TRAVEL DESTINATIONS AND ROUTES
Spring is the perfect time to discover Eastern Tennessee, one of the best-kept travel secrets in
the country. And a little jaunt through the mountains
is always a great place to start anything. In late
March and early April, crisp mountain air and infant,
chartreuse leaves explode over-wintered senses, and
invigorate the adventurous side in everyone. And, the
Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee are on double-
So, kick start your Eastern Tennessee journey
with a tour of Bristol, TN, where the hills meet the
mountains on the Virginia line. ;en, dive in by
heading south on I- 81 toward the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park. Take a side trip, on the way,
to Johnson City, TN, for the Blue Plum Festival if you
happen to be passing through in early June.
If you plan to do more than sight-seeing while
touring the Smokies, head east to downtown
Gatlinburg, “;e Gateway to the Smokies,” to
fuel up and see the sights. Be careful though, this
unconventional and uber-popular city has a way of
keeping you for a while.
;e park is hard to leave, but once you do, head
south toward Knoxville. Jump on I- 75 to stay on a
southern track. Be sure to check out Morristown as you
head south. It’s a charming city just o; the interstate.
Dandridge, just 30 minutes south, is another great
stop for a picnic by the lake or an a;ernoon stroll
If Chattanooga is your ;nal destination, then you’ve
chosen the perfect end to your journey. Whether
you’re a civil war bu;, an outdoor enthusiast, an art
and music lover, or anything in between, Chattanooga
is a place for everyone, anytime.
Town of Gatlinburg, TN lit up at night