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Sometimes you need to experience something out of the norm. Like one of many adventure vacations in Tennessee. Occasionally, you’ve got to step out of your comfort zone, away from office chairs and paperwork, and really live. Tennessee adventure vacations may be just what you need.

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Experiencing the Great Outdoors

Tennessee is home to the Great Smoky Mountains, and with them comes a vast array of adventure opportunities. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park alone has great activities. Grab a vacation rental in Gatlinburg and walk right out the door to start exploring waterfalls, hiking, bicycling and viewing wildlife in their natural setting – and we’re not talking just birds, but black bears as well. They’re certainly not something you see every day; check out this video and admire beautiful HD pictures of Great Smoky Mountains, Hiking Near Gatlinburg.

Why not add a little spice to your adventure vacations in Tennessee and take an ATV tour of the Smoky Mountains through companies like Bluff Mountain Adventures in Pigeon Forge. The 6000 acres of mountain trails they give you access to are that much more awe inspiring from the seat of a four-wheeler. Just remember, if you take your family, the kids must be 12 or older to participate and safety gear is required.

The outdoors man (or woman) at heart will truly enjoy the experiences that Rocky Top Outfitters, also in Pigeon Forge, has to offer. Top of the list are a number of fishing excursions on the 800 miles of rivers, lakes and streams in the Great Smoky Mountains. You have to pick up a license, but then you can choose from an easy, medium or difficult fishing trip for the day. If fishing isn’t enough, try a hunting excursion. You guessed it, you can even hunt that black bear!

Another great option for Tennessee adventure vacations are horsemanship training programs at A Tennessee Guest Ranch in Chattanooga. Choose from a long list of programs for groups or create your own one to three day adventure. Regardless, you will learn the ins and outs of horsemanship and then spend some time putting those new skills to use on the trails.

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Extreme Sports

Of course, adventure vacations in Tennessee generally imply a bit of extreme adventure for those with an adrenaline itch to scratch, and the state has plenty to offer. Start with a the Richard Petty Driving Experience in Bristol or Nashville. That’s right, you can choose from either riding shot gun in a three-lap, 165 mile per hour, face smasher or feel the power in your own hands by driving one of the NASCAR stock cars yourself (providing you can drive a manual transmission).

Once that adrenaline rush gets you going, you may not want to stop. So, your next adventure might be white water rafting. Check out services offered by Ocoee River Rafting located in Cleveland, Knoxville or Nashville, Tennessee. Experience Class III and IV rapids with the intriguing names of Diamond Splitter, Broken Nose, Table Saw and Grumpy’s. One of the trips even takes you along the 1996 Olympic Whitewater rapids trail.

What adventure vacations in Tennessee would be complete without a little plane jumping? Skydiving adventures are available all over the state, like Tennessee Skydiving, LLC in Tullahoma, Skydive Nashville or Skydive Smoky Mountains offering dive zones in Knoxville, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Your first jump will be tandem, which means you’ll be strapped to a certified diving instructor, so there’s no need to worry about inexperience. In most cases, you have to be at least 18-years-old and weigh less than 215 pounds to participate. Be sure to bring a camera along to capture the once-in-a-lifetime views.

Adventure vacations in Tennessee will get your adrenaline pumping again so that, when you return home, you can face the mundane moments of everyday life with vigor again.


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