Thaw Out With These Ten Tennessee Travel Tips

With an entire winter of trudging through snow ahead it’s easy to understand why many people feel weary. Thaw out those icy thoughts with these ten travel tips for a sunny adventure in Tennessee’s Mountain Playground:

1. Seek an elevated perspective. Climb to an elevation of more than 6,000 feet for a breathtaking view of the Roan Highlands near Roan Mountain State Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Meet hikers along the Appalachian Trail and snap photos of rare bird species and plants unique to the area.

2. Dive into an adventure. Rent a boat, jet ski or paddleboard to glide around Watauga Lake, which has been named the third cleanest lake in America. Drop an anchor and swim to the shoreline to seek solitude in a designated wilderness area with several waterfalls that locals use as swimming holes.

3. Hook up with a guide. Make plans to go fly fishing on the trophy trout section of the Watauga River. Choose from several local guide services, such as Watauga River Guides and Trophy Waters, who will happily share their secret spots to ensure a great catch.

4. Learn something new. Visit the land where the first free society west of the Alleghenies, known as the Watauga Association, was established in 1772. Sycamore Shoals State Park exists to tell the story of how the Overmountain Men mustered here at Fort Watauga before marching on to the turning point of the American Revolution.

5. Fellowship with family, friends. Make more time to be in the company of loved ones by organizing a group vacation instead of coming alone. The area can easily accommodate summer camps and family reunions. An activity such as hiking or biking on the Tweetsie Trail is great for a group with various fitness levels.

6. Eat heartily and healthy. No matter the craving, the diversity of restaurants is sure to satiate any appetite. Try something new each night with choices ranging from traditional Turkish gyros, quintessential Korean kimchi and bi-bim-bap, homestyle southern cooking, family-style Italian cuisine with a salad bar and much more.

7. Collect good memories. Make new memories while reminiscing over relics found in Downtown Elizabethton, which is a historic and antique shopping district. Find a keepsake by which to remember the trip or knock the dust off an artifact to take back home. Make sure to do the downtown Walking Tour as to not miss any points of interest.

8. Take a sunny and scenic drive. Cruise around the mountainous landscape via the Sunnyside Trail, an official Tennessee Vacation byway featuring 179 points of interest. Plan for at least two days to be sure to see all this motor route has to offer including the areas surrounding Tennessee’s Mountain Playground.

9. Find a home away from home. Let one of the owners of a local bed and breakfast take care of all needs or choose to stay in a cabin or campground to ease access to outdoor activities in the Cherokee National Forest. Find out more about accommodations on our website’s STAY page.

10. Focus on the future. Perhaps it’s time to make a permanent change in address? Consider relocating to the area to experience all the items on this list every day. By the way, Carter County, Tennessee is an official Retire Tennessee community. More relocation information is available on our website’s RELOCATE page.