January 8, 2024

10 Weekend Getaway Trips from Memphis, Tennessee

Looking for the best weekend getaway trips from Memphis, Tennessee? I’m rounding up ten of our family’s favorites and why you should add them to your 2024 travel plans!

Ya’ll know I love my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, but I also love a good road trip. And when it’s only 6 or so hours away, it’s perfect for a little weekend trip! With the holidays behind us, it’s the perfect time to start the year off right and take a fun little weekend getaway trip. Whether it’s a couple trip or a family friendly trip, there are tons of great ones nearby!

One of the great things about Memphis is that we are centrally located to SO many great places that are round around 6 hours. Just that short little weekend getaway is great too if you’ve got the travel bug and just have to get away! And there are so many great things to see and do! Today I’m sharing my top 10 favorite locations for a short weekend getaway trip from Memphis.

Top 10 Weekend Getaway Trips from Memphis, TN

1.) St. Louis, Missouri

From the St. Louis Zoo to the Gateway Arch and so much more like museums and loads of parks, St. Louis is an awesome place for a family weekend getaway. It’s a really pretty drive from Memphis as well, a total bonus! There are so many rocks and rolling hills; it’s just beautiful! We’ve been going there yearly since I was a kid. It’s such a great, quick trip that has so much to do for the entire family!

2.) Branson, Missouri

Branson is a place we frequently visit and for good reason. We LOVE Branson. This is where we had our wedding, and a place we visit every year. There is so much to see and do in Branson from amusement parks like Silver Dollar City to shows to hiking. And a bonus is how family friendly the entire area is! Our favorite place to stay is Big Cedar Lodge. It’s perfect for a couples trip or a family getaway.

3.) Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville has long been a favorite place of mine, and now we love to take the kids too. And it is such a blast for them! We typically stay at Gaylord Opryland, and in the winter they have gingerbread decorating, carriage rides, ice tubing, bumper cars, ice skating and more! And year-round they have the indoor water attraction, flatboat rides and scavenger hunts. And during summer, they have the outdoor water attraction. They literally have everything here from tons of great dining, ice cream shops, gift shops and more. It is so family friendly too! And if you stay in the downtown area, it is perfect for a couples or girls trip!

4.) The Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Sevierville and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

We’ve been to the Gatlinburg area since I was a kid, since it’s just on the other side of the state. And now we go every single year and take the kids! This year we went 3 times, and we already have another trip planned back for next year! If you don’t know, Gatlinburg sits just at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains and is absolutely GORGEOUS. There’s lots of fun, outdoorsy things to do and we just love it when we are here! There are plenty of great shows, coasters, rafting, amusement parks like Dollywood and Anakeesta, swimming and hiking to be done here. And it’s super family friendly as well!

5.) Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta is such a great, short little trip. They have so much there to do like Legoland, and it’s just a short drive from where my brother lives. Nearby there is a great zoo, Six Flags, tons of great restaurants, shopping and nice hotels. There are also plenty of great suburbs nearby too you will want to visit. It’s great for a couples trip or a family trip! And nearby, there is tons of great hiking and cabins you can stay in too.

6.) New Orleans, Louisiana

We have always loved a good weekend getaway to NOLA. If y’all haven’t been, it’s honestly a gorgeous place to visit no matter what time of year it is. New Orleans has so much to offer. Amazing restaurants, super interesting history (which includes tons of tours to learn more about that history) and always something happening, you really can’t go wrong here! Our favorite hotel to stay at when we are here is The Royal Sonesta. We haven’t taken the kids yet, but it’s on our list to do very soon now that Grayson is a little older.

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7.) Birmingham, Alabama

Only a few hours drive from Memphis, Birmingham is a favorite of ours. They have great dining, the great golf courses, hotels, rolling hills, hiking, and the entire area is pretty family friendly as well. Our favorite hotel is Renaissance Ross Bridge. We love it for family trips or for a couples trip too.

8.) Dallas, Texas

We love Dallas! It is only a 7 hour drive, and it is a great place to spend the weekend. They have tons of great shopping, wonderful hotels, amazing food, and honestly there are so many more great places within driving distance of Dallas too that you’ll want to cross off your list sometime too. We sometimes stay in Grapevine too when visiting. They have the Gaylord Texan there, and it is super family friendly too. They have a small waterpark outdoors too. The entire area is just beautiful, and the weather is typically nice and warm. You can always find something new and some place to visit here.

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9.) Oxford, Mississippi

Only a short hour drive away, Oxford is a great spot for a quick little getaway! This little town is so charming and has so much to offer! And it is still constantly growing. They have a couple great hotels, really cute boutiques, great bars and restaurants on the square and you can always watch Ole Miss play. Matt and I have loved our couples trips there, but it’s super family friendly and walkable on the square too. The Oliver Hotel is my favorite hotel in town.

10.) Hot Springs, Arkansas

Hot Springs is a growing area, and that won’t be changing anything soon. Known for its natural springs and bath houses, it is also known for its thoroughbred racing. Hot Springs was the first national park in the U.S, so they have plenty of great hiking and views. And they also have some beautiful hotels, great airbnbs and some great dining and shopping downtown. It is super friendly but also a great spot for couples. Our favorite spot to stay is the Waters Hotel.

Have you been to any of these places? Let me know which are your favorite weekend trips from Memphis.


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