When you choose the great state of Tennessee as your spring break vacation destination, you can easily explore the Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge, or embark on snow-filled adventures in Gatlinburg. Stay at one of many incredible Tennessee vacation rentals to be in proximity to nightlife in Nashville, outdoor adventures in Clarksville, or unparalleled Southern cuisine in Knoxville. Consider one of these popular destinations in Tennessee for your next spring break trip.

1. Pigeon Forge

Ferris wheel

A vacation rental in Pigeon Forge puts you in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, offering spectacular views from your cabin’s balcony. If the weather is warm, start your adventures at the Splash Country water park and the Dollywood amusement park, or hop on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel to soar 400 feet into the air. A day at the Wonderworks Museum is a treat for kids looking to climb the exhibits, while the Titanic Museum is a popular attraction for history buffs. Find even more adventure at Smoky Mountain Ziplines, or opt for a nature tour with Bluff Mountain Adventures. When hunger strikes, stop in for some bar bites at the Iron Boar Saloon or the Mellow Mushroom.

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2. Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg Tennesee landscape

Spring weather gives you a chance to take part in both water-filled and snow-filled adventures when you make Gatlinburg your spring vacation destination. Speed down the mountainside at Uber Gatlinburg on the Sky Mountain Coaster, or spend the afternoon ice skating while enjoying views of the Tennessee mountains. Explore the underwater creatures at the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, or hike to the Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook for an incredible group photo. This Tennessee city also features entertainment for adults that includes tours of the Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery, Sugarlands Distilling Company, and Tennessee Homemade Wines.

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3. Clarksville

Opt for a big city with a small-town feel with a vacation rental in Clarksville. The Historic Downtown Clarksville area is the ideal place to see historic mansions, tour the Custom House Museum and Cultural Center, or shop the specialty stores. Get your fill of outdoor adventures with a bike trip or hike through Dunbar Cave State Park with the kids, or head to the Clarksville Greenway for a challenging jog or run. If the weather is warm enough to make a splash, stop in at Liberty Park and Marina to fish off the docks, or take a boat tour with Blue Heron Cruises. Enjoy the nightlife in Clarksville by joining the locals for happy hour at King’s Night Club or Tipper’s Neighborhood Pub.

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4. Nashville

Nashville Tennesee skyline

Country music fans flock to Nashville to spend their days and nights on Music Row, soaking up the live music at Legends, Tin Roof, Frisky Frog, and more than 50 bars and clubs on Broadway. See the stars of country music at a performance of the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium, or head to the Country Music Hall of Fame for even more entertainment. The Nashville Zoo is a popular attraction for families, as well as the gardens and playgrounds at Centennial Park. Indulge history buffs by visiting the Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation.

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5. Chattanooga

wide swinging bridge

Spring break in Chattanooga offers plenty of family fun and entertainment, such as afternoons at the Tennessee Aquarium or hiking to Lookout Mountain to see spectacular views. This city, located on the border of Tennessee and Georgia, is also home to attractions for the college crew. Head to Chattanooga Hop On/Off Trolley Tour to see the main attractions, or enjoy happy hour at the Flying Squirrel Bar. Shop the specialty shops in the downtown area, or grab some bar bites at Sky Zoo before retreating back to your cozy vacation rental.

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6. Jackson

Melton Lake Park

 

Jackson is a historic city nestled between Nashville and Memphis. A vacation rental in Jackson gives you and your friends and family a chance to explore the history of the state in the Lane College Historic District or at the Britton Lane Battlefield. Let the kids explore the Casey Jones House and Train Museum, or tap your toes at the Rock A Billy Hall of Fame. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Cypress Grove Nature Park to see the wildlife up close and personal, while the club goers enjoy dancing and drinks at Mulligan’s or the Red Dog Saloon Bar and Grill.

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7. Knoxville

tower Knoxville Tennessee

Settle in a small Tennessee town with Southern charm when you choose Knoxville as your vacation destination for spring break. In the Market Square district, tour historic homes or shop at the locally owned specialty stores. Catch a show at the Tennessee Theatre, and then soak in the nightlife with cocktails at the Red Piano Lounge. Time your spring break trip to coincide with Knoxville’s Mardi Growl Dog Parade, or enjoy the spring weather with a stop in at the Knoxville Zoo. The Ijams Nature Center is the perfect place to explore nature with friends and family.

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8. Memphis

Mississippi Memphis Tennessee
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When you’re looking for a spring break experience in the big city with bright lights, Memphis is the obvious choice. Tap into your love of music with tours of the Memphis Gibson Guitar Factory or the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum before heading to Beale Street to hear live music at hotspots such as the Rum Boogie Cafe or Silky O’Sullivan’s. Family-friendly attractions include a trip to the Peabody Hotel to see the ducks walking the red carpet or an afternoon at the Memphis Zoo. A trip to Memphis is not complete without a stop in at Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley.

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