Winter scene at Mt LeConte at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee
Photo Credit: @gnphiker

Tennessee Trip Guide – Winter Travel Ideas

Hikes, music sites and road trips lead to cozy spots around the state.

Tennessee adventures don't hibernate in the winter. There are plenty of ways to fill your days with exciting things to do in Tennessee. Outdoor adventures, indoor fun for everyone and cozy places to curl up can be found across the state. We've gathered winter inspiration across the state so you can start planning your vacation.

Celebrate the Holidays

Discover holiday magic in Tennessee. Millions of lights twinkle at world-class attractions and charming small towns host events full of community togetherness. You'll think you stepped into a Hallmark movie. Find Christmas inspiration, including gift ideas for everyone on your list, with the travel ideas below:

Experience 12 Days of a Tennessee Christmas
The Gift of Travel: Tennessee Experiences for Anyone on Your List
14 Giftable East Tennessee Experiences
14 Tennessee Experiences to Gift This Holiday Season
Made in Tennessee Gift Ideas
Help Give Back When You Visit These Tennessee Places
An Upper Cumberland Tennessee Christmas
Spend Christmas in Memphis

Explore Winter Fun in Tennessee

Endless outdoor fun is in the forecast this winter. Grab your hiking boots, a kayak or snowboard to see wintery waterfalls, untouched, beautiful landscapes and challenging slaloms. Check out these articles for your ultimate winter adventure:

Family-Friendly Winter Activities
Winter Hiking & Camping in Tennessee's State Parks
8 Wintery Hikes You Should Take in Tennessee
A Weekend in Bristol, Tennessee
Explore the History and Cuisine in Greeneville

Cozy Up in Tennessee

Travel to Tennessee for warm restaurants, cozy coffee shops and fun indoor activities. When you're ready to curl up in your own space, book a stay at a cabin or beautiful bed & breakfast. Here are some ideas on how you can stay cozy in Tennessee:

Indoor Tennessee Attractions to Explore this Winter
Pillows & Pancakes: Where to Sleep and Eat in the Smokies
Cozy Places To Eat in Tennessee
Cozy Up In Tennessee Coffee Shops
Have a Winter Romance in Knoxville

A Taste of Tennessee

Winter is all about comfort foods and in Tennessee you're sure to get a heartwarming meal anywhere you go. Sit down to a memorable meal of Southern staples like fried chicken and biscuits. Turn up the heat with hot chicken, sample Tennessee whiskey that warms you from the inside out and sample the many sweet treats found in bakeries across the state. Check out these places for your next meal.

Taste Your Way Through Tennessee
Brunch Spots in Tennessee
Gluten-Free and Vegan Bakeries in Tennessee
8 Speakeasies and Hidden Bars in Tennessee You Should Visit
12 Donut Shops You Have to Visit in Tennessee
10 Memphis Restaurants Sure to Warm Your Heart During Winter
Standing at Ease - A Primer for Clarksville’s Culinary Trail
Where to Chow Down in Chattanooga
Where to Eat When You're in Knoxville