There are so many perks to living in the Volunteer State. One of the biggest of these perks is the abundance of beautiful and romantic getaways within a short drive! A weekend getaway is the perfect way to bond and destress when planning a wedding and we highly recommend it! Whether you’re the type of couple who likes remote and unspoiled wilderness, or that prefers the excitement and luxury that comes with big cities, Tennessee has something for everyone.
1. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
No Tennessee getaway list is complete without the best and most popular place to get away: the Smoky Mountains! It is the most visited national park in the United States, and anyone who has ever been there knows exactly why. It is stunning, filled with unique flora and fauna, and allows visitors to step away from the stresses of life and completely immerse themselves in nature. There are countless cabins, hotels, and campgrounds available for your romantic getaway, and if you’re looking for a real adventure, you can even apply for a backcountry camping permit and have a backpacking getaway deep in the mountains!
For a getaway that is oozing with Southern charm and hospitality, consider the town of Franklin! Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Nashville, Franklin is perfect for a weekend getaway filled with good food, good music, and good relaxation! Franklin is the perfect mix of a classic, quiet Southern town and a fun, modern city.
Whether you’re a Memphis native looking for the perfect staycation or someone who needs a weekend filled with BBQ and music, Memphis has so much to offer! Consider booking a hotel overlooking the river and spending your evenings enjoying fine dining and delicious cocktails. During the day, there is an abundance of activities such as museums, restaurants, and historical sights. Check out Beale Street or make the short trip over to Elvis Presley’s beautiful home, Graceland, for an unforgettable trip!
4. Big South Fork
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is another wonderful option for a couple who wants an exciting and nature filled weekend. You have so many options for activities, including rafting, hiking, horseback riding, and much more! Rent a cozy cabin or pitch your tent in one of the campgrounds and enjoy spending some time together!
Chattanooga is one of the most underrated cities in Tennessee and we think it should be on everyone’s vacation list! It has a small town vibe while still having so many things to do. Spend a day exploring the city, trying new foods, and conversing with the friendly locals. Be sure to check out the Chattanooga Choo Choo and the Tennessee Aquarium! You can also make day trips to Lookout Mountain and Ruby Falls, both of which are gorgeous and romantic. You can’t go wrong with a trip to Chattanooga!
6. Norris Lake
Located about 30 minutes north of Knoxville, Norris Lake is a wonderful place to spend some time with your sweetheart! Rent a cabin and enjoy your coffee on the deck overlooking the water, or rent a boat and try your hand at water skiing and fishing! Whatever you chose to do, there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy your romantic Norris getaway!
You, of course, have to consider Nashville when trying to choose a Tennessee getaway! The capital city of the state, and the most famous, Nashville is full of nonstop good times. Check out the world- renowned Honky Tonks on Lower Broad, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, and then see the hallowed halls of the Grand Ole Opry and its former home at the Ryman Auditorium. Be sure to check out the unique Greek architecture at the Parthenon (Nashville is the Athens of the South, after all!), and eat your fill of Nashville Hot Chicken!
8. LeConte Lodge
Located high in the Smoky Mountains atop Mt. LeConte sits LeConte Lodge. Accessible only by foot, you and your S.O. are sure to find all the solitude and privacy that you could ever want! You do, however, have to book your spot far in advance as the lodging fills up very quickly. If the two of you do manage to get a spot at this unique and beautiful lodge, you will certainly have the time of your lives!
9. Pickett State Park
What’s more romantic than stargazing with your one true love? You can do just that at Pickett State Park, which is the first state park in the southeast to be certified as a dark sky viewing location! This means there is no light pollution and you’ll be able to see the night sky in its full majesty. In addition to its stargazing opportunities, Pickett offers tons of hiking and the cutest little cabins for rent. Sounds like a great romantic getaway to me!
Last but not least is the great city of Knoxville! It may not be world famous like its cousins Memphis and Nashville, but Knoxville is undeniably wonderful! Stay in the historic Old City downtown and spend your days exploring this quirky and fun city. Try some local cuisine in Market Square, try to catch a concert or play at the Bijou Theatre or Tennessee Theatre, and don’t forget to take plenty of selfies with the Sunsphere in World’s Fair Park! After a long day of exploring, expect to relax with a cold beer at one of Knoxville’s many breweries. Now that’s what I call a good vacation!
Where would you like to go with your future hubby or wife?