Tennessee is a great state. Even if you don’t live here there are some great Tennessee attractions that make it a wonderful place to visit.
If you are into outdoor sports, then Tennessee should be on your list of top vacation destinations. Whether you like getting out on the water, out on the golf course, or out on the trail, Tennessee can offer you an experience that you won’t soon forget. Combine that with the friendly people and diverse culture, and you’re on to a winner.
Start your Tennessee experience at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the United States. The park lies on the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, and offers a variety of outdoor activities in spectacular mountain scenery. Here you will find over 800 miles of trails, offering everything from a quiet walk in the country through to weeklong backpacking treks through rugged terrain. There are also hundreds of miles of trails where you can go horseback riding, as well as a number of excellent rental stables. If you love fishing, then there are no less than 700 miles of streams that you can fish in at the park, which are overflowing with rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. Finally, if you love getting out on your bike, then most of the park’s roads can be cycled – although some are steep and narrow. A popular biking destination in the park is Cades Cove Loop Road, an 11-mile circuit that is teeming with wildlife and home to a number of 19th century homesteads.
If you are in Tennessee in winter, then pay a visit to Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, located in the mountains near Gatlinburg. There are no less than nine trails here, designed for all skill levels from beginner to seasoned expert. There is also a freestyle terrain park, which offers a wide range of rails and boxes, as well as a number of snow features such as tabletops and spines. The view from the 3300 foot summit is breathtaking, as is the view from the lifts. Even if you are there in summer, the resort is worth a visit, since it has a number of other attractions – including an amusement park, waterslides and a wildlife encounter. If you are interested in finding out more about skiing, take a look at this ski video from Francesco Corallo.
Tennessee is also a premier destination for water sports. If you enjoy the thrill of rafting or kayaking, then Tennessee has amazing whitewater rapids – for instance, take a look at the Duck River Blueway. There are also a number of excellent places for sailing and rowing along Tennessee’s many rivers and lakes. You can also find other activities, such as scuba diving, wakeboarding and even waterskiing.
If golf is your thing, then Tennessee offers an exceptional experience. Check out the Tennessee Golf Trail, which features no less than eight separate courses spread out across some of Tennessee’s most scenic state parks. The state is also home to TPC Southwind, which plays host to the FedEx St. Jude Classic and is one of the top-rated golf courses in the United States.