Saturday, September 03, 2011

Last minute Labor Day travel in East Tennessee

Have you given up on your Labor Day travel plans? Not so fast. Last minute Labor Day one tank trips in East Tennessee may be your answer. The links below can help you with ideas for your last minute travel plans.

Smoky Mountains
This city is about an hour from the Smoky Mountains. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is filled with scenic picnic spots. Visitors may enjoy Cades Cove, Sugarlands, the Chimneys, Oconaluftee and roadside stops. It's perfect for Labor Day and anytime. Plus, Sevierville, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have the best shopping values that you can find.

Norris
Go north on I-75 for about 45 minute to the Clinton exit 122. Turn right and follow the signs to Norris Dam. There is a visitor center and picnic area that can be enjoyed this Labor Day. The Norris Dam State Park has a picnic area, trails, campground and more.

Kingsport
When looking for last minute Labor Day trips in East Tennessee this area is worth a look. Check out Warriors Path State Park, see the wolves and planetarium at Bays Mountain, visit Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area, historic Elizabethton. Kingsport has a greenway and the world's first fully accessible playground.

Chattanooga
It's within driving distance from East Tennessee and is about 90 minutes from Knoxville on I-75 south. This Labor Day, why not visit the Tennessee Aquarium, Children's Discovery Museum, walk around the gardens of the Chattanooga Choo-choo, see Ruby Falls, Rock City or Lookout Mountain National Battlefield? Labor Day visitors can walk around the arts district, have a picnic in Coolidge Park or walk across one of a handful of pedestrian bridges.

Oak Ridge
This is beginning to come into its own as a travel opportunity. This is a last minute Labor Day trip is fun for science and history buffs in East Tennessee. Visit the American Museum of Science and Energy, bring a lunch to Bissell Park and ring the International Friendship Bell or take a driving tour of the sites that were activing in the Manhattan Project.

Knoxville
The town that more or less anchors East Tennessee has a lot to offer. Try the Knoxville Zoo, World's Fair Park, Market Square Mall and Turkey Creek this Labor Day. Then take in a movie at the Regal Cinema downtown and walk along historic Gay Street. Helping to make it an affordable one-tank trip are the free weekend parking garages in downtown Knoxville.  Labor Day weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee also means Boomsday fireworks.

Be sure to look at Knoxville deals from Half Off Depot. They have some of the best money saving opportunities that you can find for Labor Day weekend.