Home to Memphis, the birthplace of Rock n’ Roll and Nashville, the country music capital of the world, it’s easy to see why music fans of all ages enjoy Tennessee vacations. But there’s far more to see in this diverse state than just music icons. From theme parks to museums and galleries, music studios to shopping malls, Tennessee has everything you need for a family vacation. Why not book your Tennessee vacation today and discover ‘The Volunteer State’ for yourself?
Whether you’re here to see the former home of the King of Rock n’ Roll, Elvis Presley himself, want to shop until you drop in one of the malls or are planning fun family days out at theme parks and museums, Tennessee is packed with attractions for all ages. Book a vacation rental here in spring, summer, or fall and you’ll find so much to see and do, whether you’re a music fan or an outdoor adventurer.
Graceland, Memphis – If you love Rock n’ Roll then Graceland needs no introduction. The former home of Elvis Presley, this is a must-see on any Tennessee trip. Sun Studio operates a free shuttle which will take you to Graceland from the studio, with the advantage of a knowledgeable tour guide to help you make the most of your trip. It’s best to visit in the afternoon when the house is quieter.
Dollywood, Pigeon Forge – Country icon Dolly Parton’s theme park is a top family attraction. With over 40 rides for kids (and adults) of all ages and plenty of entertainment and dining options, it’s a great day out on a family vacation.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nashville – It’s one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to American country music, and you’ll find a core exhibition of all the great names in Country, alongside regularly changing temporary shows.
1. Nashville – The state capital is where you’ll find the Johnny Cash Museum, legendary country music venue The Grand Ole Opry, and a host of great bars where you can go ‘honky-tonking’ (bar hopping). While you’re here don’t miss a chance to see the Tennessee State Capitol Building and the State Museum.
2. Memphis – The ‘Home of the Blues’ is where you can enjoy live music on Beale Street, a guided tour of Sun Studio, where Johnny Cash and Elvis both made their first recordings, and the Memphis Rock n’ Soul Museum.
3. Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Gatlinburg – Located in East Tennessee, this is the most visited national park in the USA. There are plenty of hiking trails to explore (the Appalachian Trail crosses the park), camping spots and cabin rental. Make sure you take a hike up to Clingman’s Dome, the highest point in Tennessee.
4. Lookout Mountain – For a day of family fun this is the place to be. Here you’ll find three attractions: Rock City with its 100-foot waterfall and birds of prey show, Ruby Falls, the deepest cave and longest underground waterfall in the USA, and the Incline Railway, one of the steepest passenger railways in the world.
5. Cleveland - Known as the ‘City with Spirit’, visitors flock to Cleveland for fishing, hiking, and biking (as well as water sports) in Cherokee National Forest. Check out the Museum Center at Five Points,, or come in October for the annual Cleveland Apple Festival with live bluegrass and pony rides for the kids.
Spring sees heavy rain in Tennessee state, so if you’re planning a spring vacation, make sure you check events and weather warnings first. By far the most popular time to visit is between April to October, when the weather is warm and most tourist attractions are open. Summers can be hot here, with temperatures ranging from 85-90°F, so pack light!
Although Greyhound buses connect the major cities, you’ll need to rent a car to see all that Tennessee has to offer. There are a number of major interstate roads here, the main ones being I-40, which crosses the state from west to east and I-55, which connects Missouri to northwest Tennessee.