Terrific, Tasteful Tennessee

What is the first thing that you think of when you hear the word Tennessee? I think of mountains, pride, beauty and city life. I have been to Tennessee more than my fair share of times, I have honestly lost track of how many times I have been there. Tennessee is full of life, things to do and places to go. I always discover something new each time I go. I also never hesitate when someone asks me if I want to go to Tennessee, I have the car packed by the time they finish the sentence.

1.) Nashville

Nashville is my favorite city in Tennessee, a close tie for first with Gatlinburg. I will talk about Gatlinburg more later. Nashville is known as Country Music city. There are a lot of things to do revolving around country music, such as Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Gaylord Opryland Resort and much more. Gaylord Opryland Resort comes highly recommended to stay at or just visit. There are also a lot of things to do that do not revolve around country music. There is a lot you can walk to in downtown Nashville. Belle Meade Plantation is fun and interesting to visit, for all of you history buffs out there. Nashville is a city I highly recommend visiting at some point in your life.

2.) Gatlinburg 

This town is a close tie for my first favorite city. This city and Nashville are hard to choose which one would be my favorite. Gatlinburg has a lot to offer to do. I still have not done everything and I have been there over 5 times. I enjoy going on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift. You can see for miles while you head up to the top on the ski lift. If you are someone that loves to take photos like I do, this is a sure winner of things to do there. There are an abundance of shops, places to eat and things to do while in Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg is beautiful all year round, but I love it best when the leaves begin to change colors.

3.) Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge is a town located right outside of the Great Smoky Mountains. My favorite thing to do is spend time at the Island. There is a Ferris wheel that is over 20 stories high. This allows you to see a lot of Pigeon Forge and the mountains. There is a fountain that dances to the music, this can keep you entertained for hours as you sit and rock in a nice rocking chair. There are plenty of shops, attractions, places to eat and more all over Pigeon Forge. My favorite place to eat is Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen. Beware of the lines to eat there, but the wait is well worth it.

4.) Knoxville 
This town has a lot to offer being a college town and just outside the mountains. There are malls, shopping centers, a zoo and more. The picture shown below is the view from my husbands parents house, who wouldn’t love to wake up to that view everyday?

If you have never been to Tennessee or any of these places in Tennessee I definitely suggest checking them out. I always find something new to do or explore in these cities. Nashville and Knoxville both have airports that you can fly into. Although Nashville is generally cheaper. Nashville to Knoxville is also just a short distance away from each other. Thanks for reading! Stay tuned next week to read Anxiety and Travel. Curious as to what it’s about? I know I am. See you next week.

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  1. Home sweet home! Always where my heart is!

  2. Looks like a great place to visit.
    So calm and natural

  3. I absolutely love Pigeon Forge. We stayed at Margaritaville on The Island and didn’t need to leave the complex for anything. Well, except to go hike the Smoky Mountains.

    1. Pigeon Forge is awesome! I usually get a frozen daiquiri every time I go, but I cannot for the life of me remember what the places name is. The Smoky Mountains are beautiful. I cried the first time I saw them, I’m from Kansas so we don’t have those where I’m from.

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