Tennessee vacation rentals are a surprisingly affordable way to enjoy the beauty of East Tennessee in comfort and style. They’re great for family vacations, romantic getaways, and group outings. Rentals of various sorts are available throughout the region, often in some of the loveliest areas where other lodging options are scarce.
The main problem you'll have is choosing. There are so many companies offering vacation rentals in Tennessee, and so many beautiful and fun places to explore, it can make your head spin. So let's take a look at some of the options to help you sort things out.
The first thing to decide is where you want to go, so let's take a look at your best choices.
The Smoky Mountains are without a doubt the most popular destination with the widest variety of vacation rentals in Tennessee. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a major attraction. With its misty vistas, abundant wildlife, and numerous mountain streams the park rejuvenates the mind and refreshes the spirit. You can enjoy a variety of recreational activities, take part in a ranger led program, or just spend some time sight-seeing.
The resort towns in the Smokies offer even more options for fun and relaxation. There are outlet malls and specialty shops, amusement parks, games and diversions, musical theater, golf, and local arts and crafts.
The question is, where in the Smokies do you want to stay? Take a look at our suggestions here:
Norris Lake is a popular vacation destination just a short drive north of Knoxville. With some 800 miles of shoreline, over 20 marinas, 3 state parks, 59 public access sites, and 2 wildlife areas, Norris Lake offers plenty of recreational possibilities.
The lake is particularly noted for its clear, deep water, making it ideal for water sports, such as boating, skiing, and fishing. You can rent a variety of water craft, including houseboats, waverunners, pontoon boats, fishing boats, ski boats, canoes, and paddleboats. There are also plenty of places for hiking, golfing, swimming, biking, horseback riding, and hunting. Resorts and cabin rentals are plentiful here. You can even rent a cabin at 2 of the state parks in the area, Norris Dam State Park, and Big Ridge State Park.
The Big South Fork is a great place to get away from civilization. Located on the rugged Cumberland Plateau, the area is best known for its unique rock formations and wild rivers. Horses are everywhere up here, and you can even rent a cabin with horse stables. You'll find plenty of wonderful spots for hiking, white water rafting, mountain biking, fishing and hunting.
A variety of private cabin rentals are available in the areas around the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, though none are available in the park itself. You can also rent a cabin at adjacent Pickett State Park, which boasts some outstanding rock formations.
Roan Mountain is absolutely lovely in late June, when the rhododendron balds bloom in a sea of pink. But, really, these mountain balds are awe-inspiring even without the extra adornment. the flowers only add to the beauty of these high mountain balds. You're up at some 6,000 feet here, so the air is crisp and cool in the summer, even when it's sweltering at lower elevations. It's the perfect place to rent a cabin to get away from it all and beat the heat. Or come in spring for the wildflowers, fall for the color, or winter for sledding and cross country skiing.
Watts Bar Lake has long been a popular fishing spot, but it's rapidly becoming a vacation destination as well. Boating, skiing, swimming and hiking are popular activities. You can rent a boat at one of the many marinas; pontoon boats, houseboats, and jet skis are available. The lake is also a great place for birdwatching, with large populations of blue heron, over 120 nesting pairs of osprey, and the occasional bald eagle. And, of course, there's always just relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the lake.
Watts Bar Lake is located on the Tennessee River, between Knoxville and Chattanooga. It extends over 72 miles from Fort Loudoun Dam to Watts Bar Dam, with 738 miles of shoreline, with numerous coves and sandy beaches.