Big Bear Mountain coaster at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN
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Tennessee Trip Guide – Spring Travel Inspiration

Get some fresh air, take a road trip and listen to Tennessee music.

Featured in this Article:

Bristol, TN/VA Spring Travel Ideas
Johnson City Spring Travel Ideas
Smokies Spring Travel Ideas
Knoxville Spring Travel Ideas
Chattanooga Spring Travel Ideas
Nashville Spring Travel Ideas
Memphis Spring Travel Ideas

It's nearly time to come out of winter's hibernation. With breathtaking scenery, adorable small towns and loads of road trip ideas, Tennessee is the place to experience the start of spring. Browse below on ways to enjoy your Tennessee spring 2024.

Bristol, TN/VA Spring Travel Ideas

If you're a music fan, head to Bristol, TN/VA. The small town that straddles the Tennessee/Virginia state line is the birthplace of country music. Do a music deep dive into the "Big Bang" at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, snap a photo in front of the iconic Bristol sign and the country music mural downtown and see a live music performance at the Paramount Bristol. Enjoy hiking and exploring in the Cherokee National Forest, do some fishing in the South Holston Lake or experience the rush of adrenaline at The Last Great Colosseum, Bristol Motor Speedway. Take a cave tour in the Bristol Caverns and go on a mountain biking adventure at Steele Creek Park

Johnson City Spring Travel Ideas

Savor small mountain town feel with a long list of things to do in Johnson City. Shop and explore art vendors, murals and incredible restaurants in Johnson City's downtown district. Take a hike up to Buffalo Mountain for incredible views. Sample local brews at Yee-Haw Brewing Company and hike or fish at Watauga Lake. When the sun goes down, explore the 9 wonderous stargazing stops in the area along the Tennessee Night Sky Trail and catch a live music performance at The Down Home.

Smokies Spring Travel Ideas

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and all the small towns among the Great Smoky Mountains make spring break memorable for the whole family.


Spring break in Gatlinburg includes many wonderful family-friendly attractions like Anakeesta and their new Birdventure, an aviary-inspired adventure zone with a dozen interactive features, seven slides that wind more than 50 feet down the mountain and more. Walk along the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America at SkyBridge. Dive into the depths of the ocean at Ripley's Aquarium and race down the Alpine Slide and Tennessee Flyer at Ober Mountain.

Pigeon Forge

In Pigeon Forge, spring break includes Dollywood with their award-winning coasters, performances and food. Celebrate spring at the Flower & Food Festival April 19-June 9, 2024 featuring larger-than-life Mosaicultures and unique foods. Enjoy expansive views on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge and experience incredible museums like the immersive Titanic Museum Attraction.


Have indoor waterpark fun at Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville where the new Kaleidoscope Kaverns Lazy River is now open, featuring a colorful immersive tunnel where the Great Smoky Mountains surround your senses. Head to The Pines in downtown Sevierville for duckpin bowling, craft pours and more. Squeal with delight over the miniature animals at Skyland Ranch and stay for lasso demonstrations, mountain coaster ride and beautiful views of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Knoxville Spring Travel Ideas

Visit Knoxville, where the arts and adventure collide for the best spring break. Find hiking trails, aerial challenges at Navitat, kayaking and mountain biking within a few minutes' drive of downtown. Come back to freshen up at your hotel before setting off to find rich history, amazing art galleries and museums, live music venues and award-winning chefs serving unforgettable cuisine. Visit the Sunsphere to get incredible views of the city and stake out your favorite rooftop to socialize under the stars. Kids of all ages will love family-friendly attractions like Zoo Knoxville, Muse Knoxville and bowling at Maple Hall

Chattanooga Spring Travel Ideas

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Fill your spring vacation with culture, amazing cuisine and beautiful vistas in Chattanooga. Kick off your spring break with a visit to the Tennessee Aquarium which celebrates the Southeast's biodiversity in two buildings filled with immersive exhibits or head to the internationally acclaimed outdoor museum, Sculpture Fields at Montague Park. More than 50 large-scale and world-class sculptures dot the vast 33 acres of winding trails. Discover the art, cuisine and culture in the Bluff View Arts District. Take the kids for a day of fun to the tallest underground waterfall in the U.S. open to the public Ruby Falls, Creative Discovery Museum and High Point Climbing and Fitness. Cap off your trip with scenic photos on the picturesque Walnut Street Bridge and in Chattanooga's West Village.

Nashville Spring Travel Ideas

Music and culture lovers should flock to Nashville for spring break. Celebrate spring with a walk through beautiful blooming trails at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. Enjoy live music at venues across the city, tour sites where music history was made like Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry and Historic RCA Studio B. Marvel at the music collection on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, National Museum of African American Music and Musicians Hall of Fame. Try the heat of hot chicken from Prince's Hot Chicken and try a variety of Nashville cuisine at Fifth & Broadway. See a Broadway or Nashville Ballet performance at Tennessee Performing Arts Center and see traveling art exhibits at Frist Art Museum. Have a fun family day at The Nashville Zoo, Adventure Science Center and The Adventure Park at Nashville or take a day trip out of the city to marvel at roaring waterfalls like at Rock Island State Park

Memphis Spring Travel Ideas

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Plan your spring break in the home of blues, soul and rock n' roll, Memphis. Party under the neon lights of Beale Street. Savor perfectly smoked barbecue and immerse in the culture, arts and history of the city. Your music pilgrimage has to include world-famous sites like Elvis Presley's Graceland, Sun Studio, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Blues Hall of Fame and Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Enjoy an outdoor concert at Overton Park Shell and celebrate spring at a variety of festivals. 

Stay inspired with even more ways to spend spring break in Tennessee by visiting our Trip Inspiration page.