Located in between Mississippi River and the Appalachian Mountains, Tennessee is a rectangular swath of land that can boast of having rolling hills and mountain peaks, hiking trails and swimming holes. In short, the state is a dream for summer travelers. Tennessee is home to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, which preserves the Smoky Mountains, covered by oak tress that keep hikers cool in the heat. While Memphis is a destination to Elvis’s most devoted fans, Pigeon Forge is mile 0 for outdoor enthusiasts visiting the state, as it serves as a gateway to the park. Blue-gray peaks beckon any adventurer who arrives in Eastern Tennessee looking to enjoy hikes, bikes, or climbs in the spectacular environs. To the north, the Cherokee National Forest is Tennessee’s largest tract of public land, with 14 designated recreation zones on which visitors can enjoy every outdoor activity imaginable. Lovers of scenic overlooks and rafting should check out our list of accommodations in Tennessee to plan the perfect summer getaway.