If you don’t Instagram envy-worthy shots from your vacation, did it really happen? Tennessee is full of picture-perfect places to visit and explore, so we’ve collected some of our favorite spots for people who love sharing their vacation experiences on social media (aka everyone). From impeccable views of nature to a music festival with tons of visual inspiration, check out these spots around Tennessee – and get ready for some new followers.
This Nashville hotspot is known for their southern comfort food, homemade biscuits, and locally sourced ingredients. Husband and wife team Karl and Sarah Worley first started Biscuit Love as a food truck and have since opened two brick and mortar locations in Nashville, one in the Gulch and one in Hillsboro Village. The ‘bonuts’, five little balls of doughy heaven placed over a blueberry compote, sprinkled with sugar, and topped with lemon mascarpone, are definitely their most insta (and drool) worthy dish. If savory is more your style, try the East Nasty, a fried chicken biscuit that’s a favorite of locals and food critics alike. Word to the wise – the secrets out about Biscuit Love amongst Nashville locals, so brunch can get crazy busy. They don’t take reservations, so show up early and be prepared for a wait – trust us, your Instagram (and your belly) will thank you.
Often referred to as “country’s most famous stage”, the Grand Ole Opry is a Nashville music tradition that dates all the way back to 1925. What started as a weekly one hour radio show has now become a concert experience showcasing some of the biggest names in country music. They hold concerts every Friday and Saturday night featuring a range of musicians, giving the audience a sampling of each artist’s style. This beautiful auditorium is totally worthy of enviable Instagram shots. In addition, you can take a behind the scenes look at the venue by taking a tour and see where country music history was made.
With art installations, tons of activities and amazing live music, Bonnaroo is an incredible music and arts festival full of awesome photo opportunities. From rock to hip hop to electronica, some of the best current musicians from every genre perform at Bonnaroo every year. In addition to live music, there are theatre performances, a comedy club, silent disco, and a music technology village. Bonnaroo also has some incredible sculptures and art projects throughout the festival that are perfect for Instagram photo ops. The festival goers are just as photo worthy as the festival itself, with tons of creative costumes and over the top outfits amongst the crowds of attendees.
This amusement park is a celebration of one of Tennessee’s biggest icons, Dolly Parton. The Park has rides, games, live performances, and food that’s fun for the whole family. Located in the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, TN, Dollywood is set against a beautiful natural backdrop. You can get the full nature experience and stay in one of their rustic mountain cabins for a weekend adventure. In addition to the amusement park, Dollywood includes Sky zip, an outdoor zip line adventure experience that takes you on five zip lines through the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Dollywood also has a waterpark section in their park, splash country, which is a must see stop for summer trips to Tennessee.
At 6,643 ft. Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and in Tennessee. A short but steep half mile paved trail leads to the Clingmans Dome observation tower, one of the best vantage points in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This lookout point has 360 views of miles of surrounding peaks and valleys, and on clear days you can see up to 100 miles in each direction and seven surrounding states. With incredible views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Clingmans Dome is one of the best places for landscape photos in Tennessee.
Located in Northwest Tennessee, Reelfoot Lake has an ecosystem unlike anywhere else in the state, with wildlife and plants that cannot be found anywhere else in the state. The lake was created by massive earthquakes in 1811-1812, causing the Mississippi River to overflow and create this shallow, 20-mile-long lake. A flooded forest, Reelfoot lake has Cypress trees that grow right out of the water, as well as aquatic plants that create an almost mystical landscape.
The area is also known for its abundant wildlife, and is home to thousands of bald eagles. Not only is Reelfoot Lake a great place to snap some truly unique nature photos, you can also fish, hike, and camp in the area.
With endless natural beauty, cultural events, and fun activities, there are plenty of photo worthy spots to visit in Tennessee. Add these must Instagram places to your next trip to Tennessee for some guaranteed likes on your next post.