1 . Highland Rim Retreats

Spencer, Tennessee

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Many a family has entered Highland Rim Retreats as a squabbling mob and left as the picture of etiquette and platonic love. Why? Well, obviously because Highland Rim Retreats is the pinnacle of family vacations, providing comfortable accommodations and a truly fantastic setting near local state parks and exciting activities.

The luxury rentals of HRR are all located near Fall Creek Falls and the Rock Island State Parks, providing in equal parts luxury and serenity. When you want to relax, your well-appointed cabin is right there, waiting to take you into its cozy embrace. But when your family has a hankering for some fun, it's easy to get out and explore! From hiking trips across the many trails, to fishing a local lake, to horseback riding during an orange sunset, you'll have a tough time convincing your family to return home after all is said and done!

Address

125 Trout Hill Rd, Spencer, TN 38585

Highlights

The nearby Rock Island State Park features two beautiful lakes for you to explore at your leisure!

Related activities

Go golfing at one of the 20 nearby courses!

2 . Mountain Shadows Resort

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Family fun doesn’t grow on trees, at least we don't think it does. But it does grow in the mountains. The Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to be exact. That’s why our no. 2 pick is Mountain Shadows Resort.

What would attract one to Gatlinburg, Tennessee? Maybe it’s the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, four golf courses, six dinner theaters and Dollywood amusement park, all within 30 minutes of Mountain Shadows Resort. Or maybe it's simply the majestic spirit of the Smoky Mountains. Being in the presence of such astounding nature makes for some good old fashioned family bonding time, so leave the electronics at home! Watch the kids splash and frolic in the swimming pool, bask in the sun while dad grills up his magic steak recipe and wish upon the stars floating effortlessly over the shadowy mountain peaks. Let the kids bob and weave through the playground structure while you watch from a relaxing vantage point. Whether it’s a quick getaway or a full-fledged vacation, you will feel the pressures of the real world melting away instantaneously. Pick a cabin, stay a while and unwind.

Address

1901 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Mountain range

The Great Smoky Mountains stand as a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains. They are commonly called 'the Smokies" and are mostly protected by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Related Onsite Offerings

Don’t worry about a pet sitter, your furry troublemaker can tag along too! A small fee will be assessed if you bring your pet.

3 . Little Valley Mountain Resort

Sevierville, Tennessee

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What’s better than the same family vacation you have been on one thousand times year after year? A family vacation to our no. 3 destination, Little Valley Mountain Resort in Tennessee. In log cabins neatly situated in the Walden Creek area of the Grand Smoky Mountains, you and your loved ones are on top of the world. It doesn’t get better than that.

Accommodating families of all sizes, the sturdy log cabins range from one bedroom to four and are sprinkled with deluxe amenities like family-sized hot tubs and goosbump-warding fireplaces. If you have small, furry members of your family atop four legs, don’t worry, the pet-friendly rentals are just as lush with luxurious amenities! But you are in the Smoky Mountains; as nice as the oak cabins are, you don’t want to sit inside all day. Boys: Drop a line into the stocked fishing ponds for some real father-son time. Girls, take the retail scene by storm. Hundreds of name brand outlet stores lining the parkway in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville make for perfect mother-daughter bonding. Or unite the family as a whole at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, the most visited aquarium in North America. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong here.

Address

2229 Little Valley Road, Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Elevation

The elevation of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is 1,001 feet.

Highlights

Be sure to visit Dollywood, Dolly Parton's theme park. It is very close by in Pigeon Forge. See Dolly perform on stage, or ride the roller coasters until you're blue in the face and wobbly in the knees.

4 . Caryonah Hunting Lodge

Crossville, Tennessee

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If your family is full of fans of the great outdoors, you won't find a better Tennessee getaway than at Caryonah Hunting Lodge. This is one lodge where you won't have to "rough it" to escape to the wilderness.

The lodge is great for larger family getaways, as well as family reunions, thanks to the flexibility available with their accommodations. The lodge itself features 10 newly remodeled and fully equipped guest rooms featuring 450-thread count linens, micro-cotton bath towels, Italian-tiled showers, and foreign granite, offering an elegant feel throughout your stay. The lodge sleeps up to 32 guests, and includes king, queen, double-queen, and bunk style beds. If you are looking at upgrading the experience for your family, rent out the entire 3,600-square foot, six-bedroom luxury cabin. Half of the cabin (1,800 square feet) is decks and porches, giving you the perfect spot to enjoy the outdoor splendor surrounding you. A full kitchen is the perfect spot for preparing a wholesome family meal, and you'll love the elegant stone fireplace in the spacious great room. Don't think sucked into thinking that the accommodations are the only things you'll enjoy at your Tennessee vacation at Caryonah Hunting Lodge. Whether you are searching for wild boar, a variety of rams, or even larger game like buffalo and elk, Caryonah will help make sure you have a successful outing.

Address

220 Wild Boar Lane Crossville, TN 38571

Related activities

Crossville and Cumberland County have earned the name "The Gold Capital of Tennessee" thanks to the area's 10 world class golf courses. A few of the layouts you can try during your stay include Deer Creek Golf Club, Dorchester Golf Club at Fairfield Glade, Mountain Ridge Golf Club, and The Bear trace at Cumberland Mountain State Park.

Fun facts

Caryonah is widely regarded as the Oldest and Largest Hunting Lodge in the Southeast, and one of the Oldest Family Owned Hunting Lodges in America. With several thousand acres of the finest hunting territory available, you can see why!

5 . Dogwood Cabins LLC

Townsend, Tennessee

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Offering affordable cabin rentals in Townsend (also known as "the Peaceful Side of the Smokies"), Dogwood Cabins have hosted and wowed families for decades. There's simply no better way to experience the Smoky Mountains!

Dogwood's beautiful cabins are just minutes away from the entrance to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where your family will find flora, fauna, and fun. Within its majestic visage you'll find dozens of hiking trails and observe waterfalls, secluded streams, and plenty of wildlife, including deer and the approximately 400 black bears that live in the park. Meanwhile, all cabins are fully equipped, beautifully decorated, and guaranteed to steal your heart. You'll fall asleep to crickets chirping, then wake up to a majestic sunrise over the hills. Just climb out of your loft bedroom and greet the day!

Address

101 Painted Trillium Way, Townsend, TN 37882

Highlights

Townsend is one of the three main entrances and the one located near two of the most scenic areas in the park, one being the world Cades Cove, which offers significant history and world class scenery.

Related activities

Go play nine at Laurel Valley Golf Course, or pay homage to a national treasure at Dollywood!

6 . American Mountain Rentals

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Experience Smoky Mountain splendor at the luxurious American Mountain Rentals! These cabins feature all of today's modern amenities while also showcasing a simpler time. Explore the pristine peaks, relax in your spacious cabin, or head into town for an array of attractions!

Whether you're in search of relaxation or recreation, you'll find it here, in the shadow of the Smokies. One- to nine-bedroom cabins and chalets can fit every size of family and feature a host of amenities to entertain all ages. Watch a movie on the flat-screen television, make a splash with swimming pool access, or challenge your family at pool or foosball in the game room. These cabins and chalets are located on 400 woods acres, perfect for exhilarating hikes. Wander off-site for additional family fun. You'll have easy access to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, perfect for outdoor exploration. Find amusement for all ages at the nearby Dollywood and enjoy aquatic adventures at Splash County Water Park. You won't be able to fathom all the fun at Ripley's Believe it or Not! in Gatlinburg. Families are sure to uncover a utopia at American Mountain Rentals!

Address

110 Hillis Drive, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863

Highlights

Take in a dinner at a show at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, which combines a grand musical production, thrilling horse riding stunts along with spectacular special effects, and a four-course feast that culminates with a delicious dessert!

Related Onsite Offerings

Your family can soak in the spectacular mountain scenery from the sun deck and picnic area. Enjoy a meal and a view!

7 . Golfview Vacation Rentals

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains is Golfview Vacation Rentals. Choose from one, two and three bedroom cabins!

In between Dollywood and the Gatlinburg Country Club, you'll find the perfect destination for your Tennessee family vacation. Stay in cabins that can sleep up to 12 people and have hot tubs, Jacuzzis, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, grills and a picnic area! You are your family will never run out of things to do when you stay at Golfview Vacation Rentals!

Address

718 Golfview Blvd, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, 37863

Highlights

There is a 20% discount if you book four or more units, so get the fans together and head to Dollywood!

Fun facts

This is the closest resort there is to Dollywood!

8 . Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel

Nashville, Tennessee

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We’ve always politely disagreed with those who insist you simply can’t mix business with pleasure. Then we started to wonder, what else have these people been holding back? For instance, why can’t you enjoy all the superior comforts of a Nashville luxury hotel while on a Tennessee family vacation?

If you’re staying at our No. 8 pick, the simple answer is you can! Here in downtown Nashville, the Sheraton Hotel treats you to the best of both worlds on your Tennessee family vacation. Luxurious comfort comes standard in your Sheraton guestroom or suite, complete with high-end furnishings, rich fabrics and upgraded TVs. And a superior dining experience is always on the menu inside Sheraton’s eateries, Sessions Lounge and Speakers Bistro. From expertly mixed cocktails for mom and dad to traditional Southern comfort foods with a kid-friendly twist, Sheraton Hotel pleases every palate on your Tennessee family vacation. All luxury and no play makes for a very plush, but very dull Nashville family vacation – except at the Sheraton Hotel, that is. With this Tennessee hotel’s convenient downtown Nashville location, experiencing the sights and sounds of Music City is as simple as stepping through the hotel doors. And you won’t have to walk far – the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Frist Center for Visual Arts and Country Music Hall of Fame are all less than a mile away!

Related activities

From intimate events to corporate functions, Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel provides the tools you need to plan the perfect Tennessee meeting or group event.

Highlights

Non-smoking rooms and plush Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds may not sound like much, but they’re just two small gestures that illustrate Sheraton’s deeper commitment to your complete satisfaction.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Club Lounge, accessible to Sheraton Club guests, offers complimentary breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres and a variety of beverages.

9 . The Chattanoogan Hotel

Chattanooga, Tennessee

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Promising a complete Tennessee family vacation is one thing; making good on that promise is quite a different story. Fortunately, we found an urban escape that we think is up to the challenge. With all-ages appeal and a convenient downtown location, The Chattanoogan Hotel earned its way to our No. 9 spot!

The Chattanoogan Hotel offers a Discover the Fun package, but we think this Tennessee vacation package is best described as a whirlwind tour of fun on your Chattanooga family vacation! Your tour kicks off to a rousing start with a scrumptious breakfast in The Broad Street Grille. Continues with tickets to Tennessee’s most sought-after attractions, including the Tennessee Aquarium, The Creative Discovery Museum and an IMAX screening of Sharks 3D. And comes to a hassle-free finish with free shuttles to and from downtown attractions, an admirable end to choruses of “Are we there yet?” Back to that all-ages appeal we promised. Feast your eyes on The Chattanoogan Hotel’s gracious guestrooms and suites, where plush furnishings accommodate the whole crew in luxurious comfort and dramatic window coverings pull back to reveal awe-inspiring views of Lookout Mountain.

Highlights

Located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee, The Chattanoogan is the only urban resort in the Benchmark Hospitality collection.

Fun facts

During the Civil War, Chattanooga was a hub of river and rail transportation and, therefore, held a key strategic position for military interests. Later, the city became a major manufacturing center.

Related Onsite Offerings

Within easy walking distance of museums, shopping and entertainment, the city itself is one of the key amenities for guests of The Chattanoogan Hotel.

10 . Chalet Village

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Our No. 10 pick’s name may bring to mind images of Swiss ski chalets tucked away in the Tennessee boondocks, but we assure you it’s nothing of the sort. In fact, you’ll find something much better than an authentic chalet among Chalet Village’s complete range of Smoky Mountain vacation rentals!

As for the “village,” that could conjure up visions of cramped quarters and one house practically on top of the other, a la suburban sprawl. But we assure you these Smoky Mountain rentals are anything but small! From expansive wraparound porches to living rooms with dramatic cathedral ceilings, each of Chalet Village’s private homes features abundant space both inside and out. What’s more, these Tennessee estates are also beautifully appointed with gleaming hardwood floors, polished granite countertops, big screen TVs and a host of other luxury amenities for you and the family to enjoy! We get that even a spacious five- to eight-bedroom Tennessee cabin can feel a bit cramped once it’s filled to the brim with your aunts, cousins and other extended family. But with the Great Smoky Mountain National Park practically in your backyard, there’s never been a better excuse to forgo the family drama in favor of hiking, biking or horseback riding in the great Tennessee outdoors!

Highlights

When you stay with Chalet Village, you and your family will have free access to three clubhouses, all have outdoor pools, plus two tennis courts!

Related activities

If you prefer water to land, Chalet Village cabins and homes are close to clear mountain streams and rivers for trout fishing, tubing, kayaking and canoeing on your Tennessee family vacation.

Fun facts

Want to add an educational twist to your Tennessee family vacation? Start your trip with a visit to the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center, where folks celebrate the mountain way of life.

11 . Big Cabins

Sevierville, Tennessee

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Our No. 11 pick isn’t just located at the meeting place of the Great Smoky Mountains; it’s also your go-to spot for Tennessee meetings and family reunions in a spectacular mountain setting! With spacious Smoky Mountain cabins that can easily accommodate groups and families of 60-plus, Big Cabins truly lives up to its name.

Just as no two groups are exactly the same, each of these individually-designed and decorated Tennessee vacation rentals offers a one-of-a-kind experience for your Smoky Mountain family reunion. Beamed ceilings, wraparound porches and big screen TVs cater to a wide range of interests, and so do Smoky Mountain adventures – artfully arranged by Big Cabins and delivered to your door! Like tee times for those who can’t go a day without a walk on the fairway, aquarium trips for future marine biologists and even shuttles to outlet malls for all those shopaholics you know your family is secretly harboring. We know this is a list of Top 10 Tennessee family vacations, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the fact that Big Cabins’ accommodations are also suited to Tennessee meetings, corporate vacations and group retreats. Select Smoky Mountain cabins even include in-cabin meeting rooms and plenty of space for entertaining!

Highlights

Stacked stone fireplaces, plush leather furnishings, rough-hewn bed frames and incredible views of the Smoky Mountains combine for a spectacular mountain ambiance inside these Tennessee vacation rentals.

Fun facts

Big Cabins also offers smaller Smoky Mountain luxury cabin rentals that are perfect for Tennessee honeymoons and romantic weekends!

Related Onsite Offerings

Most Big Cabins rentals include spacious decks, catered meals, mountain or stream views, rocking chairs, game rooms and spacious kitchens with stainless steel appliances.

12 . Music Road Hotel

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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If a fantastic Pigeon Forge family vacation sounds like music to your ears, then you’ll love what’s in store at our No. 12 spot. We’re all about being creative, but using famous songs to describe Music Road Hotel is more than just a clever marketing ploy; it’s also the easiest way to describe these family-friendly Tennessee accommodations!

Your stay at Music Road Hotel may not include a celebrity appearance from musical duo Simon and Garfunkel, but we think the 24-hour game room and video arcade will have you and the kids “Feelin’ Groovy” in no time. And the hotel’s continental breakfast may not serve up “Fried Chicken and Gasoline,” as musical artist Southern Culture on the Skids once suggested, but it does offer a bounty of Southern comfort foods, including biscuits and gravy. “Take it Easy” may be best known as an Eagles tune, but feel free to grab an inner tube and do just as the song suggests on a leisurely lazy river ride – just one aquatic offering at Music Road Hotel’s outdoor waterpark. There’s also a 60-ft. waterslide, poolside cabana and snack bar. Plus, an indoor pool to keep boredom at bay even when bad weather rears its ugly head!

Highlights

Music Road Hotel is just minutes from the Pigeon Forge trolley, which will take you and the whole family to Dollywood’s glittering splendor in no time.

Related activities

All of Music Road Hotel’s rooms include microwaves and refrigerators for storing last night’s leftovers and convenient snacking on the go.

Fun facts

They don’t call these hotel rooms “oversized” just for show. Each of Music Road Hotel’s guestrooms is 30 percent larger than those offered by comparable hotels.

13 . Legacy Mountain Resort

Sevierville, Tennessee

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Legacy: Something that is handed down or remains from a previous generation or time. While we aren’t ready to grant our No. 13 spot legacy status quite yet, we will say that Legacy Mountain Resort has made quite a name for itself when it comes to Tennessee family vacations!

All the peace and quiet of a secluded Smoky Mountain cabin, plus the full-service amenities you’d expect from a Tennessee luxury resort. It may sound a bit farfetched, but at Legacy Mountain Resort, even the seemingly-impossible is easily within reach! The resort’s clubhouse has been renovated to reflect traditional Adirondack style, while the pavilion features a crackling fireplace and welcoming stone hearth – a great place to gather ‘round with family and meet new friends, or simply admire the Great Smoky Mountain scenery! Polished hardwood floors, cedar-planked ceilings and rustic stone fireplaces topped with flatscreen TVs – no, we’re not talking about a full-page spread in Country Cabins magazine; we’re describing just one of 91 luxury cabins available through Legacy Mountain Resort! But it’s the outdoor pool that is a true sight to behold at any hour. By day, these temperate waters are a spectacular place to dive into for a rousing game of family-style Marco Polo. And come nightfall, the surrounding Smoky Mountain peaks are reflected in its moonlit waters.

Highlights

Legacy Mountain Resort is located just a short drive from Great Smoky National Park. This includes the famous Cade’s Cove, where an abundance of wildlife can be viewed on your Tennessee nature vacation.

Fun facts

One of the real highlights in Pigeon Forge is Dollywood, the famous theme park named after Pigeon Forge's most famous citizen, Dolly Parton. This Tennessee theme park offers thrill rides, a waterpark for the kids and plenty of Smoky Mountain-style family fun.

Related Onsite Offerings

Let Legacy Mountain Resort assist you in adding Pigeon Forge activities, attractions and more to your Tennessee family vacation!

14 . Mountain Laurel Chalets

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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For more than 30 years, our No. 14 spot has made unforgettable Tennessee family vacations its No. 1 priority. Mountain Laurel Chalets’ sought-after location in Gatlinburg’s famous Ski Mountain ski area may have stayed the same, but a few modern tweaks here and there have brought this Tennessee resort fully into the 21st century!

From modest one-bedroom hideaways in the Tennessee hills to a sprawling 12-bedroom estate overlooking the Great Smokies, Mountain Laurel Chalets offers the region’s widest range of affordable, family-friendly accommodations. And speaking of variety, how’s this for a complete family vacation itinerary? Ripley’s Believe or Not, Guinness World Records museums, Fun Mountain amusement park and Sweet Fanny Adams vaudeville theatre are all waiting at the base of Ski Mountain! While it wouldn’t be a Tennessee family vacation without the kids in tow, we also understand that sometimes parents just long for a few minutes of “me” time at the end of the day. Fortunately, Mountain Laurel Chalets has just the Smoky Mountain cabins required of such an occasion. With inspired names like Endless Love and Heart’s Desire, these Gatlinburg vacation rentals – complete with luxurious master suites and hot tubs – are sure to strike a few sparks in your loved one’s heart.

Highlights

A stay in Mountain Laurel Chalets’ Rippling Waters accommodation is a trip back in time to the resort’s early days. Rippling Waters was the first office for Mountain Laurel Chalets!

Fun facts

Few people know that Jim Gray, the-now famous Smoky Mountain artist, did many of the home sketches for Mountain Laurel Chalets’ first brochure.

Related Onsite Offerings

You can’t get much closer to Great Smoky National Park than this on your Tennessee family vacation. Many of these Gatlinburg cabin rentals are actually on the park’s boundary line, while Dollywood and other Pigeon Forge-Gatlinburg attractions are just six miles away.

15 . Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center

Nashville, Tennessee

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You’re in the market for a Tennessee family vacation and you’ve got a lot to consider. Like which Tennessee town will serve as your home base, which Tennessee resort or hotel will pillow your head at the end of each day and which spectacular Tennessee amusements will make it on your list of must-see attractions.

But we’ve saved you one step in the vacation planning process – the budget. At our No. 15 spot, seasonal family packages let kids stay and eat for free! Sure, Gaylord Opryland Hotel’s Discover Nashville package comes with a bit of fine print, like defining “kids” as solely those tots and tykes aged 11 or younger. But we think that’s a fairly generous stipulation, especially when you see what else this Tennessee family vacation package has to offer! You may know Nashville as the centerpiece of the country music industry, but Gaylord Opryland Hotel invites you to discover Nashville’s family-friendly side. Exclusive access to summer events at the Nashville Zoo, Adventure Science Center and Cheekwood Botanical Gardens will get your crew good and tired before retiring to the comfort of your Tennessee hotel suite. And a successfully-completed scavenger hunt game card will earn you and the kids a complimentary ride on the hotel’s Delta Flatboat!

Highlights

Within Gaylord Opryland Hotel’s spacious landscape, you'll discover fine dining and casual restaurants, unique shopping experiences and a 20,000-sq.-ft. spa and fitness center.

Getting there

On the banks of the Cumberland River, this landmark Nashville hotel is just minutes from Nashville International Airport and a short drive or riverboat cruise from downtown Nashville.

Fun facts

Country music is the heart of America, and no place does justice to country music better than Gaylord Opryland. Book an All-American Country Getaway and receive the very best in Southern hospitality paired with live entertainment.

16 . Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Nashville

, Tennessee

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While those in Hollywood may turn up their nose at the mere mention of its name, we think Nashville, Tennessee – Music City, as it’s affectionately known – boasts a unique flavor, swagger and star-studded clientele that make it worthy of a stop on your Tennessee family vacation.

You’ll find plenty of stars in this country music mecca, but we’ve found a Nashville hotel that gets a gold star in our book. No, it wasn’t for the lobby jukebox, loaded with country music legends and tunes sung by the same guests that frequent Loews Vanderbilt Hotel’s halls. It was this Nashville hotel’s promise to treat you and the kids with true Southern hospitality throughout your Tennessee family vacation! We promised you a Music City hotel with plenty of swagger, but we forgot to tell you about all the swag you and the kids will score inside Loews Vanderbilt Hotel’s luxurious guestrooms and suites. Lather bath amenities for mom and dad, a flatscreen TV and movies on demand for the kids and luxurious 300-thread-count sheets and pillow-top mattresses for the whole family to sink into each night. And you can forget the rude awakening offered by traditional alarm clocks. At Loews, your wake up call features the sweet sounds of Nashville’s biggest names – Vince Gill, Amy Grant and Brenda Lee, to name a few!

Highlights

Loews Vanderbilt Hotel also houses a fitness center, gift shop, art gallery and salon and day spa within its walls.

Related activities

For a true taste of Music City, make sure you include the Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium on your Nashville family vacation itinerary!

Getting there

From the West, follow I-24 East to I-65 South. Take I-65 South to the Broadway Exit and turn right onto Broadway. Keep right on Broadway until you reach the fork in the road. Steer right at the fork onto West End Avenue and continue until you reach Loews Vanderbilt Hotel on your right.

17 . Colonial Properties Cabin & Resort Rentals

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Trying to explore all of the Smoky Mountains is a futile quest, but one that yields great personal reward and tons of family fun!

The jutting peaks and rolling foothills of the magnificent Smoky Mountains attract 9 million visitors every year. Join them and you will find beautiful vegetation and wildlife, and get lost in stunning sunrises. The best way to enjoy the organic splendor of the Smokies is to do so with your family, and that’s why Colonial Properties Cabin & Resort Rentals is the perfect place to stay. The condos offer up to three bedrooms and the cabins boast up to six, seamlessly molding to your family’s size and lifestyle; not to mention ample room and space, central heat and air, private bedrooms and baths, separate living areas and fully equipped kitchens, which will surely prevent family squabbles! Now that you’re situated, it’s time to get out there and explore! The Smoky Mountain National Park is a perfect place to start, but don’t try to tackle all 520,000 acres in one day. In fact, you may never uncover what’s behind every stone, but once you start, you will never want to stop trying.

Address

3049 Veterans Blvd. Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Mountain range

The Smoky Mountains, part of the Appalachians, pass through Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. They get their name due to natural fog that presents itself as giant plumes of smoke. You have to see it for yourself!

Extra Stops

The kids will have a ball at Dollywood theme park, and might even see famous country singer, Dolly Parton, perform in between roller coaster rides.

18 . The Lodge at Buckberry Creek

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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If you’ve never laid eyes on the vast mountain vistas, dense forests and abundant wildlife that make up the Great Smoky Mountains, you and your family are in a for a treat. But for a truly spectacular Tennessee family vacation, you’ll need a Smoky Mountain lodge that won’t be overshadowed by such natural splendor.

For accommodations as grand as their surroundings, this lodge is an obvious choice. It has been nicknamed The Great Camp of the Smokies, after all! The Lodge at Buckberry Creek captures all the beauty and grace of the Adirondacks, with just a hint of Southern charm. Whether you come in winter or spring, for a weekend getaway or a seven-day trip, you won’t find a more family-friendly vantage point for taking in the Smoky Mountain splendor than this Tennessee lodge. They call it a lodge, but Buckberry Creek is unlike any lodge we’ve seen. Intricately-carved woodwork welcomes you to this Tennessee retreat, where dream catchers, antlers and miniature teepees add an air of authenticity to the already intriguing mountain ambiance. And a stuffed coyote juxtaposed with a zebra-skin rug ushers you into the lodge’s great room, while outside, the lodge’s rough-hewn cedar deck is a delightful complement to the untamed Smoky Mountain scenery.

Highlights

Luxurious soaking tubs – featured in every Buckberry Creek suite – are a romance-inspiring reward for parents at the end of an otherwise family-centered day.

Fun facts

Buckberry Lodge provides the only all-suite luxury stay in the Smoky Mountains.

Related Onsite Offerings

Savor exquisite regional cuisine, old family recipes and spectacular views of Mount LeConte over a four-course meal at Buckberry Lodge.

19 . The Inn at Christmas Place

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Is a family vacation all about when you go, or where you go? This time, it is both. The Inn at Christmas Place has images of sugar plums dancing in our heads.

Do you like a little Germany in your Eastern Tennessee? Find picturesque Bavarian architecture at the Inn at Christmas Place in the foothills of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The 147-room Christmas time getaway is gilded with tall German towers and old-timey decor. The kids will absolutely love it, from the singing Santa to the deluxe continental breakfast, including made-to-order omelets, fresh Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs and much more. Sleeping is just as fun as eating, too. Rooms are equipped with mattresses that are so comfy, they’re available for purchase! If you’re here for Christmas cheer, you've come to the right place. Uniformed bellman greet you at the door and Christmas trees glow with ornaments. Stop by ‘the south’s largest Christmas store’ and the Inn’s namesake, Christmas Place, before retiring to your heavenly mattress with a family-friendly Christmas movie rented from the front desk.

Address

119 Christmas Tree Lane Pigeon Forge, TN 37868

Season

Visiting the Inn at Christmas Place is always a fantastic experience, but it's hard to beat the festivity in the air when you go around the holidays.

Fun facts

"Glockenspiel" is German for "play of bells," and the one at the Inn strikes every hour and plays Christmas songs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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