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A honeymoon in Tennessee is a dream, even if it isn’t well-known as a honeymoon destination. Sunrises over misty mountain peaks, rocking live music and rooftop bars in Nashville, incredible BBQ in Memphis…and truly the list goes on.
Tennessee has it all for a US honeymoon destination: adventure, relaxation, and all the romance. Whether you are searching for a Gatlinburg honeymoon or a honeymoon in Nashville, TN, we’ve got you covered on all the ultimate destinations for a Tennessee honeymoon.
Honeymoon Ideas in Tennessee
First and foremost when it comes to planning a honeymoon in Tennessee, you’ve got to figure out where you’d like to go, how long you can get away for, and what you’d like to do.
Are you searching for adventure? Relaxation? Romantic Tennessee honeymoon cabins? A combination of the aforementioned? Check out these incredible ideas on deciding where to honeymoon in Tennessee. Plus, we’ve got tips on things to do, where to stay, and how long we recommend visiting.
Here is a quick list of Tennessee honeymoon ideas! For more details, keep on reading!
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area
- Nashville Honeymoon
- Memphis Honeymoon
- Chattanooga Honeymoon
- Knoxville Honeymoon
Honeymoon in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
This is easily the most famous when it comes to honeymoon destinations in Tennessee. There are ample romantic honeymoon cabins in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, plenty of places to enjoy a great adventurous hike, and so many beautiful spots to escape in the Great Smoky Mountains to witness cascading waterfalls, dreamy mountain peaks, and wildlife.
Plus, if you opt to stay in a romantic cabin in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, you’ll be in for a treat complete with beautiful nature scenery outdoors, a cozy fireplace, and even a hot tub. There is nothing more romantic than watching a sunset from a hot tub in a hidden cabin! It is truly a romantic national park honeymoon spot!
What To Do During a Gatlinburg Honeymoon or Pigeon Forge Honeymoon:
While you could spend the entire time in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, I highly recommend spending a majority of the time exploring the Smokies themselves. Here are the top things to do for a Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, or Gatlinburg honeymoon including the Smokies:
- Go on incredible hikes around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (these are the top 10 hikes including a hidden waterfall and fantastic mountain tops!)
- Drive Cades Cove to spot wildlife and historical sights
- Have a playful day at Dollywood
- Ride above the mountains at Gatlinburg Skylift Park
- Get adventurous with ziplining with Smoky Mountain Ziplines
- Sip wine at Smoky Mountain Winery, Mountain Valley Winery, or Sugarland Cellars
- Go on a distillery tour for moonshine at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, Sugarlands Distilling Company, Doc Collier Distillery, or Old Forge Distillery
- Enjoy a cold beer at Gatlinburg Brewing Company or Smoky Mountain Brewing Company
- Catch your own dinner and have a chef prepare it for you at Tuckaleechee Trout Farm and Restaurant
- Enjoy delicious local food at The Local Goat and The Old Mill Restaurant
- Admire the fall foliage in the month of October
Where to Stay:
There are SO many options for where to stay and what kind of accommodation you should stay in during your honeymoon. However, when it comes to where to stay, hands-down Gatlinburg is the best place to base yourself as it is closest to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Then, Pigeon Forge is next, and lastly is Sevierville, which is a bit further away, meaning you’ll have to spend more time driving into the park itself. However, Sevierville is great if you are on a budget, because it is further out.
As far as where to stay, there are plenty of hotels, cabin rentals, camping options, and more around the area.
Luckily, many romantic cabins in the Great Smoky Mountains can be found on VRBO, which is much easier than searching cabin websites. Here are links to check out VRBO in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville:
If you are on a budget, then camping is an option. I recommend Cades Cove Campground or Cosby Campground as they are close to some incredible scenery and hikes. Cosby Campground is only $17.50 per night and Cades Cove is $25 per night.
If you’d prefer to stay at the only lodge in the park, a hike up to Mt LeConte Lodge is a must and an overnight or two is super romantic for gorgeous mountain sunrises and sunsets. The price is $162 per person, per night and includes breakfast and dinner.
Lastly, if you’d prefer the traditional route of booking a hotel, here are some great hotels in the area based on budget:
Just outside the downtown area of Gatlinburg, you’re within walking distance to Gatlinburg Brewing Company and many bars and restaurants. This is only about $100 per night.
Mid-Range: Greystone Lodge on the River
Located on the Little Pigeon River, many rooms have great views of the river with large balconies! Prices start around $150 per night.
Luxury: Berry Springs Lodge
This lodge is a lovely bed and breakfast just outside of Pigeon Forge. It has sweeping views of the mountains as well as quaint and romantic rooms. Rooms go for around $225 per night.
Ideal Trip Length:
If you only have time for a long weekend getaway, a few days in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will suffice. That is plenty of time to see some of the best hikes in the Smokies, and explore a couple of the places in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge!
However, to get to see and do almost everything, 5-7 days is the perfect amount of time to enjoy a romantic honeymoon in Gatlinburg, TN, explore the sights of the cities, and go on several hikes around the Smokies.
Check out our guide all about when to visit the Smokies!
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area Honeymoon in Tennessee
Located in northeast Tennessee, if you want to add this hidden gem to your Gatlinburg honeymoon itinerary, or if you’d prefer to skip the Smokies in favor of a more off-the-beaten path destination, then Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is perfect as a great honeymoon spot in Tennessee.
With lovely gorges and valleys and plenty of wildflowers and wildlife, you’ll wonder why this place is so empty compared to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you want to get away from crowds and enjoy a rustic honeymoon of adventure and cozy accommodations, then Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is for you.
What To Do:
- Hiking! This is the most popular thing to do in the park, and some scenic hikes to take include Angel Falls Overlook, Twin Arches Upper and Lower Loops, Catawba Overlook, Middle Creek Loop, and more!
- Go horseback riding. With over 212 miles of horse trails at Big South Fork, it is no wonder why it is a popular activity and a lot of fun to experience together.
- Rock climbing is perfect for the adventurous.
- Get out in the river and go whitewater rafting. Again, not for the faint of heart, but there are rapids to paddle on depending on your skill level and preference.
- Pop over to Kentucky to see Cumberland Falls!
Where to Stay:
The fantastic thing about Big South Fork is that the lodging is pretty affordable all over. As such, here a few options to choose from when planning your Big South Fork honeymoon:
Big South Fork Lodge and Campground: Newly renovated and located at the Cumberland Valley Trailhead, you are right next to Big South Fork. They have the lodge as well as campground depending on your preferences. Prices start at $95 per night.
Read reviews on TripAdvisor!
There is also the option of a great rental like this cozy cabin in the woods for about $115 per night.
There are also a few campgrounds in the area like Brandy Creek Campground (starting at $25 per night) or Big Fork Campground (starting at $22 per night).
Ideal Trip Length:
As this is a pretty small area, 2-3 days is the perfect amount of time to see and do a lot in and around Big South Fork. If you wanted to combine this with a trip to Gatlinburg and the Smokies, this would be a great week-long honeymoon!
Nashville Honeymoon Ideas
While Nashville is well-known as a bachelorette party destination, it is also a fabulous spot to enjoy some post-wedded bliss with your love! Located near central Tennessee, this place is perfect for dancing to live country music at a Honky Tonk bar, feasting on BBQ or Nashville hot chicken, and sipping a cocktail at one of many upscale bars around the city.
What to do:
- Wander Broadway and enjoy the live music playing literally everywhere! But check out Tootsie’s, Nashville Crossroads, The Stage, and AJ’s Good Time Bar.
- See a show at the Grand Ole Opry
- Take a Nashville food tour
- Party it up on a Tractor Pull around town!
- Visit the Nashville Farmers Market for fresh veggies and incredible food stands
- Explore the Country Music Hall of Fame
- Feel like you’re in Greece at the Nashville Parthenon
- Explore the city’s best cocktails at places like the Red Phone Booth speakeasy, The Fox Bar & Cocktail Club, and Chopper.
Where to Stay:
There are plenty of great VRBO options around the city to check out if you’d prefer that! But if you’d prefer to stay in a hotel, these options are perfect for a Nashville honeymoon:
The quality of Hyatt with the charms of downtown Nashville! It isn’t far from the famed Broadway and has beautifully decorated rooms and lots of space. Prices start at $175 per night.
Mid-Range: Cambria Hotel Nashville Downtown
Within minutes of Broadway, you’ll be close enough to enjoy the fun without all the noise. Plus there is an outdoor pool to enjoy and music-themed rooms. Prices start at $250 per night.
Luxury: The Germantown Inn
This charming boutique hotel is located in downtown Nashville and has 10 rooms, draws inspiration from former presidents, and has the most perfect outdoor sitting area that is ideal after a day exploring the town. Prices start at $330 per night.
Ideal Trip Length:
While you certainly can explore Nashville for weeks on end, a long weekend honeymoon in Nashville, TN is plenty of time to explore the gems of this city. 3-4 days is the right amount of time to aim for in Music City!
Honeymoon in Memphis, Tennessee
Located on the southwest corner of Tennessee and bordering Arkansas and Mississippi, Memphis is for blues lovers, history buffs, BBQ fanatics, and Elvis aficionados. If this fits the bill for you, then a honeymoon in Memphis is one of the best honeymoon places in Tennessee!
Enjoy the history, music, and scenery in this iconic Tennessee city.
What to do:
- Sun Studio tour is a must for music lovers! This was Sam Philips’s record label, the man who produced music icons like Johnny Cash and Elvis.
- The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel is where to learn about civil rights history from the civil rights movement and into modern times. This was where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and is the spot to pay tribute to his efforts and educate yourself on the civil rights movement.
- Enjoy the live blues music on Beale Street at B.B. King’s Blues Club, Itta Bena, and more!
- Visit the Memphis Pyramid and realize that it is a Bass Pro Shop
- Watch the adorable Peabody ducks at the Peabody hotel
- Eat all the BBQ at Central BBQ, Corky’s Ribs & BBQ, and many more.
- Of course, go visit Graceland
Where to Stay:
Check out some great VRBOs for budget options for a Memphis Tennessee honeymoon! If you’d prefer a hotel, here are a few based on budgets:
Only about 20 minutes from downtown Memphis, this hotel is perfect for budget honeymooners who want to explore the charms of Memphis and stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Rooms start at around $100 per night.
Mid-Range: The Guesthouse at Graceland
Just 15 minutes from downtown and for Elvis lovers, this is the perfect place to stay! This is steps away from the mansion and has incredibly designed rooms, a stunning swimming pool, and great restaurants at the hotel. Prices start around $150 per night.
Luxury: Peabody Hotel
Located within walking distance of Beale street, this historic luxury hotel is the perfect place to honeymoon in Memphis! The Peabody ducks who march to the fountain each morning are a delight to see, you can relax and pamper yourselves at the spa, and the rooms have a simple elegance. Prices start around $245 per night.
Ideal Trip Length:
Again, as a city, you could spend as much time as possible and not see everything. However, for a good feel of the city, 3-4 days is perfect!
Honeymoon in Chattanooga, Tennessee
A Chattanooga honeymoon is the best of both worlds: adventure and city charm. Peruse through the city’s art district, visit a farmers market, and then discover caves, caverns, and lookout points!
A honeymoon in Chattanooga is a great addition to any Tennessee honeymoon itinerary!
Chattanooga Tennessee Honeymoon Ideas:
- Taste some whiskey at the Chattanooga Distillery
- Explore the Arts District
- Visit the enchanting Ruby Falls- it’s a waterfall inside a cave!
- Walk across Walnut Street Bridge
- Hike inside Racoon Mountain Caverns
- Visit the Chattanooga Market for tasty treats and arts and crafts
- Watch a sunset or sunrise at Lookout Mountain
- Sunset cruise on Southern Belle Riverboat
- Visit the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
Where to Stay:
Aside from VRBOs in Chattanooga, here are great hotels to check out!
Budget: District 3 Hotel
Located further south but within a short drive to Chattanooga’s main attractions, this clean and comfortable hotel is a great budget option. Prices start at $80 per night.
Mid-Range: Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga Downtown
Located downtown and close to the riverfront, the views at this hotel are fabulous! Prices start at $160 per night.
Luxury: The Edwin Hotel
Located on the waterfront, the bright and airy rooms serve up ideal views, the lobby is positively charming, and the rooftop pool cannot be beat. Prices start around $260 per night.
Ideal Trip Length:
4-5 days is the perfect amount of time to spend on a Chattanooga honeymoon, especially if you want to see a good mix of nature and city.
Honeymoon in Knoxville, Tennessee
Beautiful homes, great eateries, and close proximity to the outdoors make Knoxville a fantastic Tennessee honeymoon destination. Music, art, adventure, and stunning mountain scenery blend up to make this an ideal honeymoon spot.
What to do:
- Explore Baker’s Creek Preserve
- See a show at the stunningly beautiful Tennessee Theatre
- Explore the Market Square area and enjoy tasty restaurants, bars, and many events happening year-round.
- Visit historic homes like James White’s Fort, Blount Mansion, Historic Westwood, and Marble Springs State Historic Site.
- Stand up paddleboard on the river
- Sip beers on an exciting brewery tour
Where to Stay:
Check out these awesome Knoxville VRBOs or these incredible hotels:
Mid-Range: Residence Inn by Marriott Knoxville Downtown
With apartment-style suites and great outdoor seating areas, this hotel has all of the amenities you want for a Tennessee honeymoon. Prices start at $150 per night.
Mid-Range: Graduate Knoxville
Located near UT’s campus, this hotel is bright, colorful, and reflects the area it’s in. Enjoy a drink at the Saloon 16 Bar at the hotel before getting a great night’s rest in one of their charming home-like rooms. Prices start at $150 per night.
Luxury: The Tennessean Hotel
From the elegant bar and lounge to the incredible rooms with stunning floor-to-ceiling views, this place has fantastic attention to detail that we can all enjoy. Prices start at $200 per night.
Ideal Trip Length:
You could spend 2-3 days here to get a great picture of the city. Also, as it is so close to both Big South Fork and the Smoky Mountains, you could combine them into one big Tennessee honeymoon itinerary between 7-10 days!
When to Visit For a Honeymoon in Tennessee
A honeymoon in Tennessee is perfect anytime of year, but some times are busier than others.
Winter is pretty calm and quiet in a lot of places, especially in the Smokies and Big South Fork. Some trails may even be closed during the winter months. However, you’ll find incredible deals this time of year on hotels.
Spring and Fall are ideal for outdoor activities and to beat the heat and see wildflowers in the spring or witness fall foliage in the autumn months. For cities, these are also fantastic times of year to visit, as summers in Tennessee can be quite hot. However, there will be crowds in some places.
Summer will bring in the most crowds and it is the hottest time of year. If you plan to go hiking, it is best to start early in the morning, and expect hotel and cabin prices to increase this time of year.
Budget for a Honeymoon in Tennessee
A budget for a Tennessee honeymoon greatly depends on when, where, and how long you plan to go. Most hotels are right around $100-200 per night, and activities are fairly inexpensive. Expect to spend about $50-100 per day on food and drinks for the two of you, depending on your preferences.
And gas is something to factor in your budget, as many cities and hiking paths require a car to reach them. You also will need to rent a car if you’re flying to Tennessee because of this.
On our last trip to Tennessee, we spent around $700 for 4 days in the Smokies including our cabin rental, food and drinks, and gas. Hiking is free.
For bigger cities like Nashville, I’d expect to spend about $100 per day or more on eating and drinking as a huge attraction is partying at Honky Tonk or blues bars. Expect to spend about $200-300 per day including lodging, food, and activities in a big city like Nashville for the two of you.
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