Yes, I know how to search for travel ideas on a destination or attraction Web site, but a tweet or a Facebook Wall recommendation is a much more engaging and public way to spread the word.
Please don’t email suggestions to me; that’s nice but it is one-to-one communication. Tweet me and/or Facebook me, so that all of our networks can see what’s cool about your state.
We’re going in alphabetical order but started with the end, so our first state for the series was Wyoming, then we investigated Wisconsin , West Virginia , Washington, Virginia, Vermont, Utah, Texas and now we’re moving on to….Tennessee!
You can also find Tennessee tourism on Facebook.
When I asked for ideas, here’s what came in….
Twitter Travel Tips for Tennessee
*** From Jill Knouse via @jillknouse on Twitter – lots of fun things in Gatlinburg!
*** From Dave Jones via @TNDayTripper on Twitter – How many of TN’s family-friendly, non-commercial attractions can you name? National Geographic Traveler named these: Family Vacation Planner for Tennessee.
*** From the Tennessee tourism folks via @TNVacation on Twitter, a bunch of family-friendly festivals and events – June 12 through August 2 Dollywood KidsFest, July 10 – 18 Kingsport Fun Fest, Aug 8 Tomato Art Fest, Sept 6 Boomsday Festival, Sept 12 Nat’l Rolley Hole Marbles Championship & Fest, Oct 2-4 Nat’l Storytelling Fest and Oct 17-18 Aussie Fall Fest Chillin’ & Grillin’.
*** From Antonia Malchik via @amalchik on Twitter – National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, every October! About my favorite thing to do all year. [Read her post about the Festival on Perceptive Travel blog.]
*** From Dan Mosqueda via @DanCMos on Twitter – We had a terrific trip in Pigeon Forge. I highly recommend http://www.sugarmaplecabins.com (Sugar Maple Cabins) – awesome views, clean. It is seriously stunning there in terms of beauty. The main drag is tacky, but the rest is nice. Gatlinburg is much improved too.
*** From Shannon Hurst Lane via @Cajun_Mama on Twitter – The http://museumofappalachia.org and also http://www.dollywood.com. A MUST is Big Ed’s Pizza in Oak Ridge TN. My kids loved watching the pizza makers.
Wow, Twitter tweeps sure came through for Tennessee; I didn’t have any input on Facebook, though.
Thanks so much for the contributions – the next state in the series is South Dakota.
My purpose for this series is not only to highlight worthy kid-friendly vacation destinations in all 50 states, but by using Twitter and Facebook I want to also encourage tourism organizations to learn more about connecting with their visitors using social media and online networks.
Please add your own Tennessee suggestions in the comments below, if we’ve missed anything. Thanks!