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Are you looking to take a family vacation in Tennessee but don’t want to spend a fortune? These options are fun, family-friendly and affordable. Whether you prefer to stay outdoors or indoors, are adventurous or laidback, these places will provide what you need to have an enjoyable trip with your family.
What started as a choo choo train on the Cincinnati Southern Railroad is now a historic hotel in Chattanooga. It was the first wood-burning train to provide a non-stop service from Cincinnati to Chattanooga. After two $4 million renovations in 1973 and 1989, the hotel has expanded to include new restaurants and music venues. Each of the train car rooms in the hotel has queen-size beds, flat-screen televisions and high-speed wifi. Some of the rooms also have daybeds with trundles. In 1974, the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel made it on the National Register of Historic Places.
Offering cabins perfect for families, Eagles Ridge Resort is just minutes from downtown Pigeon Forge, about a mile (1.6km) from Pigeon Forge Parkway. Cabins range in size, from one to nine bedrooms, and feature fully equipped kitchens, stone fireplaces and high ceilings. At the resort, you get to enjoy wifi access, hot tubs and Jacuzzis, as well as game and theater rooms. Some cabins are also pet-friendly.
Loretta Lynn’s Ranch is located in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, and allows you to choose between tent camping and cabins. Cabin options for families include a queen-size bed, a living room, a small kitchenette and a pull-out sofa. You’ll also get sheets, towels, a small refrigerator, a microwave, a television and an enclosed shower bath. Hurricane Creek runs through the ranch, where you can kayak, canoe or go tubing. The ranch is also home to the Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum, the Native American Artifact Museum and Loretta’s Historic Home, which can be visited at an additional cost.
Sam Murray contributed additional reporting to this article.