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Hipmunk Hotels: Southern Outdoor Fun in Pigeon Forge, Durham, Little Rock, and More!

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Written by Carl Hedinger

Photo by Nathan Mays via

Southern Outdoor Fun Places to Visit

Looking for some fun in the south and think there’s nothing more to see? Think again, because these awesome cities are going to help you reexamine that American bucket list. We’ve got tons of Southern outdoor fun for you to explore, from Pigeon Forge all the way down to Spring Hill, Florida! Let’s get started with many people’s favorite mountain escape town.

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Drive along the Parkway (U.S. 441) and enjoy the wonderful mountain getaway also known as Pigeon Forge. Stay at the centrally located Mountain Melodies Inn between country music shows and Pigeon Forge’s many other attractions. If you want to mix some outdoor fun with entertaining shows, spend a day at Dollywood. Parrot Mountain and Gardens is a quieter option, and visitors enjoy its diverse array of birds and beautiful green spaces.

Spring Hill, Florida

Head down Florida’s Nature Coast to Spring Hill for easy and cheaper access to Tampa. Spend a night and at the Hampton Inn Spring Hill, where your days will start before taking the family and even the dog out to Nature Coast Botanical Gardens & Nursery. After checking out a huge floral selection, hang out at Pine Island Park watching dolphins. That should do enough to convince you to stick around this quiet and cozy town.

Marietta, Georgia

Visit Marietta for fun that’s close enough to the big city (Atlanta), but far enough away to relax. Of course, you’ll want to choose a nice hotel like the Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center. Walk around the beautiful Marietta Square and people-watch, shop, and eat all day or night. A lot of people come to Marietta for Six Flags, and it’ll be easy to spend a whole trip with the family there. Marietta’s Sope Creek Trail offers peaceful and challenging trails that are much easier on the wallet as well.

Durham, North Carolina

Durham forms the heart of North Carolina’s Research Triangle and keeps everyone happy with a wide variety of entertainment. Stay right off the interstate at the Hampton Inn & Suites Durham North I-85 before driving into the city. Kids and adults alike love the Life and Science Museum, which features a big outdoor Dinosaur Trail for walking and exploring the Cretaceous Period. Eno River State Park’s wonderful trails and swimming hole in the summer will keep you busy for at least a whole day.

Little Rock, Arkansas

Visit the Arkansas capital and get started with a good budget hotel like Wingate by Wyndham Little Rock. Architecture lovers will love to walk out to take night photos at Junction Bridge. During the day, get out on the Arkansas River Trail with a bike or a nice pair of shoes. Walk around the famed Little Rock Zoo and get interactive or pay your respects at the city’s National Cemetery, where Confederate soldiers eternally rest.

Are you ready to get out and explore these southern outdoor fun places to stay? Which city will be the first that you visit? If you’ve ever spent time in these fabulous places, I’d love to know how the visit went. Either way, I hope you enjoy your trip!

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About the author

Carl Hedinger

I’m a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family’s travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.