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Places to Take Dad in Tennessee

However dad decides to spend this Father's Day, make sure he spends it in Tennessee.

Help dad and father figures in your life celebrate Father’s Day by spending it in Tennessee where he can experience a getaway full of golf, sports, fishing and quality relaxation. Here are just a few ideas.

High Adrenaline Sports in Tennessee

Memphis International Raceway - Millington

Strap into a racecar for the ride of a lifetime during the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience at Memphis International Raceway in Millington. Whip around the 3/4 –mile oval track, which once hosted the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Choose a ride-along experience, where a professional racecar driver will reach racing speeds, giving you a glimpse into what it takes to win the checkered flag. Driving experiences range from four laps for $399 to 50 laps for $2,499. Ride Along experiences range from three laps at $149 to five laps at $199.

Flying Camp Paragliding - Dunlap

See Tennessee's beautiful scenery from a different perspective with Flying Camp Paragliding in Dunlap. Book a tandem paragliding adventure to see the expansive Sequatchie Valley. You'll launch from a more than 2,000-foot mountain and land in the valley 700 feet below. A licensed professional instructor will guide you for the ultimate experience, and photos and video services are available to capture your flight.

Tennessee Flying Machines - Sparta

Want to see waterfalls from a World War II warbird? You can with Tennessee Flying Machines. Book a ride on a T-6, Stearman or Super Decathalon for a 30-minute, 45-minute or hour-long flight where you'll get a chance to see the Upper Cumberland region below from waterfalls to hills, valleys and Center Hill Lake. For Tennessee residents: If you live within 25 miles of the Upper Cumberland region, Tennessee Flying Machines can fly you over your house. 

Fishing Spots in Tennessee

Dale Hollow Lake - Byrdstown

Dale Hollow Lake, rated No. 2 in the nation by Bassmaster Magazine, is home to six of the top 10 world record smallmouth bass catches, according to Bassmaster, on the Tennessee/Kentucky border. Sail away and cast a line on the lake, 27,700 acres of some of the cleanest lake water in the United States. More than 1.5 million trout are produced by the hatchery, the largest federal hatchery east of the Mississippi. Millions of visitors come to fish and catch the biggest bass they can find; so much so, that Dale Hollow holds a couple of fishing tournaments. Try out the lake yourself and then add the tournament to your list of events to attend this fall in Tennessee.

Pickwick Lake - Counce

One of the best in the Southeast, Pickwick Lake in Hardin County offers excellent fishing for white and yellow bass, striped bass and is famous for its tournament-sized catfish. It hosts numerous local and national fishing tournaments where the best fishers around the world fish, not only for the biggest catch but prize money, too.

Golf in Tennessee

Mirimichi Lakes Golf - Millington

Tennessee is great for a golf weekend. And, if Golfweek names a course the best in Tennessee for three consecutive years, you may want to tee up and see for yourself. Mirimichi Golf Course in Millington is that course, being named Golfweek's "Best Courses You Can Play" by their nationwide team of course raters. Choose the Championship Course which has more than 7,400 yards of championship-level golf, complete with elevated greens, pit bunkers, grassland, creeks, and waterfalls. Little Mirimichi is a 9-hole, par 35 course which still offers relaxed playing among Tennessee's natural beauty. Practice your swing at the driving range, short-game complex, and putting green at the Practice Facilities.

Fairfield Glade Resort - Crossville

In the Upper Cumberland region, among the beautiful hills and hollows, golf courses dot the rural town, Crossville, dubbing it the "Golf Capital of Tennessee." With 10 major golf clubs, all offering different skill levels for a variety of games, Crossville is home to the tranquil game of golf for sport enthusiasts everywhere. More than 500,000 rounds of golf were played in Crossville last year and that number continues to grow. Take a tee, take a breath, and take in the beauty of the Upper Cumberland as you swing your way to a perfect golf score.

Motorcycle Trails in Tennessee

Southern Dozen Motorcycle Rides - Johnson City

If your dad or father figure likes to feel as free as a bird, plan a motorcycle tour on one of the Southern Dozen Motorcycle Rides that weave through Northeast Tennessee. Challenge yourself on The Snake for awe-inspiring views of Shady Valley, Backbone Rock and other photo ops. Trails lead you to historic sites, music venues, cavern tours, small town restaurants and more. Bikers can spend a day or a whole weekend traversing the many roadways through this region.

Carve The Cumberland - Cookeville

Carve the Cumberland on the Tennessee Twelve, featuring 12 riding routes full of waterfalls, picturesque overlooks, historic sites, small towns and more. Ranging from 67 miles to 184 miles, the routes start in Cookeville, then take you through small towns like Sparta, Monterey and Carthage where you'll find craft breweries and distilleries, curving roadways, state parks, incredible food and unforgettable hospitality.

These are just some of the ways you can celebrate your loved ones in Tennessee. Explore even more ways on the Celebrate experience page.

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