Tennessee is a state that loves couples. Nashville is bachelorette central, where more women come to celebrate their upcoming nuptials than go to Las Vegas. Gatlinburg, in the cloud-kissed Great Smoky Mountains, is a serious wedding destination. According to the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitor Bureau, more couples tie the knot in these mountains than in any other place in the south.
Even if your idea of a romantic holiday isn’t centered around matrimony, Tennessee is a good place to get googly-eyed.
I’m currently consciously uncoupled, or whatever phrase it is that Gwyneth Paltrow used to describe my single situation. But as I travel the state to research hotels, I eye the places for a mountain-top picnic, to watch the fireflies soar through the summer sky, and to dance under twinkling lights. I have a wish list of favorites to share with others, be they future companions and faithful readers (or both).
The four major cities—Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Memphis—in the 432-mile long state each have elements that make the heart sing. Here’s where to go for the 10 most romantic getaways in Tennessee.