Tennessee, known for it’s famous country music, has a lot to offer you and your traveling companion! You can find a variety of places to go, adventures to share, and delicious eats that welcome you and your four-legged traveler. From wine to waterfalls we’ve found 10 unique day trips that you need to go on this year!
1. Chattanooga Ghost Tours, Chattanooga
With their claim to fame for literally writing the book on Tennessee ghosts, this will be the scariest tour you’ll find. You can choose from taking a haunted tour with their skilled and spooky staff, or schedule your own hunt complete with all the equipment you’ll need. With real thrills and scares like that, who wouldn’t want their best friend by their side? The Chattanooga Ghost Tours are pet friendly, as long as you keep your pup leashed. After a long day of ghost hunting in Chattanooga, we think you need a Margarita or two so head over to Taco Mac and enjoy their pet friendly patio where you can share tales of your adventure.
2. Four Corners Boat Rentals, Antioch
Want to explore the beautiful waters of Tennessee, but forgot your yacht at home? Well you and your pup are in luck then! The Four Corners Yacht Club offer pet friendly boat rentals, that give you the freedom of exploring the open sea (okay, lake) with your first mate. With choices ranging from deck boat to a 30 foot pontoon boat, waterslide included, you and your pup will share an amazing adventure together. All that boating in Antioch is going to require some lunch, so stop by the Thirsty Turtle Sports Grill. Make some new friends on their pet friendly outdoor seating, maybe order one of their famous fish bowls and brag about your catch of the day out on the boat.
3. Beechraft Heritage Museum,Tullahoma
For those seeking a lesson while out exploring with their dog, what better than a trip to a museum together? Answer: A trip to an airplane museum with yearly events showcasing classic planes in action! The Beechcraft Heritage Museum also displays rare and unique drawings, photographs, and blueprints of classic planes and their construction. After all that action, swing by the also pet friendly Emil’s Bistro & Marketplace in Tullahoma and eat outside in that beautiful Tennessee sunshine.
4. Smokey Mountain River Rat,Townsend
The smokey mountains, a refreshing river, a comfy inflatable tube, and your four-legged best friend floating through the beautiful scenery.. what could beat that? River Rat's offer pet friendly tubing and rafting. Then keep the adventure going in Townsend and visit the Black Bear Cafe, have lunch on their outdoor picnic benches, placed specifically there for pet lovers to share a meal!
5. Casey Jones Village, Jackson
This little historic town offers a ton to do, with most of it being pet friendly for you and your adventure pup! From RailRoad museums, Old Country Stores, Historic homes, to Mini Golf and art studios. You and your dog can't be bored in classic Casey Jones Village in Jackson. If you want some more culture on your trip, visit Picasso Bistro & Pizzeria and enjoy their local artwork and craft pizzas on their pet friendly outdoor seating.
6. Fall Creek Falls State Park, Spencer
This State Park is pet friendly and includes several hiking trails for all level hikers, two-legged or four. With beautiful views of the falls or chances to take an exciting dip in the water, and bridge walks over the woods, Fall Creek Falls is a magical experience you wouldn't want to spend without your pup. After all your exploring in Spencer, fill up at Pig and Catch and feast on some mouth watering BBQ together.
7. BeachHaven Winery, Clarksville
This smaller vineyard and winery produces a large variety of wines, and offers free tasting daily. Dogs are allowed on the grounds, but not in the tasting rooms. There is plenty for you and your pup to do outside as Beach Haven Winery offers live entertainment weekly on their grounds with events like Jazz on the Lawn and Pickin’ on the Porch. So bring the dogs and enjoy some music while tasting spirits here in Clarksville. Afterwards travel down the road to Old Chicago, try out their world beer tour, and sit out on their patio. Enjoy their outdoor TV and the friendly staff that make sure your pup gets their own water bowl when your arrive.
8. Gatlinburg Sky Lift, Gatlinburg
Take a seat together and see beautiful Gatlinburg from the best view possible. 1,800 feet atop the Crocket Mountain you and your pup can get your picture taken on this Gatlinburg Sky Lift ride. Then keep the great views coming and enjoy lunch at the Wild Boar Saloon and eat on their pet friendly deck that overlooks the water and mountains!
9. Red River Canoe, Adams
This exciting adventure, located in the very small town of Adams will leave you and your dog with quite the story to tell. First you gather your life vests and paddles then load into the graffiti covered pet friendly bus and drive through the country of Tennessee together. Then depart on your adventure with Red River Canoe and see the haunted Bell Witch Cave, or even get out of your boat and explore together. This adventure offers many places to stop and swim along your trip as well. Take the short 10 minute drive to neighboring Clarksville and enjoy some hotdogs outside at Chi-Town Hot Dogs with your cool river dog.
10. Snowflake Farms, New Market
A pick your own farm that keeps it completely natural. No chemicals used, and all trails are maintained by hand. Snowflake Farms offers a variety of produce and crops from blackberries to chamomile and walnuts to craft ready grape vines. Just keep in mind, this farm stay completely natural so finding skunks, moles, or snakes on your visit could happen in New Market! After your day on the farm head over to Sonic in neighboring Jefferson City and share an icecream with your four-legged farmer in training.
Author: Kendre Verbeck
Kendre is a senior at Austin Peay State University studying Public Relations and Journalism. She is excited to be interning with TripsWithPets.com because it is rare to find her without her English Shepherd/Best Friend, Jack. When she isn't working, blogging, or fixing her Jeep you can find Kendre in the woods pretending to be a skilled yogi.