From Memphis to Nashville to Chattanooga to Knoxville and all points in between, Tennessee delivers a powerful punch to the RVer. Southern charm, warm hospitality, and abundant activities make crossing the state a pleasant journey.
Start your trek across the state in Memphis and check out Graceland, the home and final resting place of Elvis Presley, the king of Rock ‘n Roll. Afterward, visit Beale Street Historic District and immerse yourself in the history of the blues as well as of the city. Arrive at the famous Peabody Hotel to see the parade of the ducks, which are housed on the top floor and make scheduled appearances at the lobby fountain twice a day. See the National Civil Rights Museum and the Lorraine Civil Rights Museum, where the Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, was assassinated. See the room in which he was staying and the balcony on which he was standing.
Campgrounds abound in and around this exciting city, so it is quite common to see motorhomes. Some of the most beautiful places to investigate are in and around Memphis. Shelby Farms Park is an eight-mile loop with three intersecting trails for jogging, biking and walking. Overton Park, a State Natural Area, is home to 350 flowering plants and its forest dates back thousands of years.
As much as you will hate to leave this electrifying haven, when it is time to move on, head northeast and look for country roads along the way to explore. Check out Casey Jones Village in Jackson, where you will find the historic Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum, Old Country Store Restaurant, an ice cream parlor, and other sites too numerous to list. Then continue east toward Camden to Birdsong Trails Stables for an equestrian experience through the rolling hills. Included in the price is entertaining conversations with the locals over home-cooked meals.
Once you arrive in Nashville, park your motorhome at one of the many sites and kick off your visit with a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame or visit the Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the one in Greece. Antique stores and boutiques throughout the area showcase the work of many local talents. The natural beauty of Radnor Lake invites you on a strenuous hike to the summit. Your Class A motorhome or Class C motorhome is the perfect place to which to return each day after day-tripping or participating in a closer activity.
From Nashville, head southeast toward Chattanooga for natural wonders and family fun. See the “Grand Canyon of Tennessee,” and trawl for different species of fish. Near Nickajack Cave, the bountiful, endangered gray bats come out of their cave and blacken the skies between April and October. Park your gas RV or diesel RV right at the shoreline at Shellmound RV Campground or continue to Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, which the American Indians used two thousand years ago.
Once you reach Chattanooga, the “must-sees” grow even greater: Lookout Mountain for incredible natural beauty; Ruby Falls to explore caves, waterfalls, and caverns; Chattanooga River Walk; and Chattanooga Zoo. Biking, Segway tours, theater, and the Chattanooga Choo- Choo give you a real sense of the city.
The Class A toy hauler will transport whatever supplies you want to bring, or if you require less, and want to condense, the RUV (recreational utility vehicle) is a practical alternative.