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Here at Platinum Travel we specialize in fly drive holidays and have a range of amazing itineraries for you to browse through. In addition to this, we know every trip is unique to every traveler so we can fine tune and tailor-make the itinerary and route to suit your needs!
 
Where do you go for a generous helping of music, history, culture, sports and the Great Outdoors? Down South, of course! The lovely people of Tennessee are always waiting for you and you are always only a song away from incredible natural wonders and exciting adventures for music fans, petrol heads, beach bunnies, history buffs, experienced travelers and families great and small in all seasons. Tennessee is where America keeps its heart and soul.
 
Of course, if you don't want to drive, we have some exciting escorted tours to choose from and somebody else can do the driving!
 
Stuck for time? Why not take a city break for a few days and experience some of the vibrant cities 

No matter whether you are looking for relaxation, great music, outdoor adventure or some history lesson, the southeastern state of Tennessee has got it all.

Popular as the ‘Soundtrack of America’, Tennessee is home to many things famous. It is home to great music and some of the popular music artists like Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Jack Daniels, the leading whiskey manufacturer, is based in Tennessee with 30 distilleries! Tennessee is also known for its history, natural abundance and soulful food. This state has so much in store for every kind of traveller.

Music is often synonymous with Tennessee, which has been the ground zero for the birth and evolution of America’s music. Rock n roll infused with Nashville country tunes and all things in between. Visit Elvis Presley’s Graceland or the Country Music Hall of Fame to get a taste of Tennessee’s colourful musical history.

If you are into adventure, explore and trek along Great Smoky Mountain or visit the Outdoor Garvity Park. Wander off to Dolly Parton’s theme park, Dollywood and try the famous Jack and Coek at any of the local bars. To intrigue the history buff in you, visit the National Civil Rights Museum and Chattanooga.

Taste the true southeastern experience on your next holiday to Tennessee with Platinum Travel. Choose from our collection of fly drives in USA, designed to help travellers explore the best of Tennessee.

Looking for something else? Our team can provide tailor-made and bespoke packages catering to your requirements and travel plans.

Please click on links below for some fantastic Tennessee experiences that we suggest.
 

Fly Drive Holidays featuring Tennessee 

Tennessee by Motorhome

Tennessee State Itinerary

Nashville Trace Trail

Tennessee Music Trail

Tennessee Civil War Trail

Tennessee Proud Mary Trail

 


Tennessee USA City Breaks

Nashville (Tennessee)

Memphis (Tennessee) 

 Escorted Tours featuring Tennessee 

We can organise escorted tours for all itineraries and budgets. Please ask us for more details


Tennessee Whiskey Trail

The Tennessee Whiskey Trail is a collaborative effort put together by over thirty Tennessee distillers with the ultimate goal being to promote whiskey tourism in Tennessee. You can use this website to help craft your own adventure and itinerary to ensure you include some of the distilleries, all the while enjoying everything the great State of Tennessee has to offer.

Complete List of All Distilleries on the TN Whiskey Trail


 

Tennessee Highlights

Tennessee, known for its rich musical heritage, stunning natural beauty, and vibrant culture, offers a wide range of attractions for travelers:

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Explore America's most visited national park, renowned for its lush forests, diverse wildlife, and scenic hiking trails.
  2. Nashville: The capital is a music lover's paradise, with iconic venues like the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Don't miss the lively honky-tonk bars on Broadway.
  3. Memphis: Immerse yourself in the birthplace of blues and rock 'n' roll. Visit Graceland, Sun Studio, and Beale Street for a taste of musical history.
  4. Chattanooga: Discover outdoor adventures like rock climbing, hiking, and water sports around the Tennessee River. Ride the Incline Railway and visit the Tennessee Aquarium.
  5. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge: Experience family-friendly attractions like Dollywood, Ripley's Aquarium, and the scenic SkyBridge in the heart of the Smokies.
  6. Civil War Sites: Tennessee played a significant role in the Civil War. Visit historic sites like Shiloh National Military Park and the Battle of Franklin Trust.
  7. Jack Daniel's Distillery: Take a tour of this iconic whiskey distillery in Lynchburg, and learn about the art of Tennessee whiskey-making.
  8. Natchez Trace Parkway: Drive or bike along this historic route, dotted with beautiful scenery, hiking trails, and Native American heritage sites.
  9. Grains & Grits Trail: Explore the state's craft distilleries and breweries on this beverage-focused trail.
  10. Tennessee River Valley: Enjoy water-based activities like boating, fishing, and camping along the picturesque Tennessee River.

Tennessee's diverse offerings cater to history buffs, music enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, and foodies alike. With its warm Southern hospitality, the state invites visitors to experience its unique blend of culture and natural wonders.

Getting to Tennessee

Getting to Tennessee from Ireland involves international travel, and the most common way is by air. Here are the steps to reach Tennessee:

  1. Book a Flight: Start by contacting Platinum Travel and book a flight from Dublin Airport (DUB) or Shannon Airport (SNN) to one of the major international airports in the United States. Nashville International Airport (BNA) and Memphis International Airport (MEM) are the primary gateways to Tennessee.
  2. Choose a Layover: Most flights from Ireland to Tennessee will have at least one layover, often in major hubs like New York (JFK or EWR), Atlanta (ATL), or Chicago (ORD). Ensure you have adequate time between connecting flights.
  3. Clear U.S. Customs: During your layover in the U.S., you will go through customs and immigration. Be prepared to show your passport, visa (if required), and complete customs declaration forms.
  4. Continue to Tennessee: After clearing customs, catch your connecting flight to Nashville or Memphis, depending on your destination in Tennessee.
  5. Arrival: Once you arrive in Tennessee, collect your luggage, go through any additional security checks, and proceed to ground transportation options like rental cars, taxis, or airport shuttles to reach your final destination in the state.

It's essential to check visa requirements, travel restrictions, and COVID-19 protocols, as they can change. Additionally, consider booking your flights well in advance and comparing prices from various airlines to find the most convenient and cost-effective options for your trip from Ireland to Tennessee.

Getting Around Tennessee

Tennessee offers several convenient ways to get around and explore its diverse landscapes and vibrant cities:

  1. Car: Renting a car is a popular option, especially if you plan to explore multiple cities or visit rural areas. Tennessee has well-maintained highways and scenic byways, making it easy to drive around. Just be prepared for some winding mountain roads in places like the Great Smoky Mountains.
  2. Public Transit: In cities like Nashville and Memphis, you can rely on buses, trolleys, and commuter rail services for urban transportation. Nashville, for instance, has the Music City Star commuter train.
  3. Walking and Biking: Many Tennessee cities, especially downtown areas, are pedestrian-friendly with sidewalks and bike lanes. Nashville's Greenway system and Memphis's Shelby Farms Greenline offer excellent biking and walking paths.
  4. Taxis and Ride-Sharing: Taxis and ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are readily available in major cities and can be convenient for short trips.
  5. Domestic Flights: If you're covering long distances, consider domestic flights between major airports like Nashville International Airport and Memphis International Airport.
  6. Tennessee River: In cities like Chattanooga, you can take advantage of riverboats and ferries for a unique transportation experience.
  7. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA): The TVA operates a network of public boat ramps and marinas, making water travel a viable option in areas near the Tennessee River.

Your choice of transportation depends on your itinerary and the areas you plan to visit. In cities, public transit and walking are often sufficient, while a rental car is more practical for exploring the state's rural and natural attractions.

Food

There are some great places to eat such as Arcade restaurant in Memphis which is the oldest restaurant in Memphis History - Arcade Restaurant - Memphis' Oldest CafeArcade Restaurant – Memphis' Oldest Cafe it is also famous for having Elvis eat there and has a Elvis booth.

 

For some great BBQ in Memphis head to Rendezvous The Rendezvous (hogsfly.com) or Central BBQ Central BBQ - Slow Smoked Memphis Style BBQ (eatcbq.com),

 

In Nashville head to Hattie B’s Hot Chicken HattieB.

 

In Sevierville dine at The Appalachian to try some contemporary Southern Appalachian cuisine The Appalachian | Home (theappalachianrestaurant.com)

 

Music

 

Music and kids Dollywood would be a good one to included as depending on the season they music shows - Dollywood Entertainment | Best Family Shows in the Smokies | Dollywood Parks & Resorts

 

Memphis options for kids - 12 Things to Do on Beale Street if You’re Underage | Memphis Travel

 

For Eastern Tennessee – Sevierville - Family Activities Near The Smoky Mountains | Visit Sevierville

 

Outdoor places – Lookout Mountain – Ruby Falls and incline railway, cruise aboard the Southern Belle Riverboat or take a tour with Chattanooga Ducks  A Week's Worth of Family Fun (visitchattanooga.com)

 

Fun things to do – Astra Lumina at Anakeetsa Astra Lumina - Enchanted Night Walk - NOW OPEN - Anakeesta, also Gem Mining and many more Play with Us | Gondola | Ziplines | Skywalk | Anakeesta

 

Overview:

Tennessee is a fantastic destination for families on holiday from Ireland, offering a diverse array of activities and attractions that cater to all ages. From the majestic Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where families can enjoy outdoor adventures and scenic beauty, to the lively cities of Nashville and Memphis, known for their rich musical heritage and family-friendly attractions like zoos, museums, and theme parks, there's something for everyone. Families can explore interactive museums, embark on riverboat cruises, and visit iconic sites like Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley. Tennessee's warm hospitality and delicious southern cuisine add to the overall experience. Whether you're interested in nature, music, history, or simply having fun, Tennessee provides a memorable vacation for families, creating lasting memories amid its diverse landscapes and vibrant cultural scene.



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