Tennessee Bucket List- East Region

Oh Boy! Back to my good old bucket list posts and man is this a long list! East Tennessee is the mountainous part of the state and is therefore filled with tons of tourist things to check off the Old Bucket List! I’m starting to think we should have visited Tennessee far more often back when we lived in a neighboring state!


  • Mayfield Dairy Farms: Gives you the opportunity to see how they make their ice cream


  • Main Street: When walking down Main Street you can actually be in Bristol, TN and Bristol, VA at the same time!
  • Birthplace of Country Music Museum: I’ve been a country music listener for a majority of my life, so I think this would be fun to check out.
  • Bristol Motor Speedway: A must see for any NASCAR fan (not that I am, but still would be fun to see)


  • Cove Lake State Park: This park is supposed to have pinnacle rocks with a nice view


  • Ruby Falls: This is America’s tallest and deepest underground waterfall
  • Songbirds Guitar Museum: Andrew is an avid guitar player, so I figured he’d want to check this out.
  • Tennessee Aquarium: I’ve heard lots of positive things about this aquarium and never turn down a chance to see animals


  • Bush’s Best Visitor Center: While not a fan of baked beans myself…who doesn’t love these good old commercials with Duke? I think this would be a worthwhile stop.


  • Anakeesta: This resort area allows you to take a tree canopy walk and also has some great shopping and views of the mountains.
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park: This is one of the top National Parks that I want to visit. Notable areas to check out would be Clingmans Dome and Ramsey Cascades, but there are other waterfalls I’d want to check out as well.
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies: This is supposed to have one of the best Penguin exhibits in the World!


  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site: This provides a chance to visit Lincoln’s successor’s family home.


  • Greetings from Knoxville Postcard Mural: I love checking out a good mural and love postcards! Win, win!
  • Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame: I’m not a huge follower of basketball, but I’m guessing this would be worth checking out all the same.
  • Zoo Knoxville: This sounds like a pretty amazing zoo!


  • David Crockett Birthplace State Park: A chance to see where Davy Crockett was born.

Lookout Mountain

  • Rock City Gardens: I’ve actually been here twice already, but would never turn down a chance to visit again! This is the equivalent to Wall Drug in South Dakota for billboard advertising through Tennessee. You also have a chance to view 7 states from one vantage point.


  • South Cumberland State Park: This park contains several waterfalls.


  • Crockett Tavern Museum: This is a replica of Crockett’s boyhood home.


  • Sweetwater Valley Farm: This is supposed to be a great place to stop for cheese.

Pigeon Forge

  • SNOW: This is advertised as a “year round indoor winter wonderland.” That’s intriguing enough for me to check out!
  • The Old Mill Pottery House Cafe and Grille: I’m not one for including dining on bucket list posts, but this made the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame and serves homemade cooking on pottery made from the shop next door.
  • The Incredible Christmas Place: Sounds like the ideal stop after some snow play indoors!
  • The Old Mill Restaurant: I know, another restaurant..but once again part of the Hall of Fame on TripAdvisor. This one makes food with ingredients created at the Old Mill next door.

Roan Mountain

  • Roan Mountain State Park: This park contains one of the highest peaks in the U.S.


  • Foster Falls Recreation Area: This area contains a 60 ft waterfall.

Signal Mountain

  • Middle Creek Falls: These Falls were listed as Bucket List worthy in the 2018 vacation guide.


  • The Lost Sea: This is America’s largest Underground Lake.

Tellico Plains

  • Bald River Falls: Another bucket list worthy waterfall.


  • The Abbey: This is a local brew pub that also offers tubing, kayaks, and cornhole.

Man I can’t wait to plan a trip out this direction!

All ideas taken from the 2018 Tennessee Tourism Guide



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