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Tennessee Vacation Guide

Welcome to our Tennessee Vacation Guide! I’m Amanda, owner, and founder of VeraVise Outdoor Living, and I am very proud of my Tennessee roots.

This page is where you will find the best places to vacation in Tennessee and all of our great content to help you plan the perfect Tennessee Vacation.

Over the years, VeraVise has become a great resource for outdoor travel, especially in the Smokies and surrounding Appalachian region and this includes a great deal of travel in Tennessee.

I created this resource page to help you quickly and easily navigate all the Tennessee Vacation content you can find here on the site.

Tennessee Vacations
Tennessee Vacation Guide

Tennessee Vacation Guide: Your Style

The first thing to consider is the type of vacation you’re looking for.

Are you interested in a quiet, relaxing getaway or a more active, adventure-filled trip? There are plenty of great options for both types of vacations in Tennessee.

With beautiful mountains and lakes, diverse wildlife, and plenty of history and culture to explore, there’s something for everyone in the Volunteer State.

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Things To Do In Tennessee

From incredible natural wonders to exciting city attractions and more, prepare to discover these best things to do in Tennessee!

Exploring the Tennessee Mountains

With stunning landscapes and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, Tennessee’s beautiful mountains are a paradise for hikers, climbers, and adventure seekers.

Tennessee Vacations
Tennessee Vacation Guide

Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park.

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Best Tennessee Vacations

The state of Tennessee has three sections known as the Grand Divisions: East, Middle, and West Tennessee. The Grand Divisions are legally recognized in the state constitution and represented on the Flag of Tennessee by three stars. The three regions are geographically and culturally distinct, each one offering unique experiences to visitors.

East Tennessee

The region is home to Knoxville and Chattanooga – Tennessee’s third and fourth most populous cities – and the Tri-Cities (Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City), the state’s sixth-largest population center.

Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee includes the state capital of Nashville, as well as Clarksville – the fifth largest city. It is both the most extensive and populous out of the three grand divisions in Tennessee.

West Tennessee

West Tennessee is the most clearly defined region geographically and also the lowest-lying. In terms of population size and land area, it is both the smallest Grand Division. The largest city in West Tennessee is Memphis, which is also the second most populous city in the state.

When Is The Best Time To Visit Tennessee


The fun doesn’t stop in Tennessee during winter! With more mild weather than in the northern states, there are plenty of activities to enjoy both outdoors and indoors. And if you’re looking for a festive getaway, you’ll be spoiled for choice with all the different Christmas in Tennessee vacations available from region to region.


From scenic mountain views filled with blooming flowers to unique festivals and events, Tennessee has so much to offer in Springtime.


Summer in Tennessee is a time for fun adventures. While the can be the weather is hot and humid, ways to beat the heat are endless, from whitewater rafting around Gatlinburg to relaxing and splashing in one of the best Great Smoky Mountains Family Resorts.


Tennessee is a stunning state year-round, fall in Tennessee is incomparable! As fall arrives and the temperature begins to drop, the leaves on the trees put on a brilliant display of red and gold. This dazzling natural phenomenon can be seen throughout the entire state.

Fall Colors Smoky Mountains
Fall Colors Smoky Mountains

Where Are The Best Places To Eat In Tennessee?

With so many fantastic restaurants in Tennessee, it would be impossible to try them all–but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to try! Here’s a list of some of the best places to eat in the state, so you can start crossing off items on your food bucket list.

Where To Stay In Tennessee?

Well, it depends. But if you happen to be visiting the Smoky Mountains, GSM Family Vacations offers a beautiful 5BR/5BA cabin with over 2600 square feet of finished living space for you and your family to spread out and enjoy.

Here are other great places to stay in Tennessee;

Best Places to Vacation in Tennessee
Best Places to Vacation in Tennessee

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