Best time to visit Tennessee

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Best time of year to visit Tennessee

Even though you can visit the state at any time, the best time to visit Tennessee depends on what the goal of your vacation is. March through May and September through November are considered to be the most pleasant months with balmy days, cool nights, and a reasonable level of humidity. Nothing beats glancing at blooming flowers in spring and enjoying spectacular foliage in fall. Views from Clingman's Dome are amazing throughout both of these seasons. The time between June and August is considered to be the busiest. Escape the heat and choose Fall Creek Falls and Machine Falls to cool down a little and relax. Tourist flow subsides by the time winter approaches—high time to hit the Little River Road to explore the Smokies at their best.

7 THINGS TO DO IN TENNESSEE (MAY 23 - JUNE 01)

Synchronous Fireflies

Synchronous Fireflies

late May–mid-June • nature

The symphony of light in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Tail of the Dragon (Deals Gap)

The Tail of the Dragon (Deals Gap)

April–October • activity

An extremely curvy road between North Carolina and Tennessee

Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway

April–May | September–October • activity

One of the most scenic roads in the United States with an ancient history

Machine Falls

Machine Falls

all year round • nature

Beautiful waterfall is just a one-hour drive from Nashville

Little River Road

Little River Road

June | October (all year round) • activity

A scenic ride in the Great Smokie Mountains

Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome

April–November • activity

Drive up to the highest point in the Smokies

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park

all year round • activity

The most-visited state park in Tennessee offers 56 miles (90 km) of hiking trails

12 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

September 24–27, 2020 • event

A "green" festival that stages both famous and yet to be established talents and draws fans from the entire globe to the area as big as 375 football fields—it is the unique Bonnaroo

National Storytelling Festival

National Storytelling Festival

October 02–04, 2020 (virtual event) • event

Celebrate an ancient tradition of storytelling

Tennessee State Fair

Tennessee State Fair

September 10–19, 2021 • event

Ice-cream-eating contests, corn hole, karaoke and fun for the whole family is guaranteed

National Cornbread Festival

National Cornbread Festival

April 24–25, 2021 • event

The annual celebration of cornbread and Southern food traditions in South Pittsburg

Dancing Lights of Christmas

Dancing Lights of Christmas

November 13, 2020–January 3, 2021 • event

Middle Tennessee’s only synchronized light and music show for the holiday mood

Nashville Greek Festival

Nashville Greek Festival

canceled in 2020 • event

Three days of delicious food and lively music and dancing

Elvis Week

Elvis Week

August 08–16, 2020 • event

An annual celebration of the music and legacy of Elvis Presley

Kingsport Fun Fest

Kingsport Fun Fest

July 10–18, 2020 • event

The most popular music, art, and hot air balloon event in Tennessee

4th of July Celebration & Fireworks in Nashville

4th of July Celebration & Fireworks in Nashville

July 04 (online) • event

The whole city enjoys Independence Day festivities, music, and sports

Tennessee Fall Colors

Tennessee Fall Colors

late September–early November • nature

Turn on "Rocky Top" and head to the Smoky Mountains to get your fill of fall color

Nashville Hot Chicken

Nashville Hot Chicken

all year round (best July 4) • food

True authentic Nashville dish that brings tears of joy

Wilson County Fair

Wilson County Fair

August 13–22, 2020 • event

The largest fair in Tennessee offers plenty of entertainment

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