corner, set in an old grocery store from the early 1900s, serves delicious Southern food. Grab a patio seat if you can.

When to go to Lookout Mountain: Visit Lookout Mountain in the fall to catch the leaves changing colors. From the top of the mountain, you’ll have views of the entire Tennessee Valley which, in October, is awash in electric reds, oranges, and yellows as the fall foliage hits its peak.

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Lynchburg | whiskey-drenched charm.

You’ve probably heard of the most famous guy from this small town — one Mr. Jack Daniels. The whiskey distillery is based here and you should make time to sign up for a tour. Located in central Tennessee, Lynchburg is a legit one-stoplight town and has a population of only a few thousand people. The small-town charm extends to visitors, though, and you can be sure there’s enough whiskey to go around.

Where to eat in Lynchburg: Voted one of the best BBQ restaurants in the state, visitors must try Barrelhouse BBQ.

Other times to go to Lynchburg: Spring, when the flowers just being to bloom.

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Memphis | home of the king.

As you may well know, Elvis Presley called Memphis home. If you’re looking to visit, you can add visiting the King of Rock and Roll’s home to your itinerary. The music legend lived at Graceland mansion, and today the 14-acre estate is open to the public for daily tours.

Set right along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, famed Beale Street comes alive just as the sun sets. Music spills onto the streets from blues bars and jazz lounges and musicians still come to the city to record at famous studios on Beale. Southern hospitality is alive and well here – you simply won’t find nicer people — and best of all, it’s an affordable place to visit.

Where to eat in Memphis: You can’t come to the BBQ capital of the state and not get BBQ. Head to Central BBQ, where the line will likely be out the door on the weekend. Get a pulled pork sandwich topped with slaw, hot wings, dry rub ribs, and creamy mac and cheese — and maybe bring a friend to share with.

Other times to go to Memphis: Spring, before the summer sweats take over. This is the best time to see the city and be able to enjoy exploring outside without having a heat stroke.

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Nashville | music city.

The capital of the Volunteer State, Nashville has long been home to country music singers, songwriters, and hopefuls trying to make a name for themselves in the music scene. Downtown Nashville has always been filled with honky-tonks and cafes — the stages for many up and comers.

But modern-day Music City is much more than a music destination. The food scene is probably one of the hottest in the country right now; award-winning chefs are flying south to add their own personal flair to Southern cuisine culture and food critics are taking notice. From clothing designers and mixologists to boutique hotel owners and artists, creatives of all shapes and sizes are finding a home in Nashville.

Where to eat in Nashville: Princes Hot Chicken – and don’t you dare order anything spicier than Medium. The story goes, a woman suspected her man was cheating on her so she tried to use his love of fried chicken against him. One morning, she added crazy amounts of cayenne to her recipe, thinking the heat would hurt him. Turns out, he dug right in and enjoyed every bit. ‘He’ was Thronton Prince and Princes Hot Chicken was born. Now, 100 years later, the restaurant still draws a crowd.

Other times to go to Nashville: Early June for CMA Fest. Even if you aren’t a huge country music fan, the festival is a heck of a good time.

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Pigeon forge | birthplace of dolly parton.

The Great Smoky Mountains are the birthplace of one of the most famous country singers in the world. Dolly Parton was born and raised in Sevier County, which includes Pigeon Forge , and has left her mark on her hometown. Dollywood, her popular eponymous theme park, is one of the top draws for visitors. Nestled at the base of the Smoky Mountains, there are over 40 rides in the park. Next door, the waterpark Dollywood Splash Country is a great place to cool down.

Where to eat in Pigeon Forge: One of our favorite Dolly venues is the Dixie Stampede. It’s a dinner theater with a Southern twist. Watch as riders atop 32 gorgeous horses prance, race and do tricks. You’ll enjoy a delicious Southern supper while you enjoy the show.

Other times to go: Summertime, so you can enjoy both of Dolly’s parks.

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Townsend | gateway to the smokies.

Known as the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, Townsend is an especially small town in East Tennessee and a great base for exploring the outdoors. Here, you can stroll through the Smokies, spend an afternoon riding bikes around town, go fishing or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride.

We love packing a picnic and heading out to Cades Cove. The valley is one of the most popular sections of the Smokies and gets around two million visitors a year. You could easily lose track of the day lying in the grass, watching all the different types of wildlife mill about. Historic homesteads dot the cove and visitors can peek in and get a glimpse of the life early settlers here had.

Other times to go: For Spring Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day. The festival is in May and features bluegrass music, clogging performances, and delicious BBQ.

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Nashville Weekend Getaway: The Perfect 3 Days in Nashville Itinerary

last Updated: March 27, 2024 nashville tennessee

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Headed to Tennessee and looking for the best way to spend a weekend in Nashville?! You’re gonna have the best time ever – promise! The perfect Nashville weekend getaway guide, coming right up!

A stellar country music scene. Biscuits smothered in gravy. Boot-scootin and beer-swigging’. Hip boutiques and tons of live honky tonk. Oh, and you can’t forget about that scrumptious Nashville hot fried chicken. If that sounds like a whole lotta fun, you’ll wanna plan your 3-day Nashville itinerary right away!

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The city is a funky mix of Austin , New Orleans, and Las Vega s (and maybe even a little bit of Portland ). I just loved it!

Not everyone realizes this, but Nashville is the Capital of Tennessee, and boasts tons of history alongside its vibrant culture, music, and local cuisine. The city is actually the second largest city in the state and 23rd most-populous city in the United States. 

And it ain’t called Music City for nothing! Broadway is a neon honky-tonk paradise; the absolute mecca of American Country Music. I mean, Taylor Swift got her epic start in music right here in Nashville! 

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But besides all the music, there’s also famed local dishes, well-known museums, gorgeous green spaces, great boutique shopping, a fun pedestrian bridge, and even hip bowling with cocktails. Plus tons of colorful murals and Nashville photo spots. Vanderbilt University is right here, so you know there’s always something going on.

You could visit Nashville time and time again and never get bored. But if it’s your first time, you wanna make sure you plan the best Nashville weekend trip possible! Keep on reading, and maybe grab a pen and paper to take notes, because I’m sharing literally everything you need to know for your first ever 3 days in Nashville.

Psst : I’m aiming to visit all 50 states, and Tennessee was my 27th state on my 50 States Challenge !

Weekend in Nashville Logistics

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Where is Nashville and How to Get There

First of all, where exactly is Nashville anyways?! The city is located in the northern part of Tennessee, right on the Cumberland River. It’s about 215 miles northeast of Memphis, the other popular city in Tennessee (roughly a 3 hour drive or so). 

While the city is considered to be in the South of the USA, it’s far from the deep south and is technically in the upper South. People get confused and sometimes think Tennessee is in the Midwest, but it’s not!

A crazy fun fact I still can’t believe: 40% of the US population lives within 600 miles of Nashville. Whoa. Okay, so 600 miles is pretty far, but still, that doesn’t include any of the West Coast or even New York City.

How to Get to Nashville 

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Flying : When you fly into Nashville, you’ll be heading to Nashville International Airport, sometimes referred to as Berry Field Nashville (airport code BNA). The airport serves more than 15 million passengers each and every year, so… it’s not small by any means. 

BNA serves the Greater Nashville metropolitan area, and thankfully is located only ~7 miles southeast of Downtown Nashville (a 20 minute drive or so, depending on traffic). 

Unfortunately, airfare to Nashville is usually pretty pricey. There’s a reason we just only made it out there! And there’s not many nonstops. Coming from the West Coast (specifically San Francisco), expect to pay at least $400 to $500 round trip. And these are typically with stops. 

I was surprised to learn this, but Southwest is actually the city’s largest carrier! There’s nonstop flights from SFO on Southwest Airlines, which makes sense now.

From the East Coast, it’s a whole other story, as there are plenty of nonstop flights at only $250-300ish or so.

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Driving: Nashville is a hub city connected by three interstate highways, making it a pretty easy drive if you’re coming from nearby states. And Downtown Nashville is the center of this entire hub! If you look on a map, you’ll see Nashville is encircled by these highways. Here’s a quick breakdown, in case you’re interested in visiting other cities before/after your weekend getaway to Nashville.

  • I-65 runs north to Louisville, Kentucky (175 miles), and south to Birmingham, Alabama (200 miles)
  • I-40 runs west to Memphis (215 miles) and east to Knoxville (180 miles), extending all the way to Asheville, North Carolina (300 miles), Little Rock, Arkansas (350 miles), and Oklahoma City (650 miles)
  • I-24 runs northwest toward St. Louis (310 miles) and southeast toward Atlanta (250 miles)

There’s only six cities in the US where 3 interstates connect, so I guess this is kinda a big deal!

Trains and Buses: Coming from elsewhere in Tennessee (or from a nearby state)? Check out Amtrak’s train schedule and/or Megabus or Greyhound buses. But if you only have a weekend in Nashville, it may not be worth it to spend half the time on a train or bus!

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How to Get from the Airport to Downtown Nashville 

Ride shares: Thankfully Uber and Lyft make it super easy to get to your hotel straight from the airport. I recommend checking both apps to see who has better rates. The price should be $15-20 or so, but may be more depending on time of day and availability of cars.

You’ll wanna make your way to Level 1 of the Ground Transportation Center at BNA airport. Look out for signs that say “Ride App Pickup”.

And get this – the Nashville International Airport was the first airport in the entire country to allow ride-shares to operate at the airport itself. Another fun fact!

Taxi: If the prices of Uber/Lyft are ridiculously high for some reason (it happens!), thankfully you can always rely on a taxi. Taxis between the airport and downtown (as well as the Opryland Resort) all have a flat fare of $25, so you know you’re never getting ripped off. 

Public Transport : The cheapest way to get from BNA to downtown is by taking the WeGo Public Transit bus from Nashville MTA. For only $2 one way! The bus leaves every hour daily, and express trips on Route #18 only take about 20 minutes (plus traffic). Not too bad!

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When to Plan Your Nashville Weekend Getaway

Looking for warm, sunny weather? Visit between April and October! Hate crowds? Visit in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. Don’t mind the cold and unpredictable weather? A winter visit (with lots of cost savings!) may be just for you.

A few other things to keep in mind: 

Weekend Crowds : The city is wildly more popular Fridays through Sundays. Expect higher hotel rates, as well as crowds at the popular tourist attractions, restaurants, and on the streets. 

We visited Saturday through Tuesday and saw a noticeable difference in terms of crowds on Monday and Tuesday! Restaurants that had lines down the block had open seating right away (and that goes for popular murals like The Wings in the Gulch too). It was way quieter, although I’m glad we got to see all the action of the weekend as well. 

Festivals : Nashville ain’t called Music City for nothing! There’s lots of music festivals throughout the year, including the super popular CMA Music Festival, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (nearby), Hot Chicken Festival (yes, it’s a real thing), Pride, and plenty more. 

While they’re tons of fun, they bring in hundreds, if not thousands of people to Nashville… meaning, well, it’s gonna be crowded in town. Promise me you’ll book your hotel way in advance — room rates skyrocket and get sold out months beforehand. 

Not looking to partake in all the fun? Don’t accidentally come during a major conference/festival — check to see what’s going on in the city before booking your flights!

Rain/thunderstorms: On average, Nashville gets about 120 days of precipitation a year (a bit more than the national average). While a lot of these are just short afternoon showers, don’t be surprised if the rain lasts all day (it does happen!).

It can rain any time of year, but come extra prepared in April and May as these are the rainiest months in Nashville. Don’t be surprised by a severe thunderstorm or even a tornado! Always know the proper procedures and keep yourself safe!

Seasons : Unlike the West Coast (here in Northern California we have 3 seasons – perpetual spring, fog, and fire season…), Nashville experiences four distinct seasons. Lucky duck! 

Winter is cold with possible snow and ice, summers are hot and humid, spring can be rainy, and fall is just beautiful with its foliage. Keep this in mind when planning your trip! More info on the different seasons below:

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  • Spring/Fall: Shoulder Season (late March to May and late September to early November)

In my opinion, spring and fall are the best times to visit Nashville. It’s getting warmer out (but not sizzling hot), the kids are in school, and you can score a good deal on a hotel room (well, at least save some money when compared to the popular summer season). There’s also less humidity, making the days feel less muggy.

The mildest temps in Nashville are from April to early June and from late September to early November. Do note there’s typically more rain in spring than in fall, so keep that in mind when planning your Nashville weekend getaway. For reference, we visited Nashville at the end of April and had almost perfect weather (minus a morning of rain).

  • Summer: Hot and Humid and Lots of Crowds (late May to mid-September)

Nashville is known for its long, hot, and humid summers – pretty typical of the American South. The city is an absolute scorcher – temps of 90°F in July and August are not uncommon. 

If you’re not used to the heat, it’ll probably be too hot to walk around comfortably for an extended period of time. Keep that in mind and make sure you stay hydrated. 

Despite all this, June through August is the most popular time to visit Nashville, aka the most crowded. The city is packed full of special events and festivals, and the iconic honky tonks are often packed to the brim. 

But with that being said, unless you really love super hot weather (who are you, haha?!), you probably don’t wanna plan your weekend in Nashville during the summer. I warned you! Although it’s not as brutal as other spots in The South, say Austin, Texas .

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  • Winter: Chilly Temps and Low Season (November to early March)

The weather in Nashville can be quite unpredictable during the winter months, and can be uncharacteristically warm and sunny or there can be snow and ice (although it’s quite rare). Expect some gloomy winter weather, with temps ranging from the upper 20s to the low 60s. 

Temps at night can be freezing! Skip January, the coldest month of the year, if you’re a baby about the cold like me, haha. Definitely dress appropriately!

Despite the iffy weather, if you’re a die hard fan of Christmas, you can’t go wrong visiting in December! The city is quite charming with Christmas decorations around town, as well as at the Opryland Hotel and the Belle Meade Historic Site. 

And plus, winter is the low season here in Nashville (meaning less crowds), so you can expect cheaper airfare and save some money on hotels.

Is a Long Weekend in Nashville Enough?

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I think yes, 3 days in Nashville is the perfect amount of time! If you wanna take a day trip or two (to maybe Franklin or Memphis), plan 4 full days. Since it’s not a massive city, spending 5 days or longer is probably overkill.

Personally, I felt pretty satisfied with our long weekend in Nashville. It was the perfect amount of time to see the main attractions of the city, eat a bunch of biscuits and fried chicken, sip a few drinks, spend ample time on Broadway, and even venture off to some more obscure photo spots in Nashville.

How to Get Around Nashville

Thankfully, Downtown Nashville is very walkable! There are tons of attractions within only a few blocks. And once you make it to each neighborhood, those are walkable as well! We clocked up almost 20k steps every single day, and walked from our hotel in the Music Row neighborhood to The Gulch, Midtown and Centennial Park, and even Downtown. 

Make sure to wear comfy shoes if you’re planning on walking a lot!  But depending on when you visit, it may be just too hot and sticky to walk long distances, so plan on alternate means of transport (Uber or public transit).

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Ride Shares

Since we weren’t renting a car, we relied on Uber and Lyft to get around Nashville for the duration of our stay. I was surprised at how expensive the rides were – definitely watch out for surge pricing and check both Uber and Lyft to see which app has better pricing. 

On some days, simply checking again in 10 minutes saved us $15!

Public Transit

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Nashville’s got pretty decent public transit (much better than by me in San Francisco , although not as robust as in New York City of course). 

City Bus : The city is well-connected by the WeGo Public Transit buses (formerly Nashville MTA), which run across the city and surrounding communities. There’s more than 46 bus routes that connect all major tourist attractions and businesses. And tickets cost just $1.70 per ride. 

If you think you’ll be using it a lot, consider an unlimited day pass for just $4. Look out for the purple buses around town – those are WeGo Public Transit! If you’re planning to spend more than 3 days in Nashville, you may wanna look into getting a MTA Quick Ticket as well – more info here .

Here’s a few routes to get familiar with:

  • Music City Circuit: whisks tourists around downtown completely free of charge! 
  • Green Circuit: between downtown Nashville and the Gulch
  • Blue Circuit: serves destinations between the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

Train : There’s also a train called The WeGo Star which connects spots a bit further outside the city. You probably won’t need to use this if you’re just visiting Nashville for a weekend getaway.

Old Town Trolley Tour

Wanna see Nashville’s highlights in a short period of time? Consider booking yourself on an Old Town Trolley Tour . It’s a great way to get around, and in only 90 minutes, you’ll get to see over 100 points of interest (including Lower Broadway, Music Row, Centennial Park, the Ryman Auditorium, Marathon Village and much more). 

Yes, you can hop off at any of the 14 stops, like the Farmers Market, Gulch, Frist Art Museum, etc. Commentary covers the rich history that Music City has to offer – almost like a personal tour guide! Read reviews and sign up here !

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Renting a Car

Many claim the best way to get around Nashville is by car. It’s true – the different neighborhoods and attractions are a bit too spread out to walk between.  While it may not be the least expensive option, sometimes having a car of your own is great for max flexibility. 

There’s apparently more than 28,000 parking spaces downtown, so hopefully you don’t have trouble finding an empty spot! But finding affordable parking in the downtown area can be tough. 

You also gotta factor in overnight parking fees at your hotel, which can range from $20-$40 a night (which add up super fast). I think we came out even if not ahead by not renting a car and solely relying on Uber/Lyft and walking a ton. 

Scooters and Bicycles

Alternate means of transport, anyone?! I don’t trust myself on a scooter and I haven’t been on a bike in years, so I opted to skip these, haha. But they’re there if you want them!

Where to Stay in Nashville

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Downtown/Broadway

Downtown is basically the heart of Nashville, with the Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum, Goo Goo Chocolates, Ryman Auditorium, and more. Lower Broadway is where those iconic honky tonks and bars live. Meaning it’s wild and crazy all hours of the night (okay, I think the bars close around 3am). 

If you’re looking for a lot of nightlife and sightseeing, Downtown will be perfect for you. We had one of our favorite meals of our trip at Husk, not terribly far away.

  • The Hermitage Hotel (the gold standard of 5-star hotels in historic Nashville, and the cities longest standing, built in 1910)
  • Bobby Hotel (super unique with maps, treasures, and quirky trinkets with a colorful lounge and rooftop bar)
  • Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville (comfortable rooms with a nice pool area)

Midtown/Music Row

During our long weekend in Nashville, we actually ended up staying in two different hotels in Midtown. And I can honestly say it was the perfect location! We were able to walk almost everywhere (although the walks were quite long), and Hattie B’s was right around the corner! Ya know, perfect for a late night snack. 

My all-time favorite hotel in Nashville is The Graduate, and I highly recommend it for at least a night or two.

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Graduate Nashville : Looking for the most instagrammable hotel in Nashville? You’ll find it here at The Graduate. As soon as I saw a photo of the hotel, I instantly knew I needed to stay there. The moment you walk in, you’re greeted with luxe pink plush couches and tons of greenery – it’s grandma chic and glamorous all in one. 

Super colorful and playful and I appreciated all the little touches. For instance, we even had a portrait of Dolly Parton herself hanging above our bed. And ohhh White Limozeen (the rooftop bar) – you NEED to head up there for a drink (yes, even if you’re not staying at the hotel). It’s like a bottle of pink paint was thrown all over the place. 

If you wanna stay around here, book in advance as Vanderbilt University is right here – meaning hotels book up fast when there’s something special going on over there. Other popular hotels in Midtown/Music Row:

  • Courtyard Vanderbilt/West End (standard rooms only a few minutes from Vanderbilt University)
  • Kimpton Aertson Hotel (boutique hotel with open spaces, original artwork, and a rooftop pool)

Looking for something a bit calmer than downtown? The Gulch is small and very trendy, with some of the city’s trendiest restaurants and swanky hotels, giving visitors a more upscale experience. The neighborhood is super walkable, and you can easily walk to Downtown Nashville from here as well. 

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We found ourselves over here in the Gulch multiple times throughout our 3 days in Nashville, and totally made me rethink our decision to stay in Midtown! It is one of the most expensive areas to stay in Nashville though, so that’s something to think about if you’re on a budget. 

  • W Nashville (just as swanky as every other W)
  • Thompson Nashville (we had drinks on the roof one night and they were delicious)

East Nashville

If you’re looking to stay away from the main tourist drag, choose East Nashville! It’s pretty hip and trendy (I wanna visit more of the murals over there next time), and much more of a local’s experience.

You’ll find lots of coffee shops, stylish vintage boutiques, and local restaurants.  While this area is typically less expensive, you’ll need a car to get around (or plan to Uber/Lyft).

  • Dive Motel (23 fresh and funky retro motel rooms with a swim club!)
  • Vandyke Bed and Beverage (another spot with tons of insta-worthy decor, plus cocktail themed rooms)
  • The Gallatin (bring your tripod – there’s lots of Nashville IG spots over here)

3 Days in Nashville Itinerary

Finally, what you came here for – the perfect 3 days in Nashville itinerary! Let’s get to it! 

Psst: This Nashville itinerary assumes you have 3 full days in the city. Meaning you got here the night before and can start your first full day in the morning. You can probably squeeze everything in on Day 1 if you arrive in the AM, but depending on your travel style, you may feel kinda rushed.

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Also, feel free to arrange the order of the days anyway you like. I strategically grouped together activities by location and such, but if you feel like rearranging, feel free! Nothing is too far away from each other, so if you’re feeling one thing over another, trust your intuition! 

*Note: I highly encourage you to buy tickets to live music at least once during your 3 days in Nashville. Meaning you may need to switch some things around – no problem! Nothing is terribly far, so it won’t be that difficult.

Nashville Weekend Getaway Day 1

Stop 1 (Morning): Southern Country Breakfast

Let’s start off this Nashville weekend getaway itinerary with some breakfast, shall we – southern country edition! Gotta fuel that bod for the rest of your 3 days in Nashville! I’ve got two iconic recommendations for you this morning: 1. Monells and 2. The Loveless Cafe. Both excellent choices.

Monells : As soon as we booked tickets to Music City, my husband insisted we add Monells into our Nashville itinerary.  He promised all-you-can-eat mouthwatering Southern comfort food, all served family-style at communal tables in a stunning Victorian house. Sounded interesting enough, so off we went! And OMG did we eat. 

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We indulged in a country breakfast feast of biscuits smothered in gravy, country ham, fried cinnamon apples, pancakes, hash browns, cheese grits, skillet fried chicken, corn pudding, and coffee/sweet tea. Don’t even get your morning coffee and a pastry beforehand – literally wake up and go! It was fun chatting with other diners at our table, and we got some great restaurant and live music recommendations for later on in our trip.

If you somehow have more room, stop by The Cupcake Connection for one of their legendary sweet potato cupcakes (or just save it for later… understandably).

The Loveless Cafe: This is a good time to check out The Loveless Cafe, a super popular Southern cafe with a fun, country vibe. The restaurant is about a 25 minute drive south of the city, so factor in a potentially pricey Uber ride if you aren’t renting a car. It’s wildly popular, so you’ll wanna make a reservation in advance. 

Make sure to try the biscuits (obviously), blackberry preserves, creamy grits, and hot juicy, fried chicken. Have a sweet tooth? That banana pudding sounds delicious. Some people claim Loveless has the best fried chicken and biscuits in the South! You be the judge! There’s a reason the cafe’s been open for over 50 years – it’s a Nashville landmark with tons of quaint country charm.

Either spot will probably take most of the morning, so don’t sleep in too late.

Stop 2 (Afternoon): Murals and Lunch in the Gulch 

Next up – shopping, photos, and lunch! Spend the rest of the day hanging around Nashville’s upscale neighborhood – the Gulch! 

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Murals in the Gulch: The entire city is full of Nashville photo spots, and the Gulch is one neighborhood that doesn’t disappoint. While you can randomly wander up and down 11th Ave South (the main strip over here), if you’re looking to grab some photos for your IG feed, make sure to check these out: 

  • What Lifts You Wings by Kelsey Montague (302 11th Ave S): I’m sure you’ve seen photos of this mural – it’s quite possibly the most well-known in all of Nashville! Look closely and you’ll see guitars and music notes in the designs of the wings. If you’re spending your 3 days in Nashville on a weekend, there’ll undoubtedly be a line, but hey, anything for the shot, right?!
  • Acoustic Skyline by Allison Johnson (915 Division St): A gorgeous painting depicting a  striking white guitar with the Nashville skyline jutting out. I’m so bummed we miss out on this one! 

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  • Jason Woodside Mural (299 11th Ave S): Huge and oh so colorful, you can’t not make a quick stop here. It’s right across the street from Milk and Honey, and part of the Nashville Walls Project. A true kaleidoscope of color! There’s another large-scale green-themed mural by Ian Ross right next door, so check that out, too!
  • Candy Hearts Mural (Finnleys; 601 8th Ave South): The Candy Hearts Mural is probably one of my favorite murals in all of Nashville – look how fun and cheerful it is. Remember the old school candy hearts we used to eat? These phrases are inspired by them, with sayings like “What would Dolly do?” (my favorite one!) and “Hello Gorgeous”. It’s one of the most popular Nashville instagram spots for bachelorette parties and couples! Of course we had to take a cutesy photo together!

Lunch options: I know you had a big breakfast, but after wandering the Gulch for a bit, you’re bound to get hungry! And I’m giving you four of the most popular options over here. If you’re visiting on the weekend, expect there to be a wait almost everywhere in the Gulch. It’s a popular neighborhood and everyone loves it! I recommend putting your name down, and then walking around to see the murals and popping into shops!

  • Biscuit Love: Hey, you’re in the south! You can never have too many biscuits! Biscuit Love won awards for the East Nasty sandwich, a fluffy buttery biscuit topped with fried chicken smothered in a rich sausage gravy. Yum! Promise me you won’t leave without trying Biscuit Love’s “Bonuts” – deep fried biscuit donuts topped with lemon mascarpone cream and blueberry compote. I’m drooling over my keyboard just thinking about those. Prepare to wait!

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  • Arnold’s Country Kitchen: If you want something a bit more casual, head over to Arnolds, a popular meat and three. You’ll find Southern & soul food classics plus desserts from a cafeteria-style steam table. What is a meat and three? Essentially, you pick one meat (like roast beef, meatloaf, kielbasa, chicken and dumplings, etc) and 3 sides (say green beans, creamed corn, fried apples, pinto beans, mac & cheese, etc). If you’re not crazy hungry, opt for a meat and two instead!
  • Milk and Honey : Hot chicken & waffles and a cinnamon bun with cream cheese icing – what a perfect combo! I happily sipped on my Nutella latte and bit into my homemade strawberry pop tart. There’s a pick-up window if you just wanna grab something quick. Visiting on a weekend? Put your name down and walk around. There’s bound to be an hour+ wait. This spot is popular for a reason!

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  • Party Fowl: Fried chicken, anyone?! Don’t miss the massive $50 bloody mary with two whole fried chickens. Yes, I just said fried chicken in the drink! Easily the most elaborate cocktail in all of Nashville – and at 55oz, definitely share it. We missed the mammoth drink (they’ve only got it on certain days/times), but indulged in Nashville fried chicken and beignets. Those little pillows of fried dough smothered with bourbon glaze and powdered sugar were the perfect mid-afternoon pick me up. Definitely not as good at the iconic beignets in New Orleans, but still pretty tasty!

Other things to do in The Gulch

  • The Frist Art Museum: In the mood for some culture after a morning of eating and wandering around? The Frist Art Museum holds a beautiful and robust art gallery, with approximately 24k of gallery space, a restored art-deco lobby, and plenty of permanent and rotating exhibits. Interestingly enough, the art museum is housed in the city’s historic U.S. Post Office building – which is actually listed on the National Register of Historic Places! The architecture of the building is stunning in and of itself.
  • Cocktails in the Gulch: We love checking out the cool craft cocktail bars whenever we visit a new city, and the Gulch has plenty! Our two favorites were:

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1. Gertie’s Whiskey Bar: Check out the wall covered in hundreds of bottles of whiskey – they don’t call it a whiskey bar for nothin’! Noah tried both a Manhattan and an Old Fashioned and highly recommends both. They even freeze their cherries in the ice cubes; how ingenious! The bartender was super friendly which we greatly appreciated.

2. L.A. Jackson : A swanky rooftop bar with awesome energy at The Thompson Hotel. Drinks were pricey but what do you expect at a bar with fantastic skyline views?! Definitely more of an “it” crowd and way more pretentious than Gertie’s, but we still had fun!

Stop 3 (Night): Live music

You’re in Nashville – time for some live music! While there’s hundreds of music venues, bars, and clubs you could go to, here’s a few favorites:

Bluebird Cafe (Green Hills): Bluebird is a Nashville institution for songwriters, opening over 40 years ago in 1982. Experienced and newer songwriters come here to test out their new songs. On any given night, a typical performance sees three or four songwriters in the center of the room, taking turns playing their songs and accompanying each other with harmonies and instrumentals. It’s quite the scene.

And get this – Taylor Swift was discovered here! How crazy! So was Garth Brooks and Faith Hill. You never know if that up-&-coming artist you see at Bluebird will one day make it big! 

I highly recommend making a reservation as this iconic club is pretty tiny. There’s only 90 seats in the entire space… and the cafe is growing in popularity every year! Local Tip: Monday is Open Mic Night at 6 PM, and you don’t need a reservation for that – just make sure to show up bright and early (seats are first-come first-serve)!

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Honky Tonk Highway: Don’t have tickets anywhere and looking to jump into the Nashville fun right away? Head over to lower Broadway, where you’ll find Honky Tonk Highway. And it’s exactly as it sounds! An entire row of honky tonk bars pumping out live music onto the streets – until around 3am! There’s a reason it’s nicknamed “Nashvegas”, haha. While there’s over 30 bars, we loved Tootsies Orchid Lounge and Honky Tonk Central.

Most have no cover charge with free live music all night. If you’re like, damn we already bought tickets to a show but this sounds super fun, don’t worry – you can join in on the fun tomorrow afternoon.

3rd and Lindsley (Downtown): We first learned about 3rd and Lindsley from a sweet couple we met at Monnels that morning! While we toyed with the idea of getting last-minute tickets, we were too tired from traveling and Noah running his half marathon. Next time for us! 

While you need to buy a ticket in advance, all seating is first come, first serve, so get there with time to spare so you get a good seat! Hungry? There’s a full menu of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and entrees.

Grand Ole Opry (Music Valley): Have you really been to Nashville if you haven’t seen a show at the Grand Ole Opry?! Every performance is different from the last, featuring country music legends, lots of surprises, and some up-and-coming stars the venue hand picks. Expect world-class entertainment and shows – the venue even hosted the 56th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in 2021! 

But what the Grand Ole Opry is most famous for is its one-hour radio “barn dance” – the longest running radio broadcast in US history. Never rehearsed and never the same show twice! You’ll need to buy tickets in advance as this venue gets booked up fast! Check the Opry calendar and see who’s performing during your 3 days in Nashville. And book your ticket here!

If you really wanna see the iconic theater but show tickets are sold out, take a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry during the day instead! More info below! 

Other popular music venues to check out (told you there were lots!):

  • The Station Inn (The Gulch)
  • Ryman Auditorium (Downtown)
  • The Listening Room Cafe (SoBro)
  • Brooklyn Bowl (Germantown)
  • City Winery (SoBro)
  • The 5 Spot (East Nashville)
  • Ascend Amphitheater (Downtown)

Weekend in Nashville Day 2

Stop 1: Stroll down the pedestrian bridge and wander Cumberland Park

Pick up some coffee to-go, then it’s time to get rolling. Looking for amazing views of the city during your Nashville weekend getaway? Head over to John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, a 3,150 foot pedestrian-only truss bridge over the Cumberland River. 

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The views of downtown are absolutely phenomenal, and you’ll get to see the stadium and river too, of course. One of the best things to add to your Nashville itinerary if you’re looking to get outside in the sun.

And get this – the original bridge was constructed way back when in 1909, meaning it’s over 100 years old! It has since been extensively renovated (thank goodness) for safety and such.

My husband’s half marathon ended right there so we walked along the pedestrian bridge with hundreds of other runners, but you’ll most likely have a little more breathing room than we did. 

If you got an early start and are looking for more things to do before brunch, check out a few attractions/shops on Broadway.

Stop 2: Brunch at The Hampton Social or Liberty Common

These two spots are super popular. Meaning, don’t sleep in too late or you risk having to wait a long while. 

The Hampton Social: Cross back over the bridge, walk 5 minutes, and voila, you’re at The Hampton Social (just minutes from bustling Broadway street). This spot is super trendy for brunch, meaning it’s super instagrammable and has some of the best photo spots in all of Nashville!

Sit in either the first floor “Rosé All Day” lounge or the brand new rooftop terrace sipping on craft cocktails and listening to live music, while munching on coastal-inspired food.

We sadly missed this spot (we were too busy stuffing our faces with biscuits and waffles), but it’s on our list for next time! Mmm… the monkey bread, bang bang chicken, and bananas foster french toast sound divine! They even have a separate brunch DRINK menu, featuring a peaches & cream bellini, rose of the day, and espresso martinis. Sold!

Liberty Common : Right next door to The Hampton Social you’ll find Liberty Common, another solid spot for weekend brunch. And yes, it’s really super cute with its teal rattan chairs, blue cushiony high backs, and an open and airy bar. The whole design of the space is thoughtfully decorated and their branding is so on point. A French-cafe feel that is also super instagramy!

Rightfully so, the chicken and waffles and frozen cocktails are a big hit here. The croque madame and cinnamon-walnut buttermilk pancakes sound divine as well!

Stop 3: Museums and wander Broadway

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It’s time to make your way to Broadway – Nashville’s buzzy scene full of museums, boot shops, and of course, live country music! Spend the afternoon hopping around taking in the sites. To make it super easy, here’s my favorite spots on Broadway and Downtown Nashville:

Country Music Hall of Fame: You’re in the Country Music Capital of the World – how could you NOT visit the Country Music Hall of Fame?! From Florida Georgia Line, Reba McEntire, and Martina McBride to Taylor Swift, Garth Brooths, and Elvis Presley, this place has all the country legends and then some. 

We popped in one morning when it was raining, and lemme tell ya – the place was crowded beyond belief. I have a slight suspicion that if you come during the week when the sun is shining you won’t have the same experience. 

While you can easily spend two hours reading and listening to everything, plan an hour or so to see the highlights. We loved all the memorabilia and artifacts, including costumes, instruments, and even cars – and we’re not even huge fans of country music (although I’m much more so than Noah is!). 

Book your ticket in advance to bypass the long lines (especially if your Nashville itinerary falls on the weekend)!

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Hatch Show Print: Letterpress, show posters, and a working museum! That’s Hatch Show Print in a nutshell. For over 140 years, this letterpress print shop has been designing custom prints and posters for everything imaginable.

You can either go on a tour and learn about the technical elements of letterpress printing and history of advertising and graphic design, or simply wander throughout the shop. 

I’m kicking myself we didn’t purchase tickets sooner – the tour sounds so interesting to a typography junkie like myself! I tried to peek in but couldn’t see too much from the shop. I heard you can even make your own print as a souvenir – what a bummer I missed it! 

Johnny Cash Museum: Big fan of this music icon? Here you’ll find the world’s largest collection of Johnny Cash memorabilia and artifacts. The museum isn’t too big, so you can get through it in less than an hour or so. We chose to simply look at the few pieces in the gift shop/cafe area, but highly recommend getting a ticket if you’re a diehard fan of his.

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Tour the Ryman Auditorium: The Ryman Auditorium is one of the most iconic stages in the US – even the Grand Ole Opry was first held here (before eventually transitioning over to the venue in Music Valley). The acoustics are unparalleled, the stained glass windows are gorgeous, and the special effects and holograms are like no other.

Some of the most popular stars have taken the stage here at the historic Ryman Auditorium – think Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Minnie Pearl, Patsy Cline, and more. There’s a reason it’s known as ‘The Mother Church of Country Music’. 

The venue is the exact spot where bluegrass was born, where Johnny Cash met June Carter, and where 130 years of performances have been held. So, yup, the Ryman’s kinda a big deal over here. While you can buy tickets to a nightly show, you can book entrance tickets for a self-guided tour and experience the theater during the daytime hours!

Boot shops: Y’all! You’re in the south! Time to try on some boots! Just like my weekend in Austin, Texas , we found numerous leather boot shops – and they were so much fun to check out. Boots of all different colors and designs and prices. Have a few friends or think you’ll wanna take home a few boots yourself? We found a shop with buy one, get TWO free – what a crazy deal. That’s over at Boot Country if you wanna check it out.

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Goo Goo Clusters: What the frick is a Goo Goo Cluster?! I had no clue either before spending a long weekend in Nashville. Essentially, it’s a tasty combination of nuts, caramel, marshmallow nougat, and milk chocolate all put together into a cluster. They’re actually America’s first combination candy bar – who knew?! So quintessential Nashville. 

Buy a few and try them! We tried the peanut butter clusters, and while they were absolutely delicious, they kinda just tasted like a peanut butter cup, so I wish we tried the original ones. There’s also boozy milkshakes, whiskey, and even wine pairings here, or you can create and make your own massive goo goo cluster.

Tootsies Orchid Lounge: Want a taste of true honky tonk in Nashville?!  Tootsies is an institution in the city – known for its live country music and world-famous honky-tonk. Grab a few cocktails (they’ll be wildly overpriced but just go for it), and soak up all that live music you came here for. That famous purple building is calling your name! 

With 3 levels, you can decide for yourself who you want to listen to (some bands were better than others), and sip on your Tootsies Apple Pie Shine. It’ll be PACKED inside, no matter the day or time, so you know Tootsies is thriving. Check out the Tootsie’s Wall of Fame with hundreds of photos of past artists before you head out.

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Legendary Milkshake Bar : Pop in here for a snack and to cool off from the heat and humidity (if you’re visiting in the summer that is). My husband has a real thing for milkshakes, so when I found this spot, I knew we just had to go. And with shakes piled high with chocolate cookies, brownies, and even cheesecake, save some room for all the sugar!

While we enjoyed our shakes, I felt they were kinda overpriced for what you get and not worth the wait. They make for a pretty IG photo though! Nothing will ever come close to the massive milkshake creations in Las Vegas . 

Printers Alley: Take a short stroll down this super historic little alleyway. Why’s it called Printers Alley anyways? In the early 1900’s, there were 10 print shops, two of the city’s largest newspaper corporations (The Tennessean and The Nashville Banner), and 13 publishers working in this little area! 

It’s now very different from way back when, and is actually a hot spot for nightlife! Just worth a quick little stop for a few photos in my opinion during the day. But feel free to head back at night to really experience all the action.

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Late Lunch at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken : Whenever you get hungry, head on over to Hattie B’s for some Nashville hot fried chicken! There WILL be a line, no matter what, and no matter when – the chicken is that good. Moist on the inside, super crunchy and flavorful on the outside. You pick your heat level (we both got mild and it was the perfect amount of spice).

And those sides – mmm, yes please! We shared the baked beans, mac n cheese, and potato salad. I so wish we had room for the cheesy grits and banana pudding (next time for us). If you’re not eating at Hattie B’s at least once during your 3 days in Nashville, you’re doing it all wrong.

Stop 4: $10 Moonshine Tasting at Ole Smokey

Never had moonshine before?! It’s usually produced illegally, sooo… now’s your time to try it (legally)! Moonshine is stronger than most other alcohols and spirits (because it hasn’t been aged), and is generally crazy strong – up to about 150 proof (about 75% pure alcohol). So, ya know, don’t plan to drive back home right after (safety first, kids).

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At Ole Smokey, you’ll try all different kinds of moonshine and whiskeys – including pickle moonshine and peanut butter whisky! For just $10! How bizarre! Heads up – I didn’t actually try any of these (I’m quite the baby when it comes to alcohol). I made my husband be the taste tester. And while he’s glad he tried them (I think…), let’s just say we didn’t buy any to bring home.

Stop 5: Bowling (and maybe dinner) at Pinewood Social

Up for some fun competition? Head on over to Pinewood Social, it’s one of the most popular spots in Nashville. A trendy restaurant, a comfortable coffee shop, and a craft cocktail bar all in one. Oh, and there’s a vintage bowling alley and an outdoor swimming pool here, too! 

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You can easily spend the rest of the night over at Pinewood Social. Make a reservation because this place gets busy, busy, busy. I didn’t realize just how crowded it would be and was gutted when we couldn’t bowl! It looks like so much fun!

Stop 6: Late dinner at Husk or Catbird Seat

Husk: Ready for a change of pace? Head on over to Husk, on the outskirts of the city (we walked over here from Broadway). Upscale southern food at its best! The quality of the ingredients was top-notch – definitely fine-dining over here. Try the Plate of Southern Vegetables – just trust me on this. Sounds super odd, but I swear it was one of the best things I ate during my entire weekend in Nashville. Oh, and those buttermilk cheddar biscuits. Mmm….  

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The entire space was so charming as well. Housed in an renovated Victorian mansion, you could practically feel the history seeping from its walls. Expect a beautiful meal in a gorgeous environment with super friendly and sweet staff. Safe to say I HIGHLY recommend this place, especially for date night with your significant other!

The Catbird Seat: Looking for a super memorable meal in Nashville? Celebrating a special occasion? Make a reservation (far in advance!) at The Catbird Seat – the 12 course tasting menu sounds absolutely unbelievable. Imaginative, seasonal food and creative wine pairings. A true foodie paradise with an impressive culinary team. I’m so sad we learned about this place too late for a reservation. 

If you like inventive dining, follow in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdan and check this place out! Yes, he recommended The Catbird Seat just like he recommended La Cevicheria in Cartagena !

3 Days in Nashville Day 3

Stop 1: Morning Activity 

Option 1: Morning Plantation Tour at Belle Meade Historic Site

Get outta town and spend the morning at Belle Meade Historic Site and Winery. The grounds are beautiful and there’s even a winery here – but we’re here for a different reason. To talk about history!

There are 2 main tours you can choose from: 

  • Mansion Tour: See and walk through the 1853 Greek Revival Mansion and learn about the experiences of the Harding and Jackson families 
  • Journey to Jubilee Tour: Learn and discuss the violent reality of slavery and listen to stories of the enslaved African-Americans who were brought to (and even born at) Belle Meade

Honestly, I’d opt for the Journey to Jubilee Tour. Sorry, but you can wander a pretty house anytime. Get real and talk about the uncomfortable stuff – the staff really encourages discussion, and it’s a great way to learn and really do some deep thinking about what happened in our country not even too long ago. 

Belle Meade Historic Site is about 25 minutes south of Nashville, so plan to use your rental car or call a Lyft/Uber/taxi. This is high on my Nashville itinerary for next time, as we didn’t learn about it until our last morning.

Option 2: Grand Ole Opry Tour

Go behind the curtain at Nashville’s premier country music stage, The Grand Ole Opry ! On the guided backstage tour, you’ll hear stories about what happens behind the curtain, walk the stage where legends Carrie Underwood and Minnie Pearl have performed, and even get a glimpse of the artist’s dressing rooms and green room. A must for any country music fan!

A tour of the Grand Ole Opry is very popular, so make sure to book your tickets well in advance so you get your desired date and time.

Stop 2: Wander 12South

Spend the rest of the afternoon wandering 12South – by far the most vibrant neighborhood in all of Nashville. And also the trendiest! There’s coffee shops, bakeries, bars, stylish designer boutiques, and a whole lotta murals. Add in all the beautiful historic bungalows and leafy green spots, and you’ve got my dream come true.

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If you haven’t eaten lunch yet, no fret – there’s lots to choose from over here! Or you can fill up on sweets like we did, whoops! We loved: 

  • Five Daughters Bakery: Heaven called, and it asked for Five Daughters. Kinda cheesy, I know (haha), but c’mon, the pastries and donuts are made daily from scratch in the cutest little shop. Don’t miss their signature item, the 100 layer donut – a delicious hybrid of a croissant and a donut.

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  • Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: Care to wash down your donut with some artisan ice cream? You guys know I love my desserts , and Jeni’s didn’t disappoint. With flavors like salted peanut butter chocolate flecks, brambleberry crisp, and skillet cinnamon roll, I had the hardest time choosing what flavor to get! And the fact that I basically became best friends with the cutest little corgi just made my afternoon.
  • Christie Cookie Company: Cookies are my absolute weakness, and Christie’s did not disappoint. Oh so gooey and oh so chocolatey. No, they didn’t beat my love affair with Levain’s in New York City , but I definitely wanted to go back to Christie’s for seconds. 

In between stuffing your face, go check out the murals of 12South! There’s tons of colorful pieces over here, and I loved them all! Here’s the most popular ones:

  • I Believe in Nashville: Probably the most iconic of them all, and one you shouldn’t miss – even if you’re not big on photos. There’s usually a line (dependent on the day), but if you’re looking for one of the best photo spots in Nashville, you’ll definitely wanna wait your turn. Adrien Saporiti, a Nashville native, really captured the spirit of Nashville pride here. A classic Nashville picture for sure!

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  • Draper James: Take a photo with the blue and white striped wall, and one on the bench with the Draper James background! Go on inside – they’ve got the cutest prints and patterns (although fairly expensive) just seeped with Southern charm. And it was founded by Reese Witherspoon! 
  • Looking Pretty Music City: A homage to Music City, I just loved this mural! Besides the fact that it’s oh so colorful, it’s a little burst of sunshine in the heart of 12 South. 
  • Nashville Looks Good On You: It’s kinda hidden, but look behind Frothy Monkey (come in for a coffee!), and you’ll see it in the back parking lot. The lighting can be kinda harsh during the day, but work with what ya got!

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And if you’re lucky, Amelia’s Flower Truck will be hanging out at White’s Mercantile 12 South. 

Stop 3: Centennial Park and The Parthenon

Finally, some green space in Nashville! The park is huge and there’s loads of places to lay out and/or have a picnic. We were short on time because I had a bunch of other things to knock off on my Nashville itinerary (I like to cram it all in), but if you’re looking for a calm afternoon, Centennial Park’s your spot.

The big draw here?! The Parthenon!!! Did you know that Nashville boasts a 42-foot replica of the Parthenon, just like in Athens, Greece ?! And it’s a full-scale replica of the Athenian original. Just crazy! If I squeezed my eyes real tight I could have sworn I was back in Athens, Greece itself (okay, not really, but I wish). Inside there’s an art museum if you wanna check it out (sadly it was closed when we visited).

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Psst: Looking for more Nashville photo spots? Walk on over to Off the Wall if you’re into colorful murals and taking pictures. There’s about a dozen or so large scale murals right on the main road, which unfortunately makes it a bit difficult to photograph! Use .5x on your iphone or a wide-angle lens to capture a decent amount of them!

Stop 4: Drinks at White Limozeen rooftop 

Whatever you do, if you’re looking for the most instagrammable rooftop in all of Nashville, head on up to White Limozeen. Located at The Graduate Hotel , this chic spot is full of surprises, and it’s ALL pink. From the light pink floor tiles, pink drapery and plush pink cushions, to the bright pink fringe umbrellas and bubblegum pink bar stools. An instagrammers dream come true.

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It’s really over-the-top, with an onyx wraparound bar and mirrored chandeliers. And even a pink chicken-wire sculpture of Dolly Parton outside! Let’s just say I couldn’t stop taking photos.

Stop 5: BBQ for dinner! 

  • Edley’s Bar-B-Que : Ohhh, Edleys. It’s famous for its barbecue and the Nashville culinary tradition of “meat and three.” Come hungry and grab a platter with a rack of ribs, brisket, cornbread, baked beans, potato salad, and of course, pickles! Save room for a big slice of pecan pie. 

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  • Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint : We picked Martin’s for our night of bbq, and lemme tell ya, it definitely did not disappoint. Considering the line was down the block, they must be doing something right! Promise it moves fast! You have the choice of dining and listening to live music upstairs, or staying quiet near the bar downstairs. I think you know what we picked! 
  • Peg Leg Porker BBQ: What a silly name! But Peg Leg has some of the best traditional West-Tennessee barbecue in all of Nashville. Sip sweet tea on the top deck, indulge in nachos piled high with melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork, jalapeños and cheese, and order all the sides (bbq beans, smoked green beans, fries, coleslaw, mac & cheese, and of course, house potato salad).

Stop 6: Haunted Ghost Tour

Not ready for bed just yet and still up for something fun? Okay, maybe fun is the wrong word… Nashville is full of tragic horrors, sinister history, and paranormal activity. Learn about it all on a haunted ghost tour – if you dare! Listen to stories that will probably frighten you, dive into the fascinating history of Music City, and learn about the mysterious tunnels that snake underneath much of the city.

There’s a reason I recommend doing this on your last night, haha. Read reviews and book your haunted ghost tour here.

So there ya have it – a wildly comprehensive way to spend 3 days in Nashville! Will you be following this Nashville weekend getaway itinerary?! What are you the most excited for?

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10 Best Weekend Getaways in Tennessee: Explore Nashville, Memphis, Gatlinburg, and More in 2024

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February 24, 2023

Brief Introduction about weekend getaways in Tennessee

Tennessee is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States and it offers a variety of weekend getaway options for visitors 👍 . Some popular destinations for weekend getaways in Tennessee include Nashville, Memphis, Gatlinburg, Chattanooga, and Pigeon Forge 😍 .

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In Nashville, visitors can enjoy live music, delicious food, and explore the city's rich history and culture. Memphis is known for its vibrant music scene, barbecue, and iconic landmarks such as Graceland and Beale Street. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are situated in the Great Smoky Mountains and offer outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and scenic drives. Chattanooga is a charming city with a variety of attractions, including the Tennessee Aquarium and Rock City Gardens. Other potential activities for weekend getaways in Tennessee include visiting wineries, exploring historic sites, and experiencing the state's natural beauty through activities such as kayaking, horseback riding, and zip-lining 😍 .

10 Best Weekend Getaways in Tennessee

1. nashville.

Weekend getaways in tennessee - Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Weekend getaways in Tennessee - Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

  • Address: Nashville, TN
  • Driving Time: Approximately 3 hours from Memphis, TN; 2 hours from Louisville, KY; 4 hours from Atlanta, GA
  • Recommended Hotels: The Hermitage Hotel, Omni Nashville Hotel, Thompson NashvilleOther
  • Nearby Attractions: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ryman Auditorium, Belle Meade Plantation

>> Nashville's RCA Studio B & Country Music Hall of Fame Admission Ticket Combo

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Weekend getaways in tennessee - Greenbelt Park

Weekend getaways in Tennessee - Greenbelt Park

  • Address: Memphis, TN
  • Driving Time: Approximately 3 hours from Nashville, TN; 2.5 hours from Little Rock, AR; 4.5 hours from Birmingham, AL
  • Recommended Hotels: The Peabody Memphis, The Guest House at Graceland, River Inn of Harbor Town
  • Other Nearby Attractions: Graceland, Beale Street, National Civil Rights Museum

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Big cypress lodge, abode memphis - pontotoc, the river city flats, peabody memphis, the guest house at graceland, four points by sheraton memphis - southwind, travelodge by wyndham memphis airport/graceland, hu hotel memphis, the westin memphis beale street, la quinta inn & suites by wyndham memphis downtown, sheraton memphis downtown hotel, springhill suites memphis downtown, canopy by hilton memphis downtown beale street, crowne plaza memphis downtown, doubletree by hilton hotel memphis downtown, 3. chattanooga.

Weekend getaways in tennessee - Tennessee Aquarium

Weekend getaways in Tennessee - Tennessee Aquarium

  • Address: Chattanooga, TN
  • Driving Time: Approximately 2 hours from Nashville, TN; 2 hours from Atlanta, GA; 3.5 hours from Charlotte, NC
  • Recommended Hotels: The Read House, The Chattanoogan Hotel, The Westin Chattanooga
  • Other Nearby Attractions: Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Rock City Gardens

Hotels in Chattanooga

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Weekend getaways in tennessee - Anakeesta

Weekend getaways in Tennessee - Anakeesta

  • Address: Gatlinburg, TN
  • Driving Time: Approximately 3 hours from Nashville, TN; 1.5 hours from Knoxville, TN; 4.5 hours from Charlotte, NC
  • Recommended Hotels: Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg, The Lodge at Buckberry Creek, Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg
  • Other Nearby Attractions: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park, Gatlinburg Space Needle

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Hotels in Gatlinburg

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Weekend getaways in tennessee - The Island in Pigeon Forge

Weekend getaways in tennessee - The Island in Pigeon Forge

  • Address: Pigeon Forge, TN
  • Recommended Hotels: Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa, The Inn at Christmas Place, The Island in Pigeon Forge
  • Other Nearby Attractions: Dollywood, Titanic Museum, Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster

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Weekend getaways in Tennessee - Market Square

  • Address: Knoxville, TN
  • Driving Time: Approximately 2.5 hours from Nashville, TN; 2 hours from Asheville, NC; 3.5 hours from Louisville, KY
  • Recommended Hotels: The Tennessean Hotel, Graduate Knoxville, Hyatt Place Knoxville/Downtown
  • Other Nearby Attractions: Market Square, Knoxville Museum of Art, World's Fair Park

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Weekend getaways in Tennessee - Liberty Park and Marina

  • Address: Clarksville, TN
  • Driving Time: Approximately 1 hour from Nashville, TN; 2.5 hours from Louisville, KY; 2.5 hours from St. Louis
  • Recommended Hotels: The Riverview Inn, Courtyard by Marriott Clarksville, Hilton Garden Inn Clarksville
  • Other Nearby Attractions: Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center, Dunbar Cave State Park, Beachaven Vineyards & Winery

8. Franklin

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Weekend getaways in Tennessee - Carnton

  • Address: Franklin, TN
  • Driving Time: Approximately 30 minutes from Nashville, TN; 3 hours from Louisville, KY; 3 hours from Memphis, TN
  • Recommended Hotels: The Harpeth Hotel, Homewood Suites by Hilton Nashville Franklin, Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
  • Other Nearby Attractions: Carnton Plantation, Carter House, Leiper's Fork

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Weekend getaways in Tennessee - Blue Ridge Parkway

  • Address: Johnson City, TN
  • Driving Time: Approximately 3 hours from Nashville, TN; 1.5 hours from Asheville, NC; 2.5 hours from Charlotte, NC
  • Recommended Hotels: Carnegie Hotel & Spa, DoubleTree by Hilton Johnson City, Holiday Inn Johnson City
  • Other Nearby Attractions: Tweetsie Trail, Hands On! Discovery Center, Buffalo Mountain Park

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Weekend getaways in Tennessee - Burgess Falls State Park

  • Address: Cookeville, TN
  • Driving Time: Approximately 1.5 hours from Nashville, TN; 2.5 hours from Knoxville, TN; 4 hours from Louisville, KY
  • Recommended Hotels: Fairfield Inn & Suites Cookeville, Hampton Inn Cookeville, Comfort Suites Cookeville
  • Other Nearby Attractions: Cummins Falls State Park, Burgess Falls State Park, Tennessee Tech University

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Some popular destinations for weekend getaways in Tennessee include Nashville, Memphis, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.

What are some outdoor activities to enjoy during a weekend getaway in Tennessee?

Tennessee is known for its natural beauty and offers many outdoor activities, such as hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, fishing on the Cumberland River, and kayaking on the Tennessee River.

What are some family-friendly attractions to visit during a weekend getaway in Tennessee?

Tennessee offers many family-friendly attractions, such as the Dollywood amusement park in Pigeon Forge, the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, and the Memphis Zoo in Memphis.

What is the best time of year to plan a weekend getaway in Tennessee?

The best time of year to plan a weekend getaway in Tennessee depends on your interests. Spring and fall offer mild temperatures and beautiful scenery, while summer offers many outdoor activities and festivals. Winter is a great time to visit for skiing and snowboarding in the mountains.

What are some recommended accommodations for a weekend getaway in Tennessee?

Tennessee offers a range of accommodations to suit every budget, such as hotels, resorts, cabins, and bed and breakfasts. Some popular options include the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, the Margaritaville Resort in Gatlinburg, and the Chanticleer Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lookout Mountain.

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15 Fun Tennessee Road Trips For Your Bucket List

February 19, 2021 //  by  Southern Trippers

Are you looking for fun Tennessee road trip ideas to add to your bucket list? Then you’ll love this list of fun and unique road trip ideas.

Tennessee is a beautiful state in the Southern United States most known for country music, beautiful mountain views, and Tennessee Hot Chicken. But there are so many other things that also make the state an awesome place to visit. Whether you’ve got a long weekend or a whole week to visit, you wont regret taking a road trip to see some of the best Tennessee has to offer.

Whether you want to hit all the major cities and explore the country music scene, taste your way through the state, or just enjoy the views, there is a Tennessee road trip for you. We’ve found the 15 best road trips that will make sure you get the most out of your next trip to Tennessee.

A gravel road near the great smoky mountains with green pastures and lined with trees

Tennessee Waterfalls Road Trip

  • Cummins Falls
  • Burgess Falls
  • Fall Creek Falls

Thanks to the landscape of the Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee has some beautiful waterfalls. Start your trip at Cummins Falls on the Blackburn Fork State Scenic River. It is a very popular waterfall to visit and swim in during the warmer months. Next, head to Burgess Falls. Burgess Falls is in the Burgess Falls State Park, where you can find a total of four different waterfalls.

Continue on to Falls Creek Falls. It is a beautiful waterfall that has been featured in films and is the most visited State Park in the Summer. Finish your waterfall road trip at the Twin Falls. It is not a naturally formed waterfall, but it is stunning any time of the year, but especially during the Fall.

Fall creek falls in the summer one of the best Tennessee road trips

Big City Lights Road Trip

Start your Big City Lights road trip in the Western tip of Tennessee in Memphis. There you’ll want to take a tour of Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, walk down Beale Street, and explore the National Civil Rights Museum. From Memphis, continue heading East to Nashville.

In Nashville, enjoy the Country Music Capital by visiting the Grand Ole’ Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and exploring the famous Centennial Park. Finish your Big City road trip in Knoxville. There you’ll be able to visit the Sunsphere, the World’s Fair Park, and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

The entrance of Elvis' home, Graceland, one of the best stops on a Tennessee road trip

Best of Nature

  • Twin Arches
  • Rock Island State Park
  • Lookout Mountain
  • Cherohala Skyway

Start your journey through the best natural wonders of Tennessee in the North at Big South Fork State Park. There, you’ll want to take the Twin Arches Loop Trail where you can get close up views of the two natural rock arches on the trail. From there, continue South to Rock Island State Park. There you can see beautiful waterfalls and the Caney Fork River Gorge.

Continue South to Lookout Mountain. At Lookout Mountain you can purchase tickets to see the Ruby Falls, the “Seven States View”, or ride the Incline Railway. End your road trip by heading East towards Cherohala Skyway. It borders on North Carolina and offers picturesque views of the forested mountainside.

Ruby Falls lit up, and underground waterfall in Tennessee

Haunted Tennessee

  • Bell Witch Cave
  • Stones River National Battlefield
  • Hurricane Mills

Lovers of the supernatural will love this road trip, and definitely recognize the first stop on the Haunted Tennessee Road Trip. The Bell Witch Cave is infamous after a local family was haunted for years by the ghost of a witch that claimed to be from a nearby cave system. So, of course, it’s the first stop on your road trip.

Next, head South to the Stones River National Battlefield. There you can look for ghostly apparitions walking the grounds. End your Haunted Tennessee Road Trip in Hurricane Mills. There you can explore the Loretta Lynn Ranch which is rumored to be haunted.

Tombstones at the Stones River National Battlefield one of the best stops on a haunted Tennessee road trip

Fall Foliage

  • Port Royal State Park
  • Ocoee Scenic Byway
  • Great Smoky Mountain State Park

For the ultimate Fall Foliage Road Trip through Tennessee, start in the Northwestern part of the state at Port Royal State Park. There you can hike the trails or take a historical tour of the small town of Port Royal. From there, head Southeast to the Ocoee Scenic Byway.

As you drive the Ocoee Scenic Byway you’ll get to experience stunning views of rock bluffs and mountain peaks covered in bright Fall foliage. Finish your Fall Foliage Road Trip at the Great Smoky Mountain State Park. There you can go hiking, admire waterfalls, and even go whitewater rafting while you take in the beautiful fall colors. Check out the best places for Fall Foliage in Tennessee!

A road in the great smoky mountains surrounded by trees with yellow, orange, and red leaves in the fall.

Covered Bridges

  • Harrisburg Covered Bridge
  • Bible Covered Bridge
  • Elizabethton Covered Bridge

You’ll start your tour of Tennessee’s covered bridges outside of Pigeon Forge at the Harrisburg Covered Bridge. The Harrisburg Covered Bridge was originally built in 1875 and features a traditional king post truss design. From there, head North to the Bible Covered Bridge.

The Bible Covered Bridge is painted a deep brick red and resembles a barn. Just outside the bridge, there is a large plaque that details its history. Finish your trip at the Elizabethton Covered Bridge. Constructed in 1832 it is 134ft and painted white, making it a very unique covered bridge.

A white covered bridge in Tennessee that crosses a wide creek

National Parks of Tennessee

  • Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Begin your National Parks of Tennessee road trip at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. It’s home to one of the natural wonders of Tennessee, the Twin Arches. From there, head to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

There are plenty of things to do in and around the Great Smoky Mountains, so plan to spend some time there. End your tour of Tennessee’s National Parks at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. There you can learn about the battle that effectively ended the Civil War and Confederacy.

One of the natural stone arches known as the Twin Arches at Big South Fork National Park in Tennessee

Abandoned Tennessee

  • Gilley’s Hotel
  • Island View School
  • The Minister’s Treehouse
  • Tennessee State Prison

Tennessee has some unique abandoned structures, and finding them makes for a fun road trip itinerary. In Bulls Gap you’ll explore Gilley’s Hotel and it’s where you’ll start your road trip. Continue South to the Island View School, an old school house that is abandoned on the side of Boyds Creek Highway.

Next, you’ll head to The Minister’s Treehouse, which is got to be one of the coolest things in all of Tennessee. It is a treehouse that was built by Minister Horace Burgess after he felt called by God to build it. Finish your trip at the Tennessee State Prison, which is the home of the famous ‘The Green Mile’.

The Minister's Treehouse a unique abandoned building in Tennessee one of the most unique stops on a Tennessee road trip

The Great Smoky Mountains

  • Sevierville

You’ll want to start your drive through the Great Smoky Mountains in Knoxville. Explore the beautiful city with the Great Smoky Mountains in the background. Next, continue on to Sevierville. Hike the Laurel Falls Trail, admire 360 views from Clingman’s Dome, and grab some BBQ for dinner.

While on the way to Gatlinburg, if you have the time, stop in the adorably kitschy Pigeon Forge . If you don’t have the time, finish your trip in Gatlinburg . There you’ll find the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and you’ll get to experience the full majesty of the mountain range. You’ll want to spend a few days there exploring before you leave.

The Great Smoky Mountains at sunset in Tennessee one of the best stops on a Tennessee road trip

Tennessee Foodie Trail

  • Hagy’s Catfish Hotel Restaurant
  • Prince’s Hot Chicken
  • Barrel House BBQ
  • Doc Collier Distillery

Tennesse is an amazing state for foodies to explore. For this road trip, you’re going to span the state, and start in the Southwest. There you’ll find Hagy’s Catfish Hotel Restaurant. Enjoy amazing fried fish and Southern comfort food staples. Next, head to Nashville for Prince’s Hot Chicken. Prince’s is the father of Nashville Hot Chicken, and is an absolute must visit for any serious foodie.

From Nashville, head south to Lynchburg and feast on delicious BBQ at Barrel House BBQ. It is one of the best BBQ places in Tennessee and you’ll leave happy and full. Finish your Tennessee Foodie Trail with some Tennessee whisky at the Doc Collier Distillery in Gatlinburg . You’ll end your trip sampling whisky and flavored moonshines. It can’t get more Tennessee than that!

A Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich a must eat for foodies taking a Tennessee road trip

Theme Parks of Tennessee

  • Soaky Mountain
  • Lake Winne and Soakya Waterpark

Thrill seekers will love exploring some of the best Theme Parks of Tennessee. If you are traveling in the Summer, you’ll want to make sure your first stop is the Soaky Mountain waterpark in Sevierville. It is a large park with water coasters, slides, a splash mat, and so much more. A trip to Tennessee wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t stop at Dollywood.

Dollywood celebrates Dolly Parton and has coasters, amazing park restaurants, and awesome live shows. Next head to Anakeesta, a theme park in the mountains of Gatlinburg . You’ll be able to zip line, go gem mining, ride mountain coasters, and enjoy a tree canopy walk. Finish your adventure at the Lake Winne and Soakya Waterpark. It is a small park on the state line with Georgia and offers vintage style coasters, a small waterpark, and kiddie rides.

The outside of the Palace Theater in Dollywood one of the best theme parks for a Tennessee road trip

Tennessee’s Scenic Byways

  • Antebellum Trail
  • Cumberland Scenic Byway
  • Cades Cove Loop

Tennessee is a beautiful state, so it is naturally full of scenic byway, many of which you can use to explore the entire state. For this road trip, we suggest starting on the Antebellum Trail, an unofficial scenic byway that starts South of Nashville in Franklin. It takes you through the middle of Tennessee where you’ll get to admire beautiful Antebellum Architecture.

While you’re in the middle of the state, hop onto the Cumberland Scenic Byway. You’ll pass through several counties and make your way to the Great Smoky Mountains. Stop at any one of the scenic overlooks to enjoy the beautiful views. Finish your trip in the Great Smoky Mountains on the Cades Cove Loop. You’ll enjoy stunning views of the mountains and historical buildings inside the park.

An Antebellum architecture home in Tennessee

Hiking Through Tennessee

  • Ramsey Cascades
  • Abrams Falls Way
  • Rainbow Falls Trail
  • Cataract Falls

Hiking Through Tennessee is an amazing way to see the state. The road trip starts off at Ramsey Cascades, which are actually the highest falls in the Smokies. Next, head to Abrams Falls Way. There you’ll hike to one of the smaller waterfalls on this trip, but the views are beautiful.

At the Rainbow Falls Trail you’ll actually be close to three trail heads. One for Rainbow Falls, one for Baskins Creek Falls, and one for the Grotto Falls. You can hike all of them or one of them, whatever you have time for. Finish the road trip at Cataract Falls. Its about a half mile hike and is actually one of the easiest hikes in the area, which is a perfect way to end a day or weekend spent hiking.

The Ramsay Cascades in the Great Smoky Mountains

Hidden Gems of Tennessee

  • The Lost Sea
  • The Ministers Treehouse
  • The First Cracker Barrell Old Country Store
  • Geographic Center of Tennessee

Tennessee is full of unique attractions that you can only find in the state. Start your journey to the Hidden Gems of Tennessee in Sweetwater where you’ll explore the Lost Sea. You’ll tour 3/4 mile cavern system and get to take a short boat tour on the underground lake. Next, head to the Minister’s Treehouse. It is a massive abandoned treehouse structure built by a Minister in the early 1990s.

Continue your journey to the very first Cracker Barrell Old Country Store. It was opened in 1969 and now you can visit it at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. End your road trip at the Geographic Center of Tennessee. You can mark your trip by taking a picture next to the obelisk along the side of the road.

The Lost Sea in Tennessee, an underground lake

Tennessee’s Ghost Towns

  • Mousetail Landing State Park
  • Big Greenbriar

Start your spooky road trip through Tennessee’s Ghost Towns at Mousetail Landing State Park. Legend has it that an entire town was flooded and is now hidden under the murky waters of lake at Mousetail Landing. Continue on to the town of Wheat, which was once a thriving city. Now all that’s left of it is the small George Jones Missionary Church.

Your next stop is one of Tennessee’s most haunted towns – Elkmont. It was originally a logging camp, then a popular vacation spot, but after the land was bought in the 90s by the National Parks service it was quickly abandoned. Now it is a ghostly city in the mountains that is run down and decaying. End your trip through Tennessee’s haunted towns in Big Greenbriar. It too was once a popular city, but after the local industry dried up, it was quickly abandoned and now is nothing but stone foundations.

An abandoned home in Elkmont Tennessee one of the scariest ghost towns in Tennessee

Have you done any of these fun Tennessee road trips, or anything similar? If you have, what was your favorite part of your trip? If you haven’t tried any of these road trips yet, let us know in the comments which one you want to try!

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Summer Festivals and Events in Tennessee

Tennessee's summer sizzles! Live music and quirky festivals are abundant every weekend, so check out this guide for summer festivals and events in Tennessee.

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Summer sizzles with festivals in Tennessee. You'll find music festivals at each corner of the state as well as quirky and kid-friendly festivals. Add these summer festivals and events in Tennessee to your calendar.

Tennessee Festivals and Events in May

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Rural West Tennessee Strawberry Festival in small town Humboldt, TN

Tennessee’s largest and longest-running festival since 1934 is the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival now through May 11, 2024. Enjoy a week of family fun that includes 9 blocks with over 20 events including live music, two parades, carnival fun and food trucks as well as an opening celebration with fireworks. Popular events include Shortcake in the Park where you can enjoy strawberry shortcake on Wednesday, Grand Floats Parade on Friday and shopping at the Strawberry Market on Main on Saturday.

Memphis in May International Festival – Memphis

World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest as part of Memphis in May in Memphis TN

Memphis in May International Festival is a month-long celebration of the talent, food and music of Memphis. Enjoy seeing some of the best barbecue teams compete at The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest May 15-18, 2024 at Liberty Park and The Great American River Run May 25, 2024 in downtown Memphis and along the Mississippi River. This year, the festival extends their 2024 International Salute to France 

Tennessee Whiskey Week – Statewide

Leiper's Fork Distillery in Franklin, TN

Celebrate the spirits being crafted in Tennessee during Tennessee Whiskey Week May 15-21, 2024 with culinary pairings, whiskey and cocktail specials, tours and tastings. Enjoy the Grand Tasting Experience May 20, 2024 at Riverfront Park & Ascend Amphitheater where you can enjoy live music, a cigar lounge, tastings from all Tennessee Whiskey Trail distilleries and interactive games. 

Bloomin’ BBQ Music & Food Festival – Sevierville

Bloomin' Barbecue &amp; Bluegrass Festival in Sevierville  TN

Enjoy free live music and free admission to the annual Bloomin’ BBQ Music & Food Festival in Sevierville May 17-18, 2024. Devour as much as some of the nation’s best barbecue and tap your feet to music at this family-friendly festival. A unique part of the festival is the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition that honors Dolly Parton’s songwriting by encouraging contestants to sing one of her 3,000 songs in their own vocal style. 

Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival – Wartburg

Tennessee mountain laurel on a hiking trail near Wartburg, TN

Celebrate the beauty of Tennessee at the Tennessee Mountain Laurel Festival May 18 in downtown Wartburg. Enjoy a 5K Ridge Run, live music, food, dog training demonstrations, craft demonstrations and a kids’ area with entertainment. Take a hike to see the Tennessee Mountain Laurel on any of the 60 hiking trails that span three state parks, two national parks and four state natural areas. 

United Tastes of America at Anakeesta – Gatlinburg

Take a culinary road trip across the United States without ever leaving Gatlinburg at the United Tastes of America food festival May 24-Aug. 11 at Anakeesta . Pick up a tasting pass and “visit” 12 states, tasting distinct culinary creations from each region. Everything from lobster rolls to bread pudding and hot Italian beef sandwiches are on the menu. It’s a fun way to celebrate America as the world’s “melting pot.” Daily live music with The Tennessee Line will provide bluegrass and country music tunes while you sample. 

CaveJam – Pelham

The Caverns in Pelham, TN

CaveJam , a 3-day, multi-stage camping festival, is your chance to experience live music above ground and in The Caverns ’ subterranean venue May 24-26. The String Cheese Incident will headline CaveJam with three sets above ground and one special set below. Twenty artists and bands will perform over the three days. VIP glamping options in their new yurts as well as spacious camping spots are available.

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Exit 56 Blues Fest in Brownsville TN

Exit 56 Blues Fest commemorates the important music contributions of three blues pioneers who called Brownsville, Tennessee home: “Sleepy” John Estes, Hammie Nixon and Yank Rachell on May 25-26, 2024. Live blues music, a cruise-in, deep-fried barbecue eating contest, arts and crafts and a corvette car show can be enjoyed. 

Tennessee State Disc Golf Championships – Morristown

Disc Golf Championship in Morristown, TN

The Tennessee State Disc Golf Championship May 31-June 2, 2024 in Morristown, Tennessee welcomes PDGA A-tier Pro and Amateur Division players to compete in Tennessee’s Disc Golf Capital. The tournament will be hosted at Cherokee Park, Frank Lorino Park and Wayne Hansard Park as well as Panther Creek state Park.  

Tennessee Festivals and Events in June

National moofest – athens .

East Tennessee’s largest agricultural festival, National MooFest takes place June 1, 2024 in downtown Athens. The historic town hosts several fan-favorite festival activities including the Moo Run, The Maggie Strut, Mayfield Dairy Farms contests and the Bovines & Bling Costume Contest. Interactive agricultural exhibits and local shopping featuring more than 150 food, crafts and art vendors can also be enjoyed. There will be two stages of bluegrass bands and artists performing during the festival.

CMA Music Festival – Nashville

CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville, TN

CMA Music Festival comes back bigger and better than ever for its 49th installment of the festival this year. Mark your calendar for June 6-9, 2024 where the brightest stars in country flock to Nashville for the biggest party in the city. Nissan Stadium Main Stage will see performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett, Jelly Roll, Lainey Wilson, The War And Treaty, HARDY and many more. 2024 passes are now available for purchase. 

Blue Plum Festival – Johnson City

Blue Plum Arts and Music Festival in Johnson City TN

The Blue Plum Festival celebrates 25 years of family-friendly fun and music June 7-8, 2024. The music festival will welcome performances by Shadowgrass, Wheelwright, Autumn Nicholas, Connor Kelly & the Time Warp and more on Friday with Motherfolk, Happy Landing, Dawson Hollow, Ladybirds, Easy Honey and more on Saturday. A silent disco, kids area with fun activities and lots of food options will keep your whole family entertained as you kick off summer in Johnson City. 

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It’s time to celebrate Tennessee’s beloved Queen of Country, Dolly Parton at Rhinestone Fest: For the Love of Dolly June 7-8, 2024 in and around Knoxville’s Old City. Don your Dolly-best for a fun weekend of art, music, food and historic walk through her rhinestone-studded career. Bring the whole family to enjoy the free festival.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival – Manchester

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN

Artists like Megan Thee Stallion, Pretty Lights, Post Malone, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fred Again.. and more will play for music fans who will once again flock to the 700-acre farm for Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival June 13-16, 2024 in Manchester. The farm becomes a city with various events like yoga, Broo'ers Festival, sustainable fun at Planet Roo, the classic Ferris Wheel, Splash-A-Roo and a village market with curated crafts, art and experiences. Tickets and packages are on sale now.

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Celebrate one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world and Chattanooga’s scenic beauty at The Walnut Street Bridge Festival June 23, 2024. Live entertainment by local artists, food trucks, shopping and a kids zone in Coolidge Park with inflatables, performances, games and food can be enjoyed. The festival is free admission.

Country Thunder – Bristol

Bring your boots to Bristol, TN for Country Thunder Music Festival June 28-29, 2024. Enjoy performances by country music stars Cody Johnson, HARDY, Bailey Zimmerman, Trace Adkins, Lonestar, Shenandoah and many more. Packages and single day tickets are available. Secure a premier campsite to enjoy the full weekend of live music.

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The first Independence Day Parade in the nation takes place in Gatlinburg during the July 4th Midnight Parade starting at 12:01 a.m. The legendary Harlem Globetrotters are the Grand Marshals this year. The route starts at Baskins Creek Bypass and continues down the length of downtown, stretching over a mile. Expect to see amazing floats and patriotic displays, performances and a spectacular fireworks display in the heart of downtown at 10 p.m. July 4. Don’t miss the Harlem Globetrotters meet and greet on July 3. 

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The family-friendly Patriot Festival on July 4, 2024 at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge is a free celebration of America’s birthday. Music, food and, of course, fireworks add to the fun. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy all the entertainment.

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Nashville pulls out all the stops for the annual Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th in downtown Nashville. Enjoy music by YOLA, Girl Named Tom, Blessing Offor and headliner Chris Young as well as endless kid-friendly fun, food and more. End the night with one of the largest fireworks shows in the country with pyrotechnics synchronized to live music by GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony.

Watermelon Crawl Festival – Monterey

Celebrate the tastes of summer at the Watermelon Crawl Festival July 20, 2024 in downtown Monterey. The town, located about 93 miles from Nashville, will buzz with summer fun that includes local shop vendors, a petting zoo and kids zone as well as free slices of watermelon and other delicious, mouthwatering foods. The outdoor event is free admission.

Monteagle Mountain Market for Arts & Crafts – Monteagle

The Monteagle Mountain Market for Arts & Crafts in Hannah Pickett Park in Monteagle takes place July 27-28, 2024. The free festival has more than 100 artisans and crafters displaying handmade creations including stained glass, pottery, paintings, primitive and refurbished furniture, woodcrafts, jewelry and more. Marvel at the chainsaw carving demonstrations and blacksmith demonstrations. Various food from barbecue to Mediterranean will be available from food vendors. 

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Chattanooga’s restaurants compete for the coveted title of Best Margarita in Town at the Chattanooga Margarita Festival Aug. 10, 2024 at the First Horizon Pavilion in downtown Chattanooga. Sip your way through your Sample Passport featuring 10 mini margaritas that are shaken, salted, stirred or frozen. Then, vote for your favorite. Enjoy live entertainment from local DJs, food and a Margarita Fest photobooth. Every sip counts as proceeds benefit the Chattanooga Market, the region’s largest producer-only marketplace.

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Tennessee historic legend David Crockett's Historic Tavern for his 238th Birthday Celebration in Morristown TN

Step back in time in Morristown during David Crockett’s 238th Birthday Celebration Aug. 17, 2024 at Crockett Tavern Museum , built on the site of David Crockett’s boyhood home and is a reconstruction of the 1790’s John Crockett Tavern. Celebrate Tennessee’s favorite son with blacksmithing demonstrations, storytelling, music, museum tours and birthday cake. 

Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Club Invasion – Pigeon Forge

Open to all Jeep enthusiasts and Jeep Clubs throughout the nation, the annual Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion Aug. 22-24, 2024 is one of the largest Show and Shine competitions and expos in the country for all leading Jeep parts and their accessory vendors. Jeeps of all varieties, including Wrangler, JT, JL, JK, TJ, and YJ as well as XJs and WJs, will be in attendance. The show is located at the LeConte Center, and admission can be purchased each day at the door. Get ready to see lift kits, mud tires and light bars fill the streets. Find more car events in Tennessee .

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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of solar flares early Saturday afternoon. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says there have been measurable effects and impacts from the geomagnetic storm. Solar Dynamics Observatory hide caption

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of solar flares early Saturday afternoon. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says there have been measurable effects and impacts from the geomagnetic storm.

Planet Earth is getting rocked by the biggest solar storm in decades – and the potential effects have those people in charge of power grids, communications systems and satellites on edge.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says there have been measurable effects and impacts from the geomagnetic storm that has been visible as aurora across vast swathes of the Northern Hemisphere. So far though, NOAA has seen no reports of major damage.

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There has been some degradation and loss to communication systems that rely on high-frequency radio waves, NOAA told NPR, as well as some preliminary indications of irregularities in power systems.

"Simply put, the power grid operators have been busy since yesterday working to keep proper, regulated current flowing without disruption," said Shawn Dahl, service coordinator for the Boulder, Co.-based Space Weather Prediction Center at NOAA.

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"Satellite operators are also busy monitoring spacecraft health due to the S1-S2 storm taking place along with the severe-extreme geomagnetic storm that continues even now," Dahl added, saying some GPS systems have struggled to lock locations and offered incorrect positions.

NOAA's GOES-16 satellite captured a flare erupting occurred around 2 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2024.

As NOAA had warned late Friday, the Earth has been experiencing a G5, or "Extreme," geomagnetic storm . It's the first G5 storm to hit the planet since 2003, when a similar event temporarily knocked out power in part of Sweden and damaged electrical transformers in South Africa.

The NOAA center predicted that this current storm could induce auroras visible as far south as Northern California and Alabama.

Extreme (G5) geomagnetic conditions have been observed! pic.twitter.com/qLsC8GbWus — NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (@NWSSWPC) May 10, 2024

Around the world on social media, posters put up photos of bright auroras visible in Russia , Scandinavia , the United Kingdom and continental Europe . Some reported seeing the aurora as far south as Mallorca, Spain .

The source of the solar storm is a cluster of sunspots on the sun's surface that is 17 times the diameter of the Earth. The spots are filled with tangled magnetic fields that can act as slingshots, throwing huge quantities of charged particles towards our planet. These events, known as coronal mass ejections, become more common during the peak of the Sun's 11-year solar cycle.

A powerful solar storm is bringing northern lights to unusual places

Usually, they miss the Earth, but this time, NOAA says several have headed directly toward our planet, and the agency predicted that several waves of flares will continue to slam into the Earth over the next few days.

While the storm has proven to be large, predicting the effects from such incidents can be difficult, Dahl said.

Shocking problems

The most disruptive solar storm ever recorded came in 1859. Known as the "Carrington Event," it generated shimmering auroras that were visible as far south as Mexico and Hawaii. It also fried telegraph systems throughout Europe and North America.

Stronger activity on the sun could bring more displays of the northern lights in 2024

Stronger activity on the sun could bring more displays of the northern lights in 2024

While this geomagnetic storm will not be as strong, the world has grown more reliant on electronics and electrical systems. Depending on the orientation of the storm's magnetic field, it could induce unexpected electrical currents in long-distance power lines — those currents could cause safety systems to flip, triggering temporary power outages in some areas.

my cat just experienced the aurora borealis, one of the world's most radiant natural phenomena... and she doesn't care pic.twitter.com/Ee74FpWHFm — PJ (@kickthepj) May 10, 2024

The storm is also likely to disrupt the ionosphere, a section of Earth's atmosphere filled with charged particles. Some long-distance radio transmissions use the ionosphere to "bounce" signals around the globe, and those signals will likely be disrupted. The particles may also refract and otherwise scramble signals from the global positioning system, according to Rob Steenburgh, a space scientist with NOAA. Those effects can linger for a few days after the storm.

Like Dahl, Steenburgh said it's unclear just how bad the disruptions will be. While we are more dependent than ever on GPS, there are also more satellites in orbit. Moreover, the anomalies from the storm are constantly shifting through the ionosphere like ripples in a pool. "Outages, with any luck, should not be prolonged," Steenburgh said.

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The radiation from the storm could have other undesirable effects. At high altitudes, it could damage satellites, while at low altitudes, it's likely to increase atmospheric drag, causing some satellites to sink toward the Earth.

The changes to orbits wreak havoc, warns Tuija Pulkkinen, chair of the department of climate and space sciences at the University of Michigan. Since the last solar maximum, companies such as SpaceX have launched thousands of satellites into low Earth orbit. Those satellites will now see their orbits unexpectedly changed.

"There's a lot of companies that haven't seen these kind of space weather effects before," she says.

The International Space Station lies within Earth's magnetosphere, so its astronauts should be mostly protected, Steenburgh says.

In a statement, NASA said that astronauts would not take additional measures to protect themselves. "NASA completed a thorough analysis of recent space weather activity and determined it posed no risk to the crew aboard the International Space Station and no additional precautionary measures are needed," the agency said late Friday.

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People visit St Mary's lighthouse in Whitley Bay to see the aurora borealis on Friday in Whitley Bay, England. Ian Forsyth/Getty Images hide caption

People visit St Mary's lighthouse in Whitley Bay to see the aurora borealis on Friday in Whitley Bay, England.

While this storm will undoubtedly keep satellite operators and utilities busy over the next few days, individuals don't really need to do much to get ready.

"As far as what the general public should be doing, hopefully they're not having to do anything," Dahl said. "Weather permitting, they may be visible again tonight." He advised that the largest problem could be a brief blackout, so keeping some flashlights and a radio handy might prove helpful.

I took these photos near Ranfurly in Central Otago, New Zealand. Anyone can use them please spread far and wide. :-) https://t.co/NUWpLiqY2S — Dr Andrew Dickson reform/ACC (@AndrewDickson13) May 10, 2024

And don't forget to go outside and look up, adds Steenburgh. This event's aurora is visible much further south than usual.

A faint aurora can be detected by a modern cell phone camera, he adds, so even if you can't see it with your eyes, try taking a photo of the sky.

The aurora "is really the gift from space weather," he says.

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A dramatic blast from the sun set off the highest-level geomagnetic storm in Earth’s atmosphere on Friday that is expected to make the northern lights visible as far south as Florida and Southern California and could interfere with power grids, communications and navigations system.

It is the strongest such storm to reach Earth since Halloween of 2003. That one was strong enough to create power outages in Sweden and damage transformers in South Africa.

The effects could continue through the weekend as a steady stream of emissions from the sun continues to bombard the planet’s magnetic field.

The solar activity is so powerful that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which monitors space weather, issued an unusual storm watch for the first time in 19 years, which was then upgraded to a warning. The agency began observing outbursts on the sun’s surface on Wednesday, with at least five heading in the direction of Earth.

“What we’re expecting over the next couple of days should be more significant than what we’ve seen certainly so far,” Mike Bettwy, the operations chief at NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, said at a news conference on Friday morning.

For people in many places, the most visible part of the storm will be the northern lights, known also as auroras. But authorities and companies will also be on the lookout for the event’s effects on infrastructure, like global positioning systems, radio communications and even electrical power.

While the northern lights are most often seen in higher latitudes closer to the North Pole, people in many more parts of the world are already getting a show this weekend that could last through the early part of next week.

Windmills against skies glowing pink, purple and green.

As Friday turned to Saturday in Europe, people across the continent described skies hued in a mottling of colors.

Alfredo Carpineti , an astrophysicist, journalist and author in North London, saw them with his husband from the rooftop of their apartment building.

“It is incredible to be able to see the aurora directly from one’s own backyard,” he said. “I was hoping to maybe catch a glimpse of green on the horizon, but it was all across the sky in both green and purple.”

Here’s what you need to know about this weekend’s solar event.

How will the storm affect people on Earth?

A geomagnetic storm watch or warning indicates that space weather may affect critical infrastructure on or orbiting near Earth. It may introduce additional current into systems, which could damage pipelines, railroad tracks and power lines.

According to Joe Llama, an astronomer at Lowell Observatory, communications that rely on high frequency radio waves, such as ham radio and commercial aviation , are most likely to suffer. That means it is unlikely that your cellphone or car radio, which depend on much higher frequency radio waves, will conk out.

Still, it is possible for blackouts to occur. As with any power outage, you can prepare by keeping your devices charged and having access to backup batteries, generators and radio.

The most notable solar storm recorded in history occurred in 1859. Known as the Carrington Event, it lasted for nearly a week, creating aurora that stretched down to Hawaii and Central America and impacting hundreds of thousands of miles of telegraph lines.

But that was technology of the 19th century, used before scientists fully understood how solar activity disrupted Earth’s atmosphere and communication systems.

“That was an extreme level event,” said Shawn Dahl, a forecaster at NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center. “We are not anticipating that.”

Unlike tornado watches and warnings, the target audience for NOAA’s announcements is not the public.

“For most people here on planet Earth, they won’t have to do anything,” said Rob Steenburgh, a space scientist at NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center.

The goal of the announcements is to give agencies and companies that operate this infrastructure time to put protection measures in place to mitigate any effects.

“If everything is working like it should, the grid will be stable and they’ll be able to go about their daily lives,” Mr. Steenburgh said.

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Will I be able to see the northern lights?

It is possible that the northern lights may grace the skies this week over places that don’t usually see them. The best visibility is outside the bright lights of cities.

Clouds or stormy weather could pose a problem in some places. But if the skies are clear, even well south of where the aurora is forecast to take place, snap a picture or record a video with your cellphone. The sensor on the camera is more sensitive to the wavelengths produced by the aurora and may produce an image you can’t see with the naked eye.

Another opportunity could be viewing sunspots during the daytime, if your skies are clear. As always, do not look directly at the sun without protection. But if you still have your eclipse glasses lying around from the April 8 event, you may try to use them to try to spot the cluster of sunspots causing the activity.

How strong is the current geomagnetic storm?

Giant explosions on the surface of the sun, known as coronal mass ejections, send streams of energetic particles into space. But the sun is large, and such outbursts may not cross our planet as it travels around the star. But when these particles create a disturbance in Earth’s magnetic field, it is known as a geomagnetic storm.

NOAA classifies these storms on a “G” scale of 1 to 5, with G1 being minor and G5 being extreme. The most extreme storms can cause widespread blackouts and damage to infrastructure on Earth. Satellites may also have trouble orienting themselves or sending or receiving information during these events.

The current storm is classified as G5, or “extreme.” It is caused by a cluster of sunspots — dark, cool regions on the solar surface — that is about 16 times the diameter of Earth. The cluster is flaring and ejecting material every six to 12 hours.

“We anticipate that we’re going to get one shock after another through the weekend,” said Brent Gordon, chief of the space weather services branch at NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center.

Why is this happening now?

The sun’s activity ebbs and flows on an 11-year cycle, and right now, it is approaching a solar maximum. Three other severe geomagnetic storms have been observed so far in the current activity cycle, which began in December 2019, but none were predicted to cause effects strong enough on Earth to warrant a watch or warning announcement.

The cluster of sunspots generating the current storm is the largest seen in this solar cycle, NOAA officials said. They added that the activity in this cycle has outperformed initial predictions .

More flares and expulsions from this cluster are expected, but because of the sun’s rotation the cluster will be oriented in a position less likely to affect Earth. In the coming weeks, the sunspots may appear again on the left side of the sun, but it is difficult for scientists to predict whether this will cause another bout of activity.

“Usually, these don’t come around packing as much of a punch as they did originally,” Mr. Dahl said. “But time will tell on that.”

Jonathan O’Callaghan contributed reporting from London.

An earlier version of this article misstated the radio frequencies used by cellphones and car radios. They are higher frequencies, not low.

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NOAA space weather forecasters have observed at least seven coronal mass ejections (CMEs) from the sun, with impacts expected to arrive on Earth as early as midday Friday, May 10, and persist through Sunday, May 12, 2024. 

NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued a Geomagnetic Storm Warning for Friday, May 10. Additional solar eruptions could cause geomagnetic storm conditions to persist through the weekend.

  • The First of Several CMEs reached Earth on Friday, May 10 at 12:37 pm EDT.  The CME was very strong and SWPC quickly issued a series of geomagnetic storm warnings. SWPC observed G4 conditions at 1:39 pm EDT (G3 at 1:08 pm EDT).
  • This storm is ongoing and SWPC will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional warnings as necessary.
This is an unusual and potentially historic event. Clinton Wallace , Director, NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center

CMEs are explosions of plasma and magnetic fields from the sun’s corona. They cause geomagnetic storms when they are directed at Earth. Geomagnetic storms can impact infrastructure in near-Earth orbit and on Earth’s surface , potentially disrupting communications, the electric power grid, navigation, radio and satellite operations. SWPC has notified the operators of these systems so they can take protective action.

Geomagnetic storms can also trigger spectacular displays of aurora on Earth . A severe geomagnetic storm includes the potential for aurora to be seen as far south as Alabama and Northern California.

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    Pigeon Forge. Splash around Dollywood's Splash Country, which is inspired and owned by Dolly Parton, in this lively city in Tennessee. The rustic theme park promises hours of fun. And on the Island in Pigeon Forge, browse through the unique shops and stop for a bite to eat. 3. Nashville. You can't miss visiting the most populous city in the state.

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    A weekend getaway in Tennessee is the absolute perfect way to kick back, relax and enjoy everything from music to the great outdoors. There are awesome cities like Memphis, Nashville, and Chattanooga where you'll be hopping around town enjoying cultural institutions and historical sites by day and then dancing the night away.

  13. Three Days In Nashville, Tennessee

    Start the day at Puckett's Grocery. The place has been around since the 1950s and serves breakfast until 11 a.m. Order the ham steak and eggs with red-eye gravy. Now properly fueled, walk down ...

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    In fact, one of the best things to do in Nashville on a weekend is to visit the Belle Meade Historic Site and Winery. The Belle Meade Historic Site and Winery is a pretty popular Nashville attraction. It is a Greek-revival Plantation Home that was built in the 1840s. Now, there is also a winery on site.

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    Nashville Weekend Getaway Day 1. Stop 1 (Morning): Southern Country Breakfast. Let's start off this Nashville weekend getaway itinerary with some breakfast, shall we - southern country edition! Gotta fuel that bod for the rest of your 3 days in Nashville! I've got two iconic recommendations for you this morning: 1. Monells and 2. The ...

  17. 13 Fantastic Weekend Getaways in TN You Will Love

    There's nothing quite like a Southeastern road trip. Whether you're looking for a laid-back weekend at the lake or an action-packed vacation in the city, you'll find it in Tennessee. The warm weather, the friendly people, and of course, the fantastic food, all make for an unforgettable experience. Ready to plan your trip? Here are 13 of the best weekend getaways in TN that you don't want to miss!

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    Weekend getaways in tennessee - The Island in Pigeon Forge. Pigeon Forge is a charming mountain town located in eastern Tennessee, near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Known for its family-friendly attractions, outdoor activities, and scenic beauty, Pigeon Forge is a popular weekend getaway destination.

  19. 15 Undeniably Fun Weekend Trips To Take If You Live In Tennessee

    7. Take a trip to Gatlinburg. faungg's photos - Flickr. Gatlinburg is the Tennessee native's getaway, a place where you can choose to bundle up in the mountains or be a tourist from sun up 'til sun down. Head to the mountains for a hike through the wilderness or pop into a shop or two. 6.

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    Perched right on top of Monteagle Mountain, Sewanee is one of the best weekend getaways from Nashville. The tiny town has a population of around 2300 residents and is home to the University of the South. The school's campus has beautiful gothic architecture dating back to the 1850s.

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    By: Sasha Savinov. April 19, 2023. Lace up your dancing shoes, you'll need them for this epic itinerary for a weekend in Nashville! With two days, you'll be able to dive into the rich musical culture of the capital of Tennessee. There are excellent museums, markets, and historic venues to choose from, making Music City the perfect choice ...

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  23. 15 Fun Tennessee Road Trips For Your Bucket List

    Cumberland Scenic Byway. Cades Cove Loop. Tennessee is a beautiful state, so it is naturally full of scenic byway, many of which you can use to explore the entire state. For this road trip, we suggest starting on the Antebellum Trail, an unofficial scenic byway that starts South of Nashville in Franklin.

  24. Summer Festivals and Events in Tennessee

    It's time to celebrate Tennessee's beloved Queen of Country, Dolly Parton at Rhinestone Fest: For the Love of Dolly June 7-8, 2024 in and around Knoxville's Old City. Don your Dolly-best for a fun weekend of art, music, food and historic walk through her rhinestone-studded career. Bring the whole family to enjoy the free festival.

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  27. The giant solar storm is having measurable effects on Earth : NPR

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says there have been measurable effects and impacts from the biggest geomagnetic storm in decades.

  28. Northern Lights Are Visible as Solar Storm Intensifies: What to Know

    Officials warned of potential blackouts or interference with navigation and communication systems this weekend, as well as auroras as far south as Southern California or Texas. Share full article 195

  29. Strong geomagnetic storm reaches Earth, continues through weekend

    Additional solar eruptions could cause geomagnetic storm conditions to persist through the weekend. The First of Several CMEs reached Earth on Friday, May 10 at 12:37 pm EDT. The CME was very strong and SWPC quickly issued a series of geomagnetic storm warnings. SWPC observed G4 conditions at 1:39 pm EDT (G3 at 1:08 pm EDT).

  30. Northern lights may be visible across parts of the US this weekend. Why

    Increased solar activity could cause auroras as far south as Alabama and Northern California, but may disrupt communications on Earth tonight and over the weekend. CNN values your feedback 1.