It seems like international travel is going to be on hold for the foreseeable future. That doesn’t mean that travel is out of the picture. In fact, it is a great opportunity to explore the beauty of the United States. There is something for every taste or tourist that doesn’t require a passport.
There are a lot of states that fly under the radar when it comes to tourism which is a shame. They have a lot to offer. Take Tennessee for instance. The natural beauty there is amazing, the people are incredibly friendly and there are a lot of things to do there.
Sure, there isn’t a Grand Canyon, or a city like NYC within its borders, but that’s not a bad thing. It means that you can have the place to yourself as there are not many tourists there.
In this article, I will go over some of the fun and offbeat adventures you can have during a trip to Tennessee.
1 – Go shooting
It’s no secret that the Southern States have quite a gun culture. Which is good news for people that have never had the chance to fire an actual firearm before. You don’t have to be a competitive shooter to hit the shooting range and enjoy a day doing something unique.
There are ranges all over the state that you can choose from so wherever you are based you will find a place to shoot targets. Shoot point blank Knoxville is located right in the charming city near the North Carolina, for instance. And there are many others around the state too.
While there you can choose from a few different guns to fire with the help of a fully trained instructor. There are also classes available if you wish to learn more about guns and use the time to get certified.
2 – Get your bourbon on
Jack Daniels bourbon is known throughout the world. Rockstars have made it a must have in their liquor cabinets and made it the cool whiskey to drink.
Take advantage of being in the Volunteer State by doing a your of the most recognized bourbon distillery in the world. It is informative, fun and also delicious. There are plenty of other bourbon distilleries in Tennessee, so take in a few and find your favorite one to take home a few bottles when your trip is over.
3 – Dollywood
Dolly Parton is the favorite child of Tennessee. Maybe even more than the King himself, Elvis Presley. Even if you are not a fan of country music, she is somebody who has done so much good in her life that she deserves a visit to her legendary themepark that is fun for the whole family.
It’s located in the beautiful Smokey Mountains that are worth a visit on their own for the hiking and natural scenery.
If you want a thrill of the adrenaline rush from some roller coasters then this is the place to blow off some steam .
4 – Nashville
The city of Nashville was put on the map as being the Mecca of country music with the Grand Ole Oprey. These days it is also the cultural center of Tennessee and offers up some spectacular nightlife. The city offers a bit of everything that goes beyond country music arenas.
You can eat any type of cuisine you like, but the Southern cuisine is where its at. And, if you like spicy food, then the Nashville Hot Chicken is a must have dish while here.
Plus, there is theater, sports and plenty of shopping. You’e most likely to be flying in or out of Nashville, so take a couple of days at the beginning or end of your trip to take in all the city has to offer.
5 – Civil War reenactments
Many important battles of the Civil War took place in Tennessee. And there are a lot of dedicated history buffs that want to make sure that people remember the lessons from that horrible time. There are reenactments throughout the year in places like Shiloh.
Even if you don’t know much about the Civil War and the details, it is informative and emotional to witness a battle that follows the historical record. The actors take this very seriously so it won’t feel campy at all but rather somber and serious. A tru learning experience.
6 – Ride the rails
There is a lot of area in the South in general, but particularly in Tennessee that feels like it is trapped in time. It is very easy to imagine what life was like for people over a hundred years ago because many things from that time remain.
If you are a rail and train buff then you will love the classic trains that still steam up the rails along the old routes in the Southern States. There are loads of museums where you can see the artifacts from that bygone era.
In addition to wandering the museums, you can take a ride on a number of the old steam trains from those old days of the railroad.
In Chatanooga you can choose from a one hour ride in a steam engine train or even a half day if you have the time. You’ll learn a bit about the history of the railway as well as some fun facts about the locale as you pass through towns that time forgot once the railway stopped operating.
7 – The Titanic Museum
Although the location for this museum is odd, the experience is not. In fact it is the largest permanent Titanic museum in the world. You can see what it was like on that ill fated liner that famously sank after hitting an iceberg in 1912.
Walking through the ship is an interesting experience and many people experience chills when they walk down the grand staircase that was made famous by the many movies about the liner.
To make it more real, you are given a replica ticket of an actual passenger. At the end of the tour is when you find out if the passenger on your ticket lived or perished that night in the North Atlantic.
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