There’s something to be said for places that enjoy the very best of all four seasons. While ultra-warm locales have many perks, the drawback is that they don’t experience “real” falls, winters and springs. Tennessee is one state that is blessed with the best that all four of the seasons have to offer. Whether you visit during spring, summer, winter or fall, you are sure to find a wide range of exceptional things to see and do.
From splashing in the cool water of a gorgeous waterfall to crunching through a pile of colorful leaves on a remote trail, anytime of the year is a great time to visit.
Springtime in Tennessee
Tennessee brings the very best out of springtime, when all of its plants, flowers and foliage suddenly burst into full and vivid lushness and color. Over at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you could hit up the Dogwood Arts Festival, epitomizing everything that is great about the spring. From roaming miles of trails in search of gorgeous wildflowers to enjoying outdoor concerts in the fresh air, this is ground zero for what makes Tennessee’s spring so great.
Summertime in Tennessee
The state of Tennessee is studded with exceptional summertime activities and attractions. Families are sure to have a great time at the state’s many water parks with Dollywood, Dollywood’s Splash Country and Nashville Shores undoubtedly the most popular options. You don’t have to limit yourself to amusement parks, though - there’s plenty of splashing and frolicking to be done in the state’s lakes, rivers and waterfalls.
Getting wet isn’t the only way to have a blast in Tennessee during the summer. Educational opportunities abound that are best experienced during the warm, temperate summer months. Check out one of the many Civil War battlefields, like Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park, provide topnotch opportunities for learning more about the state’s involvement in the war between the states. In Memphis, stop by Elmwood Cemetery to see the final resting places of some of the state’s most illustrious historical figures. And of course, no trip to Memphis would be complete without a visit to Elvis Presley’s Graceland - especially in the summer, when it truly shines!
Fall in Tennessee
The back roads of Tennessee come alive in a cacophony of colors once fall gets into full swing. The best way to experience this amazing show is by jumping in the car and hitting the road. Whether you’re in the north, south, east or west portion of the state, you’re sure to be mesmerized by the reds, golds, yellows and browns that create some truly majestic backdrops. There’s simply nothing quite like Tennessee in the fall, so be sure to plot a course or two on some of the state’s scenic byways for a very special treat.
Winter in Tennessee
During the winter months, you can slip on a pair of skis and hit the slops - or the trails - with ease. One of the best ski resorts can be found in the Gatlinburg area. Indeed, the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park - which is located in the Smoky Mountains - presents excellent opportunities for skiers of all skill levels. Shushing along in the lovely chill of a wintry afternoon in Tennessee is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.