7 Tennessee Adventures to Take Before Heading Back to School

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - by Amanda Stravinsky

As summer winds down and school bells are ready to ring, soak in the last precious moments of the season with a vacation to Tennessee. Hike through strikingly beautiful scenery; camp in a luxury treehouse; and meet some of the world’s most iconic artists. Family memories are just waiting to be made in Tennessee. 

Indoor Fun

Beat the heat and take advantage of Tax Free Weekend, taking place 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 28 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 30 in Tennessee.

That means state and local taxes won’t be collected on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers costing $1,500 or less. The event is open to everyone, locals and out-of-state residents alike.

Songbirds Guitar Museum houses more than 300 rare, vintage guitars both behind glass and in The Vault. Acoustic, electric, jazz, bass, mandolin and banjo guitars are all on display, providing a stunning visual of music history from the 1930s to 1970s. Tack onto your visit access to The Vault to see 60 timeless, vintage guitars that have been a driving force to today’s culture.

The world-renowned wax attraction Madame Tussauds, which has been producing life-size, life-like wax figures for 250 years, has put roots down at Opry Mills in Nashville, the city’s No. 1 shopping destination. Known for its interactive wax experience where guests can take photos with their favorite celebrities, Madame Tussauds Nashville plays hosts to guests’ favorite musicians including Justin Timberlake, Minnie Pearl, Bruno Mars and Johnny Cash among many others.

Outdoor Gems

Explore America’s largest underground lake at The Lost Sea in Sweetwater. Start off with a guided tour of the caverns and learn the fascinating history of the area. Make your way to the bottom of the cave where you’ll board a glass-bottom boat to set sail on the Lost Sea. After the tour, explore the general store, Cavern Kitchen Cafe, gem mine and glassblower.

Journey to South Cumberland State Park in Monteagle that stretches across four counties: Sequatchie, Grundy, Franklin and Marion. The Savage Gulf and Stone Door areas offer 55 miles of hiking. Take your family on this Tennessee adventure to experience waterfalls, historic locations like Stage Coach Road and the beautiful vistas. Stone Door gets its name from a crack in a cliff that looks like a door left open.

Guests to Shelby Farms Park in Memphis can enjoy a larger variety of trees, shrubs and vegetation courtesy of a new expansion. New trails, wetlands, the 80-acre Hyde Lake, decks, boat rentals and pavilion for music and events have also been added. With more than 4,500 acres of green space, you can spend your day mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking, sailing, cycling, visit with the buffalos, and lots more.

Family Camping Trip

Make kids’ dreams come true with a stay in a Luxury Tree House at Camp LeConte in Gatlinburg. The open air bedroom offers breathtaking views of Mount LeConte and fresh Great Smoky Mountain air. With a queen bed furnished with sheets, blanket and pillow and sleeping loft for two kids with blankets, pillows and sheets, a full private bathroom, covered patio, phone charger outlets and towels, wash cloths, soap, shampoo and lotion provided, it’s the family summer campout taken to a new level.

The Airstream Glamper at Stillwaters Farm in Henderson is, as they say, “for the rustic hippie in us all.” Have a glamping experience in the Airstream which houses a full-sized bed, queen-sized bed and a twin bed at the collapsible dinette booth. It has high-efficiency heat and air conditioning, new laminate floors and access to the outdoor bathhouse. The bathhouse has a composting toilet, clawfoot tub, LED lighting and tankless water heater. Do laundry at the cottage easily as Stillwaters Farm has basic laundry soap made on-site. Linens, dishes, soap, cookware and appliances are also provided.


Tennessee Aquarium Leaping Into World Lemur Day On Oct. 20 With Special Programs, Activities

Parades, Planes, Playgrounds, And More At The 2018 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

This Week's Tennessee Tourism Round Up


Never mind their captivating charisma and seemingly endless abundance of energy, being a lemur is a pretty tough gig. Thanks to a host of ecological challenges in their native Madagascar, ... (click for more)

The seventh annual Wings Over North Georgia Air Show is guaranteed to have something for everyone. Air show performances will include 70-year old warbirds, a fifth-generation fighter jet, skydivers, ... (click for more)

Pumpkin patches, hay rides, ghost hunts, cemetery tours, fall festivals, Oktoberfests, a Roller Coaster Yard Sale, whiskey festival and beef festival are on tap to kick off autumn. Here’s what’s ... (click for more)


Travel

Tennessee Aquarium Leaping Into World Lemur Day On Oct. 20 With Special Programs, Activities

Never mind their captivating charisma and seemingly endless abundance of energy, being a lemur is a pretty tough gig. Thanks to a host of ecological challenges in their native Madagascar, all of the more than 100 species of these acrobatic animals are endangered to one degree or another. As a group, they are the world’s most-imperiled class of mammal. For one day each ... (click for more)

Parades, Planes, Playgrounds, And More At The 2018 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

The seventh annual Wings Over North Georgia Air Show is guaranteed to have something for everyone. Air show performances will include 70-year old warbirds, a fifth-generation fighter jet, skydivers, jet cars, world-renowned aerobatic performers, and a 45-minute reenactment of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The air show will be Oct. 13-14, in Rome, Ga. On the ground, ... (click for more)

Breaking News

WWTA Releases Timetable That Would Have Ooltewah Sewage Treatment Plant In Operation By 2025; Public Meetings Set At Central High

The Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority has released a timetable that would have a new sewage treatment plant in Ooltewah in operation by 2025. A request for a site at Mahan Gap Road goes before the Planning Commission at Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. It goes to the County Commission Zoning Committee on Dec. 12 and the full commission on Dec. 19. The WWTA also ... (click for more)

Downtown Post Office Finally Getting Handicap Ramp

Chattanooga's Downtown Post Office, after some lawsuits and numerous complaints over the years, is finally getting a handicap ramp. Federal Judge Sandy Mattice said the complaints had increased in recent months and the General Services Administration agreed to fund the project at the historic building on Georgia Avenue. The judge said, "It's a beautiful building, but it's ... (click for more)

Opinion

Too Many Questions

First it was about 2,000, then we were told it’s up to 4,000. We have no way of knowing who’s coming or what their purpose is. NBC and CNN assure us they are seeking sanctuary but how can we know? Neither Honduras or our subjective media in America have been honest with us in the past. So, how do we know why that many people are marching across Central America? Then this morning ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: An Answer For Amy

Amy Schumer, whose cousin is Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, is said to be a very successful comedian and an activist of note. You may remember her most recent appearance was when she was arrested at the U.S. Capitol three weeks ago. She was part of a disgraceful mob who unlawfully protested the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh and the hunch is Amy wanted to get arrested so she ... (click for more)