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Day trip options for Labor Day travel from Knoxville, Tennessee

Labor Day is approaching and there are some great travel ideas for the Knoxville, Tennessee area. Here are five popular day trip options for Labor Day travel that your family may enjoy. Each one of these are family friendly and within a two hour drive from Knoxville.

The mountain towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are nestled in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each one takes about an hour to get to from Knoxville and are great for a Labor Day getaway. They each offer scenery and a wide variety of shopping and entertainment options.

Stop in at the Cherohala Skyway visitor center in Tellico Plains for maps and brochures. The Cherohala takes you through the beauty of the Cherokee National Forest. Be sure to stop by Bald River Falls. It's just off of the Cherohala Skyway. The visitor will be glad to give you directions.

Oak Ridge is known as the "Secret City" for its role in the Manhattan Project. Stop by the American Museum of Science and Energy to learn more about how the city got started. Have a picnic in Bissell Park, ring the International Peace Bell and stay in one of the local hotels. At about an hour away from Knoxville, Oak Ridge has a lot to offer for Labor Day travel.

Take I-75 South and you'll come to Chattanooga. At less than two hours, it's a popular destination for travelers from Knoxville. Visit the Tennessee Aquarium and stop by the visitor center to pick up information on Civil War attractions in Chattanooga.

Head to Cove Lake State Park this Labor Day. Travel on I-75 North to Caryville (exit 134). Camp, fish or enjoy the paved walking trail. There is a playground and lots of activities for the family and hotels right by the exit. Have a meal in the restaurant on the park grounds, Caryville or the nearby towns of Jacksboro or LaFollette.

These are five of the popular Labor Day travel ideas for the Knoxville area. Any of these make good family getaways for the holiday. Which one will you pick?