Cheap Flights to Tennessee

Tennessee is known as the birthplace of both country music and rock and roll. The state is also home to the Nantahala and Chattahoochee National Forests, which it shares with neighbouring Georgia and North Carolina. Airport options include Nashville International (BNA), Memphis International (MEM) or Chatanooga Metropolitan (CHA), depending on what part of the state you want to visit. Let Skyscanner's online search engine help you find the best air route, at the best rate, for your Tennessee vacation. Check out hotel and car rental options at the same time.

Best Time to Book a Flight to Tennessee

Much of Tennessee has the warm summers and milder winters of a temperate climate. Nashville, in the centre of the state, averages 26 degrees Celsius in July and 2 degrees Celsius in January. Memphis is similar, even slightly warmer year-round. In the Chattanooga area, which is closer to the mountainous east, summers are hotter, often close to the 40 degree Celsius mark. Winters are consistently below freezing and there tends to be much more snow. Tennessee is a year-round destination so it's possible to find bargains no matter when you visit. It's typically less expensive to fly midweek and to avoid travelling during holiday periods. Skyscanner's Whole Month Search program lets you pull up an entire month's worth of fares for comparison. Being flexible with your travel dates, as well as booking that great fare as soon as you find it, are the best ways to stretch those dollars.

What to Expect When Arriving at Tennessee Airports

  • The Nashville International Airport (BNA) is only 15 kilometres from the centre of Tennessee's capital city. Nashville is often called the "heart of country music" and the airport is where you'll get your first taste. Six entertainment venues are found throughout the three-level terminal with local artists giving impromptu and scheduled performances. The visual arts are also well represented, with both permanent and rotating exhibits on display. Most of the major carriers in the United States, along with Air Canada Express and WestJet, share three concourses connected to the third level of the main terminal. Upon arrival, you'll find baggage claim on the second level and ground transportation outside the first level. Car rentals are in a separate facility adjacent to the terminal and reached via a covered moving walkway. Taxis, available outside the arrival doors, charge a flat $35.00 CAD to downtown Nashville. Various shuttle services are also available.
  • Tucked into the southwest corner of the state, Memphis International Airport (MEM), is the go-to airport for visiting Graceland, the home and final resting place of Elvis Presley. Located 11 kilometres from downtown Memphis, the airport welcomes many of the same carriers as Nashville International, with the exception of WestJet. Air Canada Express does offer service from Toronto-Pearson. One main terminal leads to three concourses, each with several gates. Rental cars services are also located in a Ground Transportation Centre, located near the lower level of Concourse B. Taxis are found outside baggage claim at Concourse B. A taxi coordinator dispatches the cabs. Fares are metered, beginning with a $13.00 CAD flag drop and a $5.00 CAD airport surcharge. Various shuttles are available, including those from individual hotels. Check and see if yours offers transportation service.
  • Bordering Georgia on the southeastern edge of Tennessee is the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA). This part of the state is known for its family-friendly outdoor activities. The easy to navigate single terminal welcomes flights from regional carriers, such as American Eagle, Delta Connection, United Express and Allegiant Air. Located only eight kilometres from downtown Chattanooga, you'll find the usual rental car, taxi and shuttle services, as well as an ATM. Wi-Fi is available at this airport as well as the other two already mentioned.

What to See and Do in Tennessee

  • Walk along the streets of downtown Nashville and immerse yourself in the sounds of country music. You'll find a collection of pubs, dance venues and cafes, each with pretty much non-stop live music from a stage strategically placed near the entrance. If you get a chance take in a show at the Grand Ole Opry, where old-time legends such as Minnie Pearl and George Jones got their start and upcoming pop-country music stars of today continue the tradition. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is worth a look.
  • Memphis is Elvis Presley country, and his family home, Graceland, is one of the top attractions. Take a VIP tour and get access to parts of the home not available to the general public. Or take a self-guided tour of the mansion and the nearby museum that houses Elvis' cars. Memphis is also home to the historic Sun Studios, where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, to name a few, got their start. This studio is considered the birthplace of rock and roll. Hourly tours are given daily.
  • You've probably heard of the song "Chattanooga Choo-Choo." At the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum you'll get the chance to ride on a vintage steam train as it "choo-choos" down the tracks. Check out the Lookout Mountain Caverns and discover Ruby Falls, an underground waterfall that plunges 145 feet within a massive cave. There's more family fun waiting at the Creative Discovery Museum, filled with hands-on exhibits. For a day of thrills and spills, visit the Lake Winnepedaukah amusement park. Roller coasters, a water park and more will keep you entertained.

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