Wanting to save a bit of money this year on our vacation, our family decided to head to Tennessee. We spent about 4 days in Knoxville and loved every second of it! First of all, it's a beautiful city! The people were so friendly, the weather was perfect and there was plenty of things for our family to do. We went downtown to the sunsphere, played in the fountains, shopped down on Gay Street, and of course spent some time down in the Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge/Sevierville are about a 30 min ride away from Knoxville and the drive is just gorgeous heading to it. We found hotel rooms for about $50-60 a night and all of them included our breakfast, had a pool, etc.
If you're looking for a family friendly vacation and don't want to go broke on it - head out to Knoxville, you won't regret it one bit!