Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Terrific Tennessee Travel Tips


When people think Tennessee, the majority think the Smoky Mountains area including Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.  The Smoky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited of the parks and tourists flock there for the beauty.  But, there is a lot more to Tennessee than just one particular area.  For example:



Abby the Lab enjoyed her day at Rock City!

 A city that is growing by leaps and bounds and contains enough tourist-oriented attractions to keep you busy for a week or longer.  The Tennessee River gracefully flows through Chattanooga and offers fishing and boating.  Just sitting along the river enjoying picnic while the world floats by would be a nice, free, thing to do. 

Of course one of the oldest and probably the one most people know about is Rock City. You can’t visit Chattanooga and not stop in and climb up to the top where you can see 7 states.  Remember, it’s hot in the summer and the climb up can wear you out.  Be sure to take hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!  There is a snack area at the top so be sure to sit, rest, enjoy the view and hydrate again!



Getting ready for my first visit to the Opry!


If you are heading to the central part of our beautiful state then you will be on the banks of another river, the Cumberland River.  Nashville is probably my favorite city in Tennessee.  We’ve been there a few times and enjoyed a ride on the paddle boat the General Jackson.  We went to the Grand Ole Opry and took a tour of the Opryland Hotel (quite a place!). 

There is so much to see and do that it would be impossible to describe it all here.  Check out some of the links at the end of this article for more information.  You don’t have to be a country music fan to enjoy Nashville, but it doesn’t hurt!




Graceland - Memphis, TN


The opposite end of the state from me is a place I visited once and have fond memories.  That place is Graceland.  If you are or were an Elvis fan you can’t go wrong stopping in to see where and how Elvis lived.  If you get hungry drop into to any of the many BBQ joints that Memphis is also famous for.  Memphis is also home to St. Jude’s – a hospital for children that Danny Thomas started to save the lives of children.  It’s a wonderful place doing great work and saving many lives.


General

There are many little towns offering fishing, camping, hiking, shopping and restaurants – take a back road and see where it takes you!


Photos belong to AbbyG