Unleash Your Inner Adventurer with Bucket List Experiences in Tennessee

Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 11:19am
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 19, 2023) - Looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience? Tennessee has you covered. Whether you’re looking to soar above the clouds in a hot air balloon or brave the rapids in an adrenaline-pumping white water rafting experience, Tennessee offers numerous adventures for visitors looking to check off their bucket list.

Go skydiving in West Tennessee: West Tennessee offers an exhilarating skydiving experience just 40 minutes from Memphis. Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes and rolling hills, adventurers can take the plunge into the boundless skies, reveling in the breathtaking views of the region from an entirely new perspective.

With professionally trained instructors and state-of-the-art equipment, thrill-seekers can dive into an unparalleled adrenaline rush, free-falling through the air before gently gliding back to the earth below by parachute. This one-of-a-kind opportunity promises an unforgettable experience, where participants can conquer their fears, push their boundaries, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Ride the rapids in a thrilling white water rafting trip in East Tennessee: The Ocoee River, renowned for its Olympic course, ranks among the top whitewater rivers in the US. Its 11-mile stretch transforms into a thrilling whitewater adventure, drawing over 300,000 paddlers annually.

Nestled within the Bald and Unaka Mountains, the Nolichucky River boasts a nine-mile gorge, offering a wild and thrilling setting. Considered a challenging Class III or IV river, guided trips are available for adventurers aged 12 and above.

The Upper Pigeon River, surrounded by the stunning Great Smoky Mountains, provides Class III rapids and a range of outfitter-guided excursions. For a more relaxed experience, the Lower Pigeon River offers gentle rapids, swimming spots, and scenic views, making it ideal for families and leisurely float trips.

Designated as a State Scenic River, the Hiwassee River features predominantly Class I and II rapids, with some sections reaching Class III during water releases. Outfitters offer self-guided rafting, guided fishing, and accommodation options, making it a versatile destination for a variety of outdoor activities.

Take a hot air balloon ride in Northeast Tennessee: Experience the enchanting beauty of Northeast Tennessee from a whole new perspective as you launch on a mesmerizing hot air balloon ride. Drift gently through the skies, suspended in a wicker basket, and behold the stunning vistas of the mountains, rivers and lush greenery in this beautiful region.

As the gentle breeze carries you across the landscape, you'll be treated to a breathtaking view that captures the essence of the mountains and the charm of the Tennessee countryside. Experienced pilots ensure a safe and tranquil journey, providing a unique blend of excitement and serenity perfect for all ages.

Paraglide in the Sequatchie Valley: A thrilling paragliding adventure awaits within the breathtaking Sequatchie Valley. With its stunning panoramic views, gentle rolling hills, and pristine natural beauty, the Sequatchie Valley is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable paragliding experience.

As you soar through the crisp, open air, accompanied by the rush of wind beneath the parachute, you'll be treated to an awe-inspiring vista of the valley below, with its breathtaking foliage, meandering rivers and majestic cliffs. Experienced instructors ensure a safe and exhilarating journey, guiding participants through an unforgettable flight that combines the thrill of flight with the tranquility of nature.

Stay in Suite 1986 at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort: Music icon Dolly Parton has enchanted the world with her storytelling and harmonious charm. Her personalized motorcoach, Suite 1986 at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, offers an immersive journey into her life on the road from 2008 to 2022. Adorned with lavish decor and personal touches, the suite reflects her vibrant spirit and creative energy, providing a unique stay experience.

Acquired by the resort in March 2022, the bus was transformed into Suite 1986, offering exclusive accommodations, culinary delights, and a dedicated concierge service. Stepping onto Suite 1986 is an invitation to share in the extraordinary essence of Dolly Parton’s journey, a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list opportunity to marvel in the world of an icon whose heart beats to the rhythm of the open road.

Watch the synchronous fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Each June, in the protected canopy of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a natural phenomenon occurs in East Tennessee. During a two-week window, thousands of fireflies blink in synchronized fashion near the Elkmont campground. The flashing is a mating ritual unique to this species of fireflies. Unique to the Smokies and Thailand, very few people were aware of the event before the 1990's. Today, this amazing show of simultaneous bioluminescence continues to bring visitors to the Smokies year after year.

  • Good to know: Due to high demand, a lottery system is used to determine firefly viewing opportunities. Check www.recreation.gov to enter the lottery as June approaches.

Take a VIP backstage tour at the Grand Ole Opry: Experience the Opry like a star when you’re backstage during the show! During the experience, you will enjoy a private backstage tour before the show, access to themed dressing rooms and the Opry’s storied Family room just offstage, and a warm welcome from one of the night performers. Enjoy Premium Lounge access to the Circle Room with two top-shelf drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Lastly, watch the big red curtain rise as you enjoy a seat on stage for the first half of the show. Guests must be 21+ to purchase.



Tennessee is the home of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly, and rock ‘n’ roll— delivering an unparalleled experience of beauty, history, and family adventure, infused with music that creates a vacation that is the “Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” Explore more at TNvacation.com and join other Tennessee travelers by following “TNVacation” on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, and “Tennessee” on Snapchat.

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