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.

10 THINGS TO DO IN TENNESSEE (MAY 26 - JUNE 04)

Synchronous Fireflies

Synchronous Fireflies

late May–mid-June • nature

The symphony of light in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tail of the Dragon Road at Deals Gap

Tail of the Dragon Road at Deals Gap

April–October • activity

An extremely curvy drive between North Carolina and Tennessee, excellent for motorcycles and sport cars

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

Waterfalls

Waterfalls

March–November • nature

Plan yourself a beautiful weekend getaway at one of Tennessee's most beguiling waterfalls

Cumberland Falls

Cumberland Falls

all year round (during full moon phases) • nature

One of the few sites in the Western Hemisphere where one can witness a moonbow

Machine Falls

Machine Falls

all year round • nature

Beautiful waterfall is just a one-hour drive from Nashville

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

Little River Road

Little River Road

June | October (all year round) • activity

A scenic ride in the Great Smokie Mountains

Burgess Falls

Burgess Falls

year round (best time: March–November)  • nature

Enjoy the leisurely hike near one of the most beautiful state's waterfall

24 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Kingsport Fun Fest

Kingsport Fun Fest

unconfirmedJuly 2021 • event

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

National Cornbread Festival

National Cornbread Festival

out of rangeApril 24–25, 2021 • event

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

Tennessee State Fair

Tennessee State Fair

out of rangeSeptember 10–19, 2021 • event

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

4th of July Celebration & Fireworks in Nashville

4th of July Celebration & Fireworks in Nashville

out of rangeJuly 04 (online) • event

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

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

out of rangeSeptember 2–5, 2021 • 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

out of rangeOctober 02–04, 2020 (virtual event) • event

Celebrate an ancient tradition of storytelling

Dancing Lights of Christmas

Dancing Lights of Christmas

out of rangeNovember 13, 2020–January 3, 2021 • event

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

Smoky Mountains Winterfest

Smoky Mountains Winterfest

out of rangeNovember 13, 2020–February 15, 2021 • event

Visit cozy mountain towns nestled near the Smokies to explore the twinkling winter wonderland

Nashville Greek Festival

Nashville Greek Festival

out of rangeSeptember 10–12, 2021 • event

Three days of delicious food and lively music and dancing

New Year's Eve in Chattanooga

New Year's Eve in Chattanooga

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Ring in the New Year in style at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

out of rangemid-November–early January • event

Get into the Christmas spirit when festive holiday decorations illuminate Nashville

New Year's Eve in Nashville

New Year's Eve in Nashville

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

A fantastic place to party and ring in the New Year

Elvis Week

Elvis Week

out of rangeAugust 11–17, 2021 • event

An annual celebration of the music and legacy of Elvis Presley

Christmas Lights and 
Events in Chattanooga

Christmas Lights and Events in Chattanooga

out of rangemid-November–mid-January  • event

Immerse yourself in a wonderland of dazzling lights in Southeastern Tennessee

Sandhill Crane Migration

Sandhill Crane Migration

out of rangemid-October–February | best January • nature

Thousands of sandhill cranes spend winter in Tennessee

Tennessee Fall Colors

Tennessee Fall Colors

out of rangelate 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

out of rangeall year round (best July 4) • food

True authentic Nashville dish that brings tears of joy

Winter Carnival of Magic

Winter Carnival of Magic

out of rangeMarch 10–12, 2022 • event

Immerse yourself into the world of illusion in the heart of the Smoky Mountains

New Year's Eve in Memphis

New Year's Eve in Memphis

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Celebrate New Year's arrival with some serious Rock'n'Roll

Wilson County Fair

Wilson County Fair

out of rangeAugust 12–21, 2021 • event

The largest fair in Tennessee offers plenty of entertainment

Christmas Lights in and near Memphis, TN

Christmas Lights in and near Memphis, TN

out of rangelate November–early January • event

Discover iconic Memphis attractions alight with holiday cheer

New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

out of rangeDecember 31  • event

The biggest party of the year in the Great Smoky Mountains

Chinese New Year in Nashville

Chinese New Year in Nashville

out of rangeFebruary 6, 2021 | February 13, 2021 (online) • event

Lion dances and traditional food—Nashville knows how to celebrate the new lunar year in style!

Hummingbird Migration

Hummingbird Migration

out of rangelate March–mid-May | early July–October • nature

Behold the world's most adorable wee birds throughout Tennessee

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