It seems that wherever you look at the moment all you can see is news regarding the current health crisis, the upcoming election or President Donald Trump’s latest brush with illness, so it is easy to see why many of us are looking to get away this fall.
The state of Tennessee is full of exciting places to go and visit whatever time of year you go, however there are some sights and experiences that are only available during fall so now is the perfect time to go and visit.
For a spectacular vista head to Cherohala Skyway National Scenic Byway, which takes you the 43 miles from Tellico Plains in Tennessee to Robbinsville and passes forested mountainside, providing the visitor with a stunning views of oranges, yellows, reds and golden browns for as far as the eye can see.
Completed after 34 years of construction, the Skyway was opened in 1996 and has provided the driver with plenty of locations to stop and explore the hiking trails that take you through 5,400 feet of mountains, the Cherokee and Nantahala National Forests as well as past scenic waterfalls and overlooks.
Make sure you fill up your car before embarking on your journey though as other than a few restrooms there are no other facilities for the duration of the journey.
If music is more your thing then you have come to the right place! Tennessee has a long history with country music, in particular Beale Street in Memphis where many musicians in the mid-1800s played. While Beale Street was originally the home of African-American culture and often saw the musical stylings of R&B, jazz, blues and gospel music merge together.
Head to the American Music Triangle for a nostalgic day out and visit Franklin, Nashville, Brownsville and of course, Memphis.
While you are in Memphis it would be remiss not to visit the US Civil Rights Trail which tells the story of those who peacefully fought for equality and rights for all. Starting in Memphis, follow their path through to Clinton in East Tennessee and find out how these amazing men and women secured what should have been theirs anyway.
Tennessee has some amazing festivals including the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin however due to covid-19 these have been canceled for 2020. However, they are hoping to be back in 2021 and are encouraging people to get their tickets now.
One thing you definitely need to try when you are in Tennessee is the alcohol! Tennessee is famous for its whiskey and there are many varieties that you can try however we would recommend visiting Corsair Distillery which not only has a great selection of whiskeys but has also expanded to include gins and craft beers.
Book yourself onto one of the tours and tastings in their ‘brewstillery’ and follow the grain to grass story. As with many attractions the tours have been affected by the on-going pandemic however all tours have fewer spaces and have been redesigned to allow for social distancing throughout.
A visit to Tennessee is not complete with a trip to Chattanooga. Although many may associate the area with Glenn Miller and his love song to the area, Chattanooga, located on the Tennessee River, is better known for being the ‘Scenic City’.
With views of the surrounding Southeast Tennessee mountains, Chattanooga is a historical landmark due to both the railways as well as the Civil War battlefield.
Book your stay and visit Lookout Mountain followed by a trip to the North Shore area and sample the many different foods they have on offer. If trains are your thing, a visit to the Tennessee Valley Railroad museum, where there are plenty of restored trains from centuries ago to see, is a must do.
Finally, head to Walnut Street Bridge, the world’s longest pedestrian bridge, and catch a glimpse of the beautiful sunsets the area is renowned for.
Johnson City is our final recommendation for this great state. The area is popular for those looking for outdoor experiences and has many festivals, shows and excursions throughout the year. As with all the locations we have recommended check out their website for any restrictions currently in place.
The nightlife in Johnson City is both diverse and vibrant and you can find something for everyone. Many young artists head to the city to perfect their act so you can easily catch an up and coming star while you enjoy your dinner. Whether you choose to go to The Hideaway, Capone’s or The Willowtree Coffeehouse and Music Room, you are guaranteed to have a great night of entertainment.
Whatever you decide to do in Tennessee it is always worth remembering that there are many places to stay so you can make your visit longer if you want to. Alongside chain hotels there are a myriad of inns and bed and breakfasts making Tennessee the ideal place to get away from it all.