With a gorgeous Smoky Mountains setting, Dollywood is as big as Dolly Parton’s smile! Visitors can watch craftsmen at work and purchase their unique creations, including woodcarvings, glasswork and candles, visit an 1890’s one room schoolhouse and ride the exhilarating Barnstormer’s rotations, 81 feet high and 45 mph. Music is found everywhere in the park, featuring exciting, family-oriented shows, from country and bluegrass to gospel and classic rock. Five fabulous festivals are held throughout the year as well. Splash Country water park offers a Lazy River, a whitewater rafting adventure and Bear Mountain Fire Tower’s 7 slides and water cannons. Splash and Play passes are available. Find Discount Hotels near Dollywood.
Fall Creek Falls State Park
With a 256 foot waterfall, highest in the eastern U.S., this park is considered one of the best around. Outstanding natural features include a 345-acre fishing Lake, cascades, gorges and lush forests. Complementing these features are a par-72, 18-hole golf course, 3 miles of paved bike trails, 15 miles of mountain bike trails and 34 hiking miles, plus an Olympic-sized swimming pool. Outstanding annual events ice the cake. Find Discount Hotels near Fall Creek Falls State Park.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Wildflowers, waterfalls and wildlife – what else could you ask for? America’s most visited national park maintains 800 miles of hiking trails, preserves close to 80 historic structures and offers some of the best trout fishing anywhere. Get up close to the natural beauty on a guided tour on horseback, or simply relax in your car – try the 11-mile loop road at Cades Cove, which also boasts a short nature trail and a hike to celebrated Rocky Top. Find Discount Hotels near Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Known as a popular ski destination and an aerial tramway which gives visitors magnificent Smoky Mountain vistas, be assured there are other things to do as well. Ride the Alpine Slide along trails through the woods, shoot the chute on a raft, ride the chair swing or a nostalgic carousel, ice skate indoors, and explore a maze. Children aren’t left out, as Kiddie Land has rides sized just right. Pay just for activities you choose. Find Discount Hotels near Ober Gatlinburg.
Shiloh National Military Park
Memorializing the site of the 1862 Civil War Battle with 23,000 casualties, Shiloh’s activities include ranger-led programs, taking a 12.7 mile auto tour through the park, visiting its National Cemetery and exploring six Indian Mounds, circa 1200. Visit nearby Corinth, Mississippi to explore 14 historic battle and siege sites. Both parks boast Interpretive Centers with lots of exhibits. Find Discount Hotels near Shiloh National Military Park.
Paris Landing State Park
This park is found on the Tennessee River’s western shore, dammed to form Kentucky Lake. Enjoy the full-service marina and boat launch for lake fun, or hit the links at a National Audubon sanctioned course. If 3 miles of self-guided hiking trails aren’t sufficient, head over to nearby Land Between the Lakes for 100 more. Summer brings an annual concert series and winter offers eagle watching opportunities. Find Discount Hotels near Paris Landing State Park.