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TennesseeUnited States of America

Grand Ole Opry featuring a garden and autumn leaves

Enjoy country music, family theme parks, Southern hospitalityand the blue ridges of the nation’s most visited park.

Appreciate Tennessee for itsdiversity: lowlands and highlands, fun-filled theme parks and sedate antebellumplantations, country music and one of the nation’s most popular rock festivals.

Nashville is home to the Grand Ole Opry. Attend performances tosee and hear popular country and western stars, rising talent and unknownslooking for big breaks. The city also has an excellent symphony hall and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Visitmusic-focused museums: the Johnny CashMuseum and the Country Music Hall ofFame and Museum. Come to Bonnaroo near Manchesterfor a “really good time” at the four-day music and arts festival.

Make a pilgrimage to ElvisPresley’s home, Graceland, when youvisit Memphis. Other popular musicspots include Sun Studio, Stax Museum ofAmerican Soul Music, Belz Museum and Orpheum Theater. For a more somber, but important stop, see the National Civil Rights Museum – LorraineMotel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

When you meander down the streetsof Gatlinburg you’ll have an almostoverwhelming number of choices of tourist activities. Visit an aquarium, a waxmuseum, a Space Needle, a Sky Lift, a 3-D movie theater andnumerous ice cream and candy shops, restaurants and bars, including whiskeytasting rooms.

Gatlinburg is also the Tennessee gatewayto Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Asyou hike along some of the park’s 800 miles (1,280 kilometers) of trails, lookfor tiny salamanders of 31 different species climbing up hemlock trees. Morethan 10,000 species of plants and animals reside in the park’s diverseenvironment. Drive to Clingmans Dome, the tallest point in the Smokies, walk upa short trail and then climb an elevated spiral walkway to enjoy 360-degreeviews from the observation platform.

Visit Tennessee’s Dollywood, the giant Pigeon Forge theme park owned by DollyParton. Enjoy water slides, roller coasters, live music shows and crafts.Travel around the central village on the Dollywood Express steam train. Pick afestival to attend featuring barbeque and bluegrass, international culture,summer fireworks, gospel and harvest, and the much-loved Smoky MountainChristmas event.

Popular cities in Tennessee

Nashville
Nashville
Known for Shopping, Sports and Theaters
“Music City USA” celebrates its country roots as well as its place on the cutting edge of the current country and pop music scenes. 

Reasons to visit

  • Nashville Broadway
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Belmont University
Memphis which includes a river or creek and a bridge
Memphis
Known for Seafood, Sports and Theaters
Visit the home of the blues movement, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and the place where Elvis Presley spent much of his career. 

Reasons to visit

  • Sun Studio
  • Pink Palace Museum
  • AutoZone Park
Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
Pigeon Forge
Known for Family-Friendly, Seafood and Shopping
On the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this Tennessee town beckons with thrill-seeking adventure, family activities, live entertainment and history.

Reasons to visit

  • Dollywood
  • Island at Pigeon Forge
  • LeConte Center At Pigeon Forge
Chattanooga which includes modern architecture, a fountain and a river or creek
Chattanooga
Known for Shopping, Walking and Tours
This city in Tennessee offers outdoor adventure, historic landmarks and family fun. Visit mountain tops and riverside parks to find out why they call this the Scenic City.

Reasons to visit

  • Chattanooga Riverfront
Knoxville which includes modern architecture and a city
Knoxville
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Family-Friendly
Against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee’s third-largest city honors its World’s Fair past and buzzes with a cool café culture and lively nightlife.

Reasons to visit

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Tullahoma
Tullahoma
Known for Seafood, Family-Friendly and Universities
Tullahoma is calling! Discover its live music, festivals, churches, and more.