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Trip to Tennessee


By jorge5240

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    We are heading on a family trip Tennessee for a week in April.My wife is in charge of planning the trip but I thought I would throw it out there if there are some can't miss spots we should see. We will be flying in to Nashville, staying there for two days, then to Chattanooga for two days and finally pigeon forge for two more days. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    #2 2 years ago

    Pigeon forge has lots of stuff including Dollywood

    #3 2 years ago

    You have made 3 great choices - I love to visit TN every chance I get.

    My first question would be family size & ages since that would give me a better idea of what places to suggest. Secondly some idea of what you like would help also - do you like crowded in town areas or more out of the way places, etc?

    #4 2 years ago

    We visited the Smokey Mountains and Gatlinburg twice, but they just had a huge forest fire last month, so you might want to research that first. Drive up Clingmans Dome for a sweet view. If your a smoker you'll want to prepare yourself better for the walk up to the observation deck. We also walked a few waterfall trails. Just be sensible, take food and water, proper dress for cooler temps and leave early in the day. We like the out of the way historical park attractions more than the busy tourist areas. Nothing beats a hot tub off the back of a mountain rental home.

    #5 2 years ago

    I live in Chattanooga. A lot to do and see in this area. If you are into history, the battlefields of Lookout Mt and Chickamauga are a must see. The views from the Lookiut on a clear day are beautiful. Chickamauga has been preserved exactly the way it was. There is an audio tour that you can take from your car. It is a sprawling several square miles area. It also has one of the largest gun collections in the world - Fuller gun collection. https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60770-d105137-r427241779-Chickamauga_and_Chattanooga_National_Military_Park-Fort_Oglethorpe_Georgia.html

    A lot of outdoor activities - if you into caving some of the best in the country - http://www.raccoonmountain.com. If you are even more adventurous tandom hang gliding off the backside of Lookout is a bucket list activity. There are really good water boat activities on the river and the downtown has two world class aquariums on the waterfront with lots of terrific restaurants nearby. A micro brew culture is also growing. Two of my favorite - just beer, not TV, etc. is Hutton and Smith and Odd Story.

    Feel free to PM me if you want more info or details.

    #6 2 years ago

    http://gamegalaxyarcade.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/Game-Galaxy-Arcade-204834345061/photos/?ref=page_internal

    Classic arcade games ((35-40)
    40+ pinball machines
    Retro Japanese games/XBOX console area
    "Fight Nights" every Tuesday from 6pm-10pm
    Hourly and all day rates on games (no quarters needed)

    #7 2 years ago

    Depends on your the ages if you have kids but Game Galaxy is a must stop for arcade fans. I like the Smyrna location, it has more arcades and some awesome older pins along with a few moderns. The Antioch location still has most of the modern pins but I'm a classic fan so I liked what I saw at Smyrna better. Nashville has great food and everything you could think of to do. The aquarium is a must visit in Chattanooga. It's probably my favorite aquarium to visit, it's large so plan on a good chunk of a day there. Chattanooga has lots of outdoor hiking but also lots of culture and art. It's a really nice mid sized town. Pigeon Forge is more of a tourist trap then anything to me. Plenty to do and see but everything has a cheesy and overpriced feel to it. There is incredible hiking in the area though so when we go we stay just outside of Gatlinburg and usually buy groceries to save money on food and spend all of our time hiking in the park. My favorite place to eat when we do eat out is the smoky mountain brewery. Decent enough beer, but great pizza. The pancake pantry is also another popular stop but be warned that the line for it starts early and it's cash only.

    #8 2 years ago

    Nashville: The lanemotormuseum.org has the most interesting collection of cars and other stuff, probably that you'll never see elsewhere. Hopefully Jeff is there and you'll meet him. Reasonable admission. Food: I like Jack's BBQ downtown. Its touristy, but my favorite BBQ and veggies/cornbread. Arcade: See above.

    Gatlinburg/Pigeon: I really like the mountain coaster, especially at night. We did the one at Ober Gatlinburg. I'm a coaster guy. Not sure if they're open this time of year or because of the fires. Like being on a wireform in your own personal gocart going down the mountain in near silence. If you have small kids with you, don't do: Earthquake thing, House of Illusions, or the Ripley's mirror maze. zzzz. The other mirror maze is more fun.

    #9 2 years ago

    The ages on the trip are
    Myself 38
    Wife 31
    Son 3 1/2
    Son 18 months
    Father 72
    Mother 69

    We know about the fire but we are staying in a cabin few miles away from where the fire was. We still thought it would be good to stay in a cabin for a few days at the end of our trip. We are pretty athletic, out door people. We will be driving from location to location so we will have the freedom to stop along the way.

    Thanks so far for all the responses.

    #10 2 years ago

    In Nashville we like outside of town - out by the Grand Old Opry. My favorite place to listen to some music is The Palace and right next door is the (free) Duke's of Hazard Museum. If you are looking for something kind of cool & different to kill a couple hours go into the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center - it is very neat with a little riverboat & river throughout the inside courtyard area. The "real" riverboat is also a nice ride and that docks right in the mall parking lot at the far end from the Opry & Opryland. There is also tons of stuff to do in town but that is a lot of walking with little ones.

    As far as Chattanooga we have not been their enough to give you great suggestions so I will let that up to others.

    In Gatlinburg - Ripley's has the aquarium but you can buy a pass for several of the Ripley's attractions at a discounted rate. I forget what all of them were but they have 6 or 7 things total in the area. You can spend over a day just doing the Ripley's stuff alone. I actually like Gatlinburg much more than Pigeon Forge - to me Pigeon Forge is basically just an extension of Dollywood.

    #11 2 years ago

    I'm looking at the Chattanooga Aquarium out my work window right now, wishing I could go see the fish today instead of working.

    There's quite a lot of things to do here, as long as you're not looking for pinball.

    We've got a nice downtown with tons of chain and local restaurants, with the biggest attraction being the Aquarium. There are actually 2 buildings, one for freshwater and one for saltwater that includes a butterfly garden and extensive petting area. The downtown waterfront area has boats with daily tours: the Southern Belle is a riverboat with lunch cruises and a burger bar on their stationary actual-boat dock, and the River Gorge Explorer is owned by the Aquarium and a custom high-tech speed boat that goes further out in the water so you can see more wildlife. Across the river is North Shore with lots of little local shops (Olive Chattanooga is a favorite for specialty oils/vinegars/food and free tastings) and Coolidge Park has a carousel and giant water fountains for the kids to play in. The TN Valley Railroad Museum has daily rides on the train, which goes through a ridge tunnel to a giant turntable and flips the engine around to come back. The zoo is growing and very nice, with lots of interactive things for the kids to do including camel rides. I don't drink, but there's quite a few breweries around town that give tours. I also don't eat out that often, but really like Urban Stack for good local burgers, and they're housed in the original luggage building for the Chattanooga Choo Choo, which is just across the street. It has train cars you can eat in or spend the night in. And just down the street is the Incline (72.7% grade for 1 mile,) Rock City (rocks, waterfalls, See Rock City! birdhouses, gnomes, and fudge,) and Ruby Falls (underground waterfall and cave exploration.)

    http://www.tnaqua.org/
    http://chattanoogariverboat.com/
    http://www.tnaqua.org/plan-your-visit/river-gorge-explorer/
    https://www.olivechattanooga.com/
    http://www.downtownchattanooga.org/new/play/parks-and-recreation
    http://www.tvrail.com/
    http://www.chattzoo.org/
    http://urbanstack.com/
    http://choochoo.com/
    http://www.ridetheincline.com/
    http://www.seerockcity.com/
    http://www.rubyfalls.com/

    #12 2 years ago

    In Nashville:

    - see the Parthenon
    - Broadway at night and go in the various honkey tonks, Robert's Western World is the best
    - Country Music Hall of Fame and RCA Victor studio B tour (if you like that kind of music)
    - Opryland Hotel is cool, you could go the Grand Ole Opry
    - Tour the Ryman, or see a show there
    - Bluebird cafe can be great

    Pigeon Forge

    - Dollywood is fun
    - I would hike in the Smokies, drive to Cades Cove
    - Walk around Gatlinburg

    #13 2 years ago

    In Chattanooga the Children's museum is fantastic. The aquarium is not as big as the one here in ATL but it flows from start to finish so much better. There is a railroad museum museum and tour that is good also and you have to "See Rock City" nearby.

    #14 2 years ago
    Quoted from blondetall:

    I'm looking at the Chattanooga Aquarium out my work window right now, wishing I could go see the fish today instead of working.
    There's quite a lot of things to do here, as long as you're not looking for pinball.
    We've got a nice downtown with tons of chain and local restaurants, with the biggest attraction being the Aquarium. There are actually 2 buildings, one for freshwater and one for saltwater that includes a butterfly garden and extensive petting area. The downtown waterfront area has boats with daily tours: the Southern Belle is a riverboat with lunch cruises and a burger bar on their stationary actual-boat dock, and the River Gorge Explorer is owned by the Aquarium and a custom high-tech speed boat that goes further out in the water so you can see more wildlife. Across the river is North Shore with lots of little local shops (Olive Chattanooga is a favorite for specialty oils/vinegars/food and free tastings) and Coolidge Park has a carousel and giant water fountains for the kids to play in. The TN Valley Railroad Museum has daily rides on the train, which goes through a ridge tunnel to a giant turntable and flips the engine around to come back. The zoo is growing and very nice, with lots of interactive things for the kids to do including camel rides. I don't drink, but there's quite a few breweries around town that give tours. I also don't eat out that often, but really like Urban Stack for good local burgers, and they're housed in the original luggage building for the Chattanooga Choo Choo, which is just across the street. It has train cars you can eat in or spend the night in. And just down the street is the Incline (72.7% grade for 1 mile,) Rock City (rocks, waterfalls, See Rock City! birdhouses, gnomes, and fudge,) and Ruby Falls (underground waterfall and cave exploration.)
    http://www.tnaqua.org/
    http://chattanoogariverboat.com/
    http://www.tnaqua.org/plan-your-visit/river-gorge-explorer/
    https://www.olivechattanooga.com/
    http://www.downtownchattanooga.org/new/play/parks-and-recreation
    http://www.tvrail.com/
    http://www.chattzoo.org/
    http://urbanstack.com/
    http://choochoo.com/
    http://www.ridetheincline.com/
    http://www.seerockcity.com/
    http://www.rubyfalls.com/

    This is awesome!

    Thank you to all that have contributed. It is really helping sure up our trip. Not looking for any pinball, just fun activities and things that are different from California. I love all of the outdoor activities suggested. Thanks again, Mike

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