TENNESSEE TRAVEL GUIDE

Are you ready for a state full of incredible musical experiences and unique American culture?

Tennessee is one of our favorite states to visit for its musical history and the incredible Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

You'll find oodles of Southern charm and fun in this state.

TENNESEE ROAD TRIP ITINERARY

Allow us to save you time with this Tennessee road trip itinerary that will take you through some of its most iconic experiences.

Asheville, North Carolina, USA downtown skyline at dusk.

A Mountains & Music Road Trip (Tennessee + North Carolina)

Are you ready for a fun southeast USA road trip from Raleigh to Memphis? Incredible music experiences and beautiful nature in the mountains of North Carolina nd Tennessee

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A 4-Week Dallas to Boston Road Trip Itinerary

We’re off on an epic 6 week US road trip. First stop Bloomington Minnesota to experience the Mall of America and then from Dallas to Boston with my parents. We’re stopping at lots of cool places and going back to the old way of doing things! Click to read more and follow along

Sunset at Morton Overlook in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. One of the best places to visit in Tennessee

4 Best Places to Visit on a Tennessee Road Trip

Planning a trip to Tennessee? After a month long Tennessee road trip, here are 4 of our favorite places to visit in Tennessee and suggestions on what to see and do in each destination!

Didnt’realize there was so much to do and see in Tennesse! Love the idea of cycling in the Smokies! I’ll make sure to remember Wednesday or Saturday morning!

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TENNESSEE CITY AND TOWNS

Highlights and suggestions for some of Tennessee's most well known cities and towns.

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6 Captivating Things to do in Franklin TN (Day Trip From Nashville)

Top things to do in Franklin TN with kids including the cute Magpies Boutique store, Civil War House tours, good tacos and live music.

15 Awesome Things to Do in Nashville with Kids (adult’s love these too!)

Planning to visit Nashville, TN? Looking for tips on the best things to do in Nashville with kids that adults love too? We took our […]

The Tennessee River in Knoxville

12 Fun Things to do in Knoxville TN

The idea of visiting Knoxville first came to us in 2006 whilst chatting with some University of Tennessee grads in San Diego. It’s only taken us 11 years to finally visit but so glad we did, Knox rocks as they say, here’s why!

Beale Street - one of the best places to visit in Memphis, Tennessee

11 Insanely Cool Things to Do in Memphis with Kids (or without)

This is not your typical things to do in Memphis with kids guide. Yes, you can visit Memphis with kids and still do adult stuff. […]

INCREDIBLE MUSIC EXPERIENCES

YES!! This state is a complete celebration of music, old and new.

Here are some of our favorite experiences!

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5 Outstanding Live Music Experiences in Nashville, TN

5 Must Not Miss live music experiences in Nashville TN. Check out the Grand Ole Opry, Bluebird Cafe and more for the best things to do in the Music City

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Visit Graceland, Sun Studios and Studio B, TN (Feel the Spirit of Elvis Presley)

Visit Graceland in Memphis, including the Graceland mansion. Sun Studios, Memphis and STudio B in Tennessee will give you greater insight into Elvis Presley

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A captivating night at the Harry Potter Symphony in Nashville

On Sunday, my family and I went somewhere I have been eager to go to for a while now – The Harry Potter Symphony with […]

Performers during the Grand Ole Opry Show in Nashville

A Magical Grand Ole Opry Experience (what dreams are made of)

As the curtains rise and the first performer comes out, I think of my Mum. I’m sitting in the chair that she has long dreamed […]

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the USA's most popular park with good reason.

It straddles the North Carolina and Tennessee border, so we've included posts that shares what you can do on the NC side as well. Why not?

45 Unique + Fun Things to Do in North Carolina Bucket List

North Carolina couldn’t be a more perfect home for us. From the mountains to the coast, we’re surrounded by unbelievable natural beauty, outdoor adventure, vibrant […]

Best places to go in North Carolina mountians

Top Places To Go in the North Carolina Mountains (Western NC)

Now that we live permanently in Raleigh which is a great base to explore the Tar Heel state, we’re excited to start taking road trips […]

Cades Cove Tennessee bike ride

Cades Cove bike ride, Great Smoky Mountains National Park – we saw bears!

We saw bears. Lots of them on our Cades Cove bike ride in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I thought that when, or if, […]

FEATURED VIDEO: Nashville TN with kids

Check out these fun things to do in Nashville with kids. We had a blast!

WHAT SOUTHEAST USA STATE ARE YOU INTERESTED IN?

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OUR FAVORITE SOUTHEAST USA TRANQUIL ESCAPES

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ALL TENNESSEE ARTICLES

Browse around to find all our articles on North Carolina!. 

Asheville, North Carolina, USA downtown skyline at dusk.

A Mountains & Music Road Trip (Tennessee + North Carolina)

By Caroline Makepeace | December 20, 2020

Are you ready for a fun southeast USA road trip from Raleigh to Memphis? Incredible music experiences and beautiful nature in the mountains of North Carolina nd Tennessee

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Week 2: The Christmas Spirit Arrives in Chattanooga and Huntsville

By Caroline Makepeace | December 17, 2018

Snow and rain hit us on our second week of our USA road trip with our travel trailer. We had intended to stay in Asheville until the 10th of December, but a huge snow storm […]

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6 Captivating Things to do in Franklin TN (Day Trip From Nashville)

By Caroline Makepeace | July 3, 2018

Top things to do in Franklin TN with kids including the cute Magpies Boutique store, Civil War House tours, good tacos and live music.

Rascal Flatts Grand Ole Opry (1)

5 Outstanding Live Music Experiences in Nashville, TN

By Caroline Makepeace | June 25, 2018

5 Must Not Miss live music experiences in Nashville TN. Check out the Grand Ole Opry, Bluebird Cafe and more for the best things to do in the Music City

Sun studios memphis tennessee (800 x 533)

Visit Graceland, Sun Studios and Studio B, TN (Feel the Spirit of Elvis Presley)

By Caroline Makepeace | June 15, 2018

Visit Graceland in Memphis, including the Graceland mansion. Sun Studios, Memphis and STudio B in Tennessee will give you greater insight into Elvis Presley

Sunset at Morton Overlook in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. One of the best places to visit in Tennessee

4 Best Places to Visit on a Tennessee Road Trip

By Craig Makepeace | September 1, 2017

Planning a trip to Tennessee? After a month long Tennessee road trip, here are 4 of our favorite places to visit in Tennessee and suggestions on what to see and do in each destination!

15 Awesome Things to Do in Nashville with Kids (adult’s love these too!)

By Caroline Makepeace | July 19, 2017

Planning to visit Nashville, TN? Looking for tips on the best things to do in Nashville with kids that adults love too? We took our two daughters on a Nashville family vacation and we all […]

Cades Cove Tennessee bike ride

Cades Cove bike ride, Great Smoky Mountains National Park – we saw bears!

By Caroline Makepeace | July 15, 2017

We saw bears. Lots of them on our Cades Cove bike ride in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I thought that when, or if, that moment would ever arrive, I’d freeze, terrified. Instead, I […]

Video – 10 Fun things to do in Nashville Tennessee

By Craig Makepeace | July 10, 2017

Planning a trip to Nashville? Watch this video and get inspired! There are so many fun things to do in Nashville Tennessee with kids (or without kids), and we loved our visit to music city. […]

The Tennessee River in Knoxville

12 Fun Things to do in Knoxville TN

By Craig Makepeace | July 9, 2017

The idea of visiting Knoxville first came to us in 2006 whilst chatting with some University of Tennessee grads in San Diego. It’s only taken us 11 years to finally visit but so glad we did, Knox rocks as they say, here’s why!

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