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If you are just itching to get out of the house but stay close to home, these Tennessee Day Trips are for you. Of course you need to live near or in Tennessee for the day trips to be an option but we have covered most of the state so you do have some choices.


We included 12 National Parks for day trips with family in Tennessee. They are located all over the state and some have hiking and all sorts of activities you can make a day of. Be sure to pack a picnic for extra family fun.

map of Tennessee with day trip cities marked

East Tennessee is where you will find Knoxville, Gatlinburg and Jonesborough. An area rich with history and mountains and plenty of interesting places to spend a day.

Southeast Tennessee just across the Georgia border is Chattanooga with plenty of things to do for a day trip with kids in Tennessee. A day trip from Atlanta to Chattanooga, Tn. is a great idea. The drive can be made in under an hour. Spend the day visiting places like Ruby Falls and the Chattanooga Zoo, enjoy a good meal and be back home by early evening.

Middle Tennessee is home to Nashville, Lynchburg and Franklin. You can easily spend a day in any of these cities enjoying food, culture and history.

Are you an Elvis fan? Memphis is in West Tennessee. It isn’t a long drive from parts of northeast Arkansas or northwest Mississippi. You can easily spend a day at Graceland.

11 Day Trips in Tennessee

11 Day Trips in Tennessee you can add to your travel plans this year. West Tennessee, Middle or East Tennessee, we have day trip ideas with loads of rich history, music, food and southern hospitality.

I hope you can use these best day trips in Tennessee to make your year filled with adventure and family fun. Day trips are the way to go when you are trying to avoid hotel stays to save money. Because Tennessee is a southern state filled with history, culture and down home good cooking, you can find plenty of places to go and things to do for day trips.

Also See our list of 2021 Festivals in Tennessee


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