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Our most recommended Tennessee Day Trips

Pigeon Forge: French Broad River Helicopter Tour

1. Pigeon Forge: French Broad River Helicopter Tour

Two options allow you to choose the perfect flight: The Lake View flight extends past the French Broad River and takes you out to Douglas Lake. Douglas Lake is a 33,000 acre man-made lake with over 450 miles of shoreline. This flight will get you up to 1,500 feet in altitude, allowing you a superb view of the Great Smoky Mountains towards the south. Along the route, you will see areas of farmland and quilt-like patterns of pastures. As you get closer to Douglas Lake you will fly next to Douglas Dam. Lake view is a 6-minute flight covering 12 miles. The most popular option, Extended Lake flight, takes you even further. You will fly directly over Douglas Dam, and then proceed over the lake. In the summer take in astonishing sun-glistening views of the water and the people enjoying their time on the lake. In the winter the water level is lowered, so expect majestic views of exposed islands and coves. As well as the beautiful lake, you will see the Great Smoky Mountains towards the southwest. On this option, you climb to a slightly higher altitude than on the Lake View flight, allowing for better visibility of the National Park. Extended Lake is an 8-minute flight over 16 miles.

From Nashville: Lynchburg Jack Daniel's Distillery Tour

2. From Nashville: Lynchburg Jack Daniel's Distillery Tour

Travel from Nashville to Lynchburg, Tennessee to learn the story of Jack Daniel, his hometown, and his world-famous whiskey. The ticket includes transportation, a guaranteed reservation for the tour, with an elevated tasting of premium whiskeys at Jack Daniel Distillery, and time to enjoy shopping in small town Lynchburg. The hassle-free day will be filled with local lore, distilling history, and, of course, great whiskey.

From Memphis: Elvis Presley's Upbringing Tour

3. From Memphis: Elvis Presley's Upbringing Tour

Although Elvis Presley became the biggest name in music history and achieved worldwide fame and fortune, his roots were humble. To discover more about his upbringing, you will meet your experienced tour guide in Memphis, in front of The Guest House at Graceland. From there, hop on a luxury coach bus to begin a 1:45 hour drive towards the King's birthplace. Along the ride, enjoy Elvis Presley movies and concerts played on the TV to get you in the mood for the day ahead. When arriving at the city of Tupelo, you will visit the house Elvis Presley was born in and is now considered a historic landmark by the State of Mississippi. You will learn more about the history of the house and his childhood before heading to Elvis Presley Museum, his childhood church, the "Walk of Life" trail tracing Elvis' career and personal life, and see the "Elvis at 13" statue, the Story Wall & Fountain of Life, representing the 13 years that Elvis lived in Tupelo before moving to Memphis with his family. From there, visit the Tupelo Hardware Company to discover where the King's mother, Gladys, purchased his first guitar and put music in the hands of the boy who grew to become a musical legend. The experience in Tupelo will wrap up with a drive past some significant landmarks of the city including the Tupelo Fairgrounds, the Elvis Homecoming Statue, and schools that Elvis attended. After a fun day discovering all there is to Elvis Presley's upbringing, relax on the trip back to Memphis, where you will be dropped off at The Guest House at Graceland.

Pigeon Forge: Ridge Runner Helicopter Tour

4. Pigeon Forge: Ridge Runner Helicopter Tour

Enjoy picturesque vistas over the Smoky Mountains on this 15-minute flight dubbed the “Ridge Runner.” After taking off from the local partner’s private heliport, begin your flight over the stunning, misty Chilhowee mountain range. Feel the speed of the helicopter as you fly low over the treetops and mountains, getting a true taste of the beauty that is the American South. Gaze at historic downtown Sevierville and Pigeon Forge in the distance. Along the way, your expert guide will point out facts about the region, like the original designation of where the national park was supposed to be, as well as countless details about the flora and fauna of the region. After covering a distance of 30 miles, you’ll head back to the heliport, enriched by the one-of-a-kind, bird’s eye viewpoint of the mystic Smoky Mountains.

Memphis: Entry Ticket to the Edge Motor Museum

5. Memphis: Entry Ticket to the Edge Motor Museum

Discover the rise, boom, plateau, and fall of the American sports car as you follow trends in politics, economics, culture, and technology. See how critical moments of convergence across these four areas influenced what we now regard as archetypes of design and engineering, and use this as a context for where car design is today. Witness how, in just 30 short years, the American sports car became an icon.  Make your way through The Edge Motor Museum where the focus is on preservation over restoration. Cars can tell you something about the past, the present. and the world. They are vehicles to history, and reflections of the eras in which they were designed, built, sold, and driven. This museum is not a personal collection of cars. Each automobile is selected based on its historical and cultural significance. The aim is to educate you about not only these cars but also about what was happening during the time when they were made. America's obsession with the automobile can be traced back to the first gasoline-powered horseless carriages of the late nineteenth century. Certain cars echo certain moments in time - their styling, speed, and spirit mirroring periods of ease and unease, of peace and upheaval, of sensibility and excess. These cars are vehicles to days gone by and can remind us of our country's character at different points in time. It's no wonder we value them so highly and remember them so fondly.

From Nashville: Memphis Tour with Graceland VIP Access

6. From Nashville: Memphis Tour with Graceland VIP Access

Experience the legendary character of Memphis, Tennessee, and see why this city is mentioned in more song lyrics than any other place on earth. Located on the Mighty Mississippi River, Memphis is the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, the capitol of Blues and home to some of the best BBQ around. Celebrate 60 years of Rock ‘n’ Roll with a visit to Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland. Enjoy a VIP access pass at Graceland complete with a souvenir lanyard. You’ll see the burial site of the king of Rock ‘n’ Roll, walk through the Elvis car museum and see two deluxe airplanes that were used for tours and traveling. Next, you’re off to learn what accident set Rock ‘n’ Roll in motion at Sam Phillips’ famed Sun Studios in the heart of downtown Memphis. Take a guided tour to see what the recording process used to be like. Hear the stories of how many legends got their start here, such as Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and the King himself, Elvis Presley. See the famous Peabody ducks make their way down the red carpet from their fountain to the elevator as they head to bed at the lavish Peabody Hotel.

Amazing Nashville Scavenger Hunt Adventure

7. Amazing Nashville Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Looking for a way to turn Nashville into a giant game board? Join an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Nashville. Guided from any smartphone, groups make their way among well-known and hidden gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning about local history. The adventure begins at the Country Music Hall of Fame and will take you on a journey to some of the most iconic Nashville sights. You will then make your way up to the capitol to explore the historic sights, war memorials and some-lesser known but unique landmarks of this famous city. The tour requires approximately 2 miles of walking. Using your smartphone as your guide, start when you wish and determine your own pace. Stop midway to listen to some music or grab a quick bite… why not, it’s your schedule.  Points of interest: • Country Music Hall of Fame • Walk of Fame Stars • Schermerhorn Symphony • Capitol Building • War Memorials • Heritage Hotel • Ernest Tubb Record Shop

Pigeon Forge: Wears Valley Helicopter Tour

8. Pigeon Forge: Wears Valley Helicopter Tour

Get an amazing overview of Sevier County’s most beautiful areas on this helicopter tour. Upon departure, you will travel over historic downtown Sevierville with the Smoky Mountains National Park in the distance. Continue over the rolling foothills of the Smoky Mountains and the Pigeon Forge Parkway before getting away from civilization over Pine Mountain. As you climb in altitude, you’ll follow the terrain up to the crest of Cove Mountain at the National Park boundary line where you’ll be met with spectacular views of the Wears Valley area. Cruising along Wears Valley, travel north over the east end of Waldens Creek and the foothills of Bluff Mountain before returning over the Tennessee Valley.

Pigeon Forge: Newfound Gap and Smoky Mountains Jeep Tour

9. Pigeon Forge: Newfound Gap and Smoky Mountains Jeep Tour

Before your adrenaline charged 4x4 off-road adventure, you'll depart in an iconic, open-air Pink Jeep Wrangler from Pigeon Forge. From there, Sugarland's Visitor Center is your first stop. Learn the history of the towns along the way. Passing through a forest that mimics the boreal forests, discover how the Smokies got their name, stop for amazing photo opportunities and hear more of local geology and history. Arrive at Newfound Gap, nearly 1 mile above sea level. See part of the mighty Appalachian Trail on a short walk, see Newfound Gap’s stunning viewpoint. The return trip from Newfound Gap includes stops for more photos. You’ll see the streams that ultimately feed the Gulf of Mexico via the mighty Mississippi River. Your tour finishes with a hand-gripping, off-roading ride through a trail on private land. Your professional tour guide has been expertly trained to give you an experience unlike any other in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Pigeon Forge: Brian Hoffman's Tribute to Red Skelton

10. Pigeon Forge: Brian Hoffman's Tribute to Red Skelton

Remembering Red - A Tribute to Red Skelton is an 90 to 100 minute show that takes you back to a time when life was a little simpler. At time when family values came first and everyone sat together at the dinner table for their evening meal. Brian Hoffman will take you on a light hearted trip down memory lane with Red's greatest jokes and some of his most well known characters including those famous seagulls, Gertrude and Heathcliff, and everyone's favorite dim-witted country bumpkin, Clem Kadiddlehopper. Be prepared for lots of laughter as you watch him give you that 'Lazy Eye Look' as he impersonates Clem Kadiddlehopper proclaiming "even though he never got good grades he left school with some pretty good marks, most of them black and blue!" His non-stop antics will keep you entertained all evening.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 11 reviews

It was a great show. Brian is the epitomy of Red Skelton; he knows about his life, his likes and dislikes, his commitments, his passions. It was so funny, a clean, patriotic show. I will certainly recommend to all my friends who visit Pigeon Forge. So satisfying.

It was fun, informative and educational. Our bus driver Bob and tour guide Ashley were friendly and very knowledgeable. I was very comfortable with them and the atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone--it was a fun way to end our vacation.

Our pilot Collin was awesome! We all enjoyed the trip. We upgraded from our original purchased trip to the next longer trip but wished we would have upgraded even more.

We had a great time! The tour guides were well informed and made the trip to Lynchburg go quickly. The tour of the distillery was interesting and informative.

If you have the opportunity to fly with Jeff it’s definitely going to be a great flight! He was amazing!