Tennessee

United States of America
Grand Ole Opry featuring a garden and autumn leaves

Encounter the soul of America in Tennessee, a state that is justly famed for its musical legends, fiery liquors and alluring Great Smoky Mountains.

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 Live music, Sports and Entertainment
Between the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and live shows every night of the week, see and hear why Music City earns its nickname.

Reasons to visit

  • Ryman Auditorium
  • Music City Center
  • Cumberland Park
Gatlinburg featuring forests and a small town or village
Gatlinburg
Known for Rivers, Mountains and Shopping
This picturesque town bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers miles of wilderness, breathtaking scenery and lots of options for adventurers.

Reasons to visit

  • Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
  • Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
  • Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery
Great Smoky Mountain Wheel
Pigeon Forge
Known for Excursions, Shopping and Mountains
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

  • Island at Pigeon Forge
  • Titanic Museum
  • LeConte Center At Pigeon Forge
Memphis which includes a river or creek and a bridge
Memphis
Known for Rivers, Live music and Museums
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

  • Pink Palace Museum
  • Sun Studio
Chattanooga which includes modern architecture, a fountain and a river or creek
Chattanooga
Known for Historical, Mountains and Entertainment
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 Sports, Universities and Football
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.