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Old 12-20-2012, 06:11 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Okay my husband and I are planning a vacation to TN in April from Florida. It'll be a week stay with a 3 year old. I work for a prominent hotel chain so rooming is not an issue. I don't know where to start. I went there as a kid I remember to Look out Mountain but I don't remember much else. Give us some ideas of great towns, attractions etc to look at Big town, small town and cities alike. Any towns with great scenery of mountains and a small town feel. I remember Franklin as being cute. Any and all info would help so just throw out ideas!
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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The following link is all Chamber of Commerce with in Tennessee. Contact them for a visitor guide be specific on what you ask for. get too know the regions and counties of Tennessee.
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce :: Home

Tennessee Vacation - The State's Official Travel Planning Website

Book early.. Camping or staying at a hotel / resort. At Least 60 days or more depending on your trip. Better prices for hotels..

Tennessee has a great State Park System..

Tennessee State Parks
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:45 AM
 
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If you're not sure where you want to go, I would first decide just how much you want to travel each day. With a week, you can pretty much see the whole state, albeit most of it will be from a car window. With a 3-year-old, that might not be a ton of fun.

If you're driving up from Florida, you would likely be coming up into Chattanooga (unless you are coming from the western panhandle), so I'm going to assume that would naturally be a good starting point.

Here, I think you have to decide just how much driving time you want to spend. If you want to spend the absolute most time visiting attractions and/or relaxing around or near your hotel, then I would pick two base camps (one of each of Tennessee's four major cities). This way, you could take your day trips in and around these areas, spend a lot of time relaxing, and not worry about being more than an hour or so from your hotel.

If you want to see and explore a little more, you might pick 3 "base camps" and spend about 2 nights each in them, and explore the areas in between on your way to your next stop. This would involve a bit more driving, but you're not going to be more than 2-3 hours between cities, so it shouldn't be overly stressful (unless you are going to Memphis, which is a bit more isolated from Tennessee's other cities).

You can see all 4 (suggested route: Chattanooga to Knoxville to Nashville to Memphis, then Memphis back to Florida via Birmingham, then either over to Atlanta, or down to Montgomery and down through Dothan), but if you do that in a week, that will be a lot of driving.


Later, when I have a little bit more time, I'll try to run through some of the attractions in and around the cities, as well as parks and small towns in between.
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:54 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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It really depends on what you like to do. I think that Chattanooga is a given. There is the wonderful aquarium, Children's Museum and DUCK ride. These are all musts. I'd also visit Rock City for wonderful views and scenery. There is a nice art museum if you are so inclined, too.

Dollywood in Pigeon Forge is a possibility. It's not Disney. Not even close. But it is a small, pretty theme park with decent food - and prices! - and some charming musical shows. Besides, it's near the Great Smoky Mountains. You could take a nice, doable walk with your child.

Knoxville isn't very touristy but it is a wonderful place to live and would be a great middle-point between New Hampshire and Florida. Good economy and cost of living. I'm not sure if law enforcement is hiring but we do have a county and city force. Just saying, kiddo! So you might want to visit our small but very charming downtown area. It's also beautiful around here in April. http://www.dogwoodarts.com/trails-and-gardens/
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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If you choose to stay near Pigeon Forge, I suggest looking for something out towards Wears Valley or Townsend, it feels much more relaxing out that way.. I stayed near downtown Gatlinburg a few months ago and it was too busy for my tastes. Too many people crammed into a small area.
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