I’m planning a trip to Tennessee…it’s coming up faster than I thought, but luckily, most of the itinerary is already planned!
I’ve been to Tennessee quite a few times, but never for very long – they’ve all been day trips at best. I’ve driven past famous attractions so many times that when we began to plan this road trip to Tennessee, I already knew exactly where I wanted to go!
My Tennessee Bucket List
1. Dollywood - Where else can you combine all the fun of a county fair, roller coasters and gospel music? Dollywood has the country’s first winged coaster – the Wild Eagle – and that alone is worth the trip, especially for roller coast enthusiasts! Aside from the roller coaster, there is also a really cool Country Fair section of the theme park and lots of awesome rides!
2. Great Smoky Mountains National Park – I’m an outdoorsy kind of girl. Give me a ride through the mountains on a clear day and I am happy. I am especially excited to be visiting the Great Smoky Mountains in early October this year! It will be my first time (hopefully) seeing the changing of the colors!
3. Jack Daniel’s Distillery – I’ve always wanted to take the Jack Daniel’s Distillery tour – even though you can’t taste the liquor on the tour! I love history, and with Jack Daniel’s being one of the oldest brands in the country, I would love to listen to the story of how Mr. Daniels began!
4. The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN. – Located in downtown Nashville, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts hosts amazing exhibitions and you can really just spend and entire day wandering around there. I first visited the Frist Center for an Impressionism Exhibit in 2010, and have dreamed of going back ever since!
5. Graceland – Located in Memphis, Tennessee, Graceland is to Elvis fans what Dollywood is to Dolly Parton fans. There are three limited time exhibits at Graceland this year, including ICON: The Influence of Elvis Presley, Elvis on Tour Exhibit and Elvis, Through his Daughter’s Eyes.
Also? I really want to spend a night at the Heartbreak Hotel. Badly.
I’ll be in Tennessee just a few days shy of a week and while I won’t be able to fit all of my bucket list attractions in this mini-vacation, I am definitely going to Dollywood and instead of just driving through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I am actually staying in a cabin there for most of the time I am in Tennessee!
Have you ever been to Tennessee? What were you favorite things to do?