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Tennessee Road Trip: The Ultimate Guide

Tennessee Road Trip: The Ultimate Guide

If you’ve never been on a Tennessee road trip before, it’s definitely something to add to your bucket list. A road trip is a unique way to experience any city, state, or country, and can be an excellent way for you to bond with those you love most.

Not only is Tennessee home to Nashville, but it also offers Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, and so much more. It has some of the most beautiful national parks and home to a wide range of farming -- especially cattle and beef cows.

With over six million citizens statewide, you won’t have to meet everybody -- but Tennessee is home to some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. You’re sure to form some memories and create relationships that last a lifetime, even if you don’t see them again!

If you need some Tennessee road trip ideas to help make the most of your adventure, we have some tips for you -- including how to go about the road trip, what to pack, and things to do in Tennessee. Without further ado, let’s get started with our ultimate guide to your Tennessee road trip.

Choosing Your Experience

First off, you need to decide whether you want to drive through Tennessee in a car, van, or RV. All come with pros and cons, so you’ll have to weigh your options and choose the one that best suits your situation, especially if you’re with others.

A car is likely the cheapest option in terms of mileage, but comfortability will be limited. Of course, you’ll need to pay for a hotel or other place to stay when you reach a destination. A van gives you more comfortability than a car, but doesn’t help with gas and you still need a place to stay.

An RV solves the comfortability and need for a hotel, but you’ll be paying a lot of money in gas. It’s often more than worth it because you get a fun and enjoyable experience with the rest of your crew.

Packing What You Need

Let’s go over some of the essentials you can’t forget when packing for a road trip. You’ll definitely need a form of directions, but it’s best to pack a map no matter what in case technology goes down. With that being said, don’t forget a charger.

It’s also best to pack a first-aid kit, flashlight, and any other survival items you might need. Aside from your clothes for the trip, you’ll want to pack some pillows and blankets to keep yourself comfortable during the road trip.

Finally, pack some snacks for the road and make sure you have some things to entertain yourself with. This is easier if you have people with you, but there’s always music and podcasts if you’re doing it alone!

Things to Do in Tennessee

Now that you’re better prepared with some Tennessee road trip ideas, it’s time to take a look at some of the fun things to do in Tennessee. As you move through the state, we’ll highlight three of our favorite places that you can’t miss.

Here they are: 

  1. Country Music Hall of Fame - any country music fan needs to visit this museum at least once in their life. It’s located in the heart of Nashville.
  2. Beale Street - located in downtown Memphis, Beale Street is 1.8 miles of blues clubs and restaurants that mark the city’s great history.
  3. Sunsphere - a 266 ft high hexagonal located in downtown Knoxville inside World’s Fair Park. The observation deck is absolutely stunning.

When you set off on your Tennessee road trip, make it a point to snap a photo of yourself in these three locations as milestones of your amazing new memories!


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