Road trip between Knoxville and Atlanta
With a road trip starting in either Atlanta, Georgia, or Knoxville, Tennessee, you have the chance for a real American adventure. You can drive through the national parks, visit vibrant cities and even fulfil some rock and roll dreams. Whether you are in it for the food, music or mountains, there is a whole lot more than just miles of highway between these two destinations. Here are some ideas on how to make the most of a one way rental from Atlanta to Knoxville.
Follow the Music
One option is to use Atlanta as a base to follow the roots of some American music legends. First stop is Memphis, Tennessee, for a visit to Graceland the legendary home of Elvis Presley. Not only is this city famous for its musical connections, it’s famous as well for its BBQ (some say it’s even the BBQ capital of America). Ask a local about their favorite place to dig in to some smokey meat before moving on to Nashville. Known as the home of Country Music, Nashville is home to some of the most iconic sites of the genre. Visit Music Row and the Honky Tonk Highway, see a show at the Grand Ole Opry and take a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Many big names started out at Nashville’s smaller venues so keep your ears open for the next big thing.
Over the Mountains
From the urban center of Atlanta you can also head out on an adventure through the natural landscapes of the South. Drive to Chattanooga and stretch your legs along the Tennessee Riverwalk and then head to the bohemian North Shore district for some shopping and dining. Complete your visit with a drive to Lookout Mountain, home to both Ruby Falls and Rock City. Leave town and make your way to Tellico Plains to take the Cherohala Skyway to Cheerokee, North Carolina. Visit the Museum of the Cherokee Indian before driving Hwy 441 through Great Smoky National Park. Experience the views from the top of Clingmans Dome then continue on to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Eat Your Way to Tennessee
Athens, Georgia, lies just a short drive away from Atlanta but this laid back college town can feel like another world. Home to one of the top organic food scenes in the US, you can’t go wrong when choosing something to eat. However, If you don’t feel like being a culinary explorer you can simplify the hunt for the perfect bite on the Athens Bucket List Food Tour. Reserve a table at Hugh Acheson’s 5&10, and experience the epicenter of the Athens food scene. For a feast for the eyes take the scenic route through the Chattahoochee National Forest, continuing on Hwy 64 and then the Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville, North Carolina. This small town is full of big surprises like the chance to eat authentic Spanish tapas at Cúrate thanks to Katie Button, who used to work at the famed El Bulli. Asheville also boasts one of the most premier microbrew beer scenes besides its top-rated locally owned and sourced international restaurants. Putting the cherry on top of this route, you get to drive through the Great Smoky Mountains on your way to Knoxville.