Weekend Trio Trip: Nashville, Chattanooga & Knoxville

by Country Inns & Suites
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Summertime will be here before we know it, and vacations are on our minds. If you can’t get away for an entire week, a long weekend trip can be the perfect solution. From bustling downtown areas to the unforgettable Great Smoky Mountains, Eastern Tennessee is a great getaway destination in the Southeastern United States. Follow our weekend travel itinerary through the cities of Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville for a trip that’s shorter on days, but not on memories.

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Nashville

Kick off your long weekend in style in Music City, USA. Home to the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, and countless live music venues, Nashville is the place to be for any music lover. If you enjoy sports, the city hosts several college and professional teams, including the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, the NHL’s Nashville Predators, and Vanderbilt University’s Commodores. You can also learn about the area’s Civil War history at one of the many famous battle sites, or remember the Man in Black at the Johnny Cash Museum. Round out your day of exploring the city by catching some live music and trying out Nashville’s famous spicy fried chicken, known as “hot chicken.” At the end of the night, one of our convenient area hotels will be ready to welcome you with a chocolate chip cookie and a comfortable bed.

Chattanooga

After enjoying a complimentary, hot breakfast at your Country Inns & Suites hotel, pack your bags for the quick two hour drive southeast to the scenic city of Chattanooga. With beautiful views of the Appalachian Mountains, you’ll want to enjoy as much time as you can outdoors. Visitors can stroll along the Tennessee Riverwalk, browse the boutiques or grab a bite to eat in the North Shore district, or ride the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway from the St. Elmo Historic District all the way to the top of Lookout Mountain for a breathtaking view. Families will also enjoy visiting the Tennessee Aquarium or the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park, or spending an afternoon at the nearby Lake Winnepesaukah amusement park. For more adventure, explore Ruby Falls, the underground waterfall located inside Lookout Mountain, or the expansive cave system of Raccoon Mountain Caverns. After a fun-filled day, rest your head at one of our four Chattanooga area hotels.

Knoxville

Ready for a little bit more adventure? Follow the Tennessee River northeast to Knoxville, Tennessee.  Known as one of the gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this city in the Appalachian region won’t disappoint when it comes to scenic views. With its vibrant arts and music community, Knoxville hosts several festivals and events throughout the year. There’s sure to be something going on during your stay! You can also explore the expansive campus of the University of Tennessee, or catch a Volunteers game at Neyland Stadium if you’re visiting during college football season. If shopping is on your mind, stroll through the historic Market Square or the revitalized urban neighborhood of Old City to browse the shops, boutiques, and restaurants. You can also enjoy some relaxing time outdoors at the popular World’s Fair Park, which was the site of the 1982 World’s Fair. After an enjoyable day in Knoxville, you’ll want a good night’s rest before you head for home. A comfortable night in one of our area hotels is the perfect way to end this great weekend trip.

With so much to do in each city, you may end up extending your trip to more than just a long weekend! Tell us your favorite things to do in Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville in the comments below.