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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Tennessee

Peak Season: May to September

Tennessee takes advantage of lovely spring weather – and summer tourists – to host festivals and other events. The days around August 16 – the anniversary of Elvis' death – pack Memphis with pilgrims. Dollywood in Pigeon Forge (in the Smoky Mountains) is most crowded when kids are on summer vacation.

Off Season: December to February

The weather is mild to mildly chilly and possibly rainy, but Tennessee's low-key winter can be a good time to visit the state. Hotel prices stay about the same year-round, so there might not be bargains, but at popular attractions, lines will be less long – or non-existent.

Sweet Spot: March to April; October to November

Early spring's warmth and flowers add charm to graceful antebellum architecture in Tennessee's cities and towns. Crisp fall weather turns leaves red and gold for perfect hiking in the Smoky Mountains.

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