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Trip to Tennessee

By jorge5240

4 years ago

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    #1 4 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.

    #9 4 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.

    #14 4 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.)

    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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    #15 6 months ago

    Heading back to Tennessee this summer.

    This time possibly looking to move there. We are lake people so we would need to be on a lake.

    We have a solid budget possibly coming from California.

    We are looking around Nashville (old Hickory) and Knoxville if anyone has any input or insight on neighborhoods it would be greatly appreciated.



    #18 6 months ago


    I have sent you a couple PM’s. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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