There are always a couple places that make their home right off the radar. It’s only the very few adventurers, the explorers that find them. Which is exactly why you are here. Because you’re looking for the next best place that the world just hasn’t quite caught up to yet. Have you heard of these ones Tennessee gems?
This sweet little Tennessee town is best known for the Moon Pie and RC Cola Festival in June, but you could head down at any time of the year and wander through the antique stores and sweet spots of families. Bring the kids and grab an ice cream cone if you’re going in the summer, though – the south is sure to have a scorcher!
9) Blue Plum Festival – Johnson City
Every June you can head on down to the Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, a compact East Tennessee town with more character than you could muster on your own. Next year is year seventeen, and all that live music and good food will keep you going until next year.
8) Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center – Chattanooga
Take a hike, spend some time horseback riding or canoe at this little known center for locals in the gorgeous Chattanooga area.
7) Lost ‘n Found Records – Knoxville
Take a moment to stop into this neat used records store, one that has become a cornerstone in the east Tennessee city.
We venture to say that the Memphis Zoo is one of the best in the country. If you’re looking for a place to bring the kids, where they’ll giggle and laugh at pandas and lions alike, then the zoo is a must-stop. We know you most likely don’t have it on your list above Graceland, but you can’t afford to miss it.
5) RCA Studio B – Nashville
With more than 200 hits recorded in the studio that once housed Elvis Presley and his dreams, this is a tour that you’ll absolutely love. Also? We sincerely doubt you’ve heard of it, so no crowds here!
4) Chattanooga Riverwalk – Chattanooga
Why WOULDN’T you want to walk along the Tennessee River in Chattanooga? Let’s all be honest here. You want to. Make sure to hop up on those bridges too, like the picture up there. This river town is family friendly and sure to leave you happy.
Memphis is a hotspot for foodies, and Second Line is often sloughed to the side in order to focus on places like Rendezvous. Try it out and let us know – the locals absolutely RAVE about it.
2) Ryman Auditorium – Nashville
As the original Grand Ole Opry, this is where Johnny and June started out, where Patsy Cline crooned to her adoring fans. Take the tour before the new fangled place out in Opryland – history is here.
1) World’s Fair Park – Knoxville
Knoxville held the World’s Fair in 1982, and the gorgeous park space still remains. Take a walk and enjoy the pretty Tennessee sunshine without the crowds.