Tennessee is both a beautiful and historic state, rich in national history and music history. There are beautiful regions such as Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in the mountains to see and all the famous sights of Memphis, to include of course the home of Elvis Presley. Let’s take a look at what you won’t want to miss.
Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and few people don’t know that it is also the ‘capital’ of country western music. Here the legends and greats have played for years and there are many landmarks to see from this industry. The Grand Old Opry, the Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame. And before the music industry took on a life of its own, Nashville had its own long and illustrious history which can be enjoyed in part by visiting the state capital and the state museum
Memphis is the birthplace of the blues and home of Elvis Presley, so you won’t want to miss either. On Beale Street the first written blues notes were written down, and Graceland, home of Elvis Presley, draws visitors from around the world. From Graceland you can take a bus to the famous Sun Records, now a museum, where Elvis, Johny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, to name but a few, recorded. Memphis also has sunny weather and hospitality, lots of fine dining (try the barbeque), and art galleries and museums, including the National Civil Rights Museum. It also has an outstanding zoo for the children.
Gatlinburg is a scenic getaway right in the heart of the Great Smokey National Park. Here are all the wonderful mountain things to do: hiking, white water rafting, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, exploring the wild, and much, much more. The Gatlinburg Space Needle is also fun to visit, riding to the top for a stunning view. And the kids will enjoy the amusement center nearby. Among many other things, the Ripley Aquarium is fun for everyone and Cades Cove is not to be missed.
In nearby Pigeon Forge there is also great mountain beauty and fun things to do. Fans of Dolly Parton won’t want to miss Dollywood, an amusement park and so much more, with live entertainment galore, all created by the legendary Dolly Parton. Hill Billy Village, the nearby The Lost Sea and The Apple Barn restaurant are also all fun family things to do.
In addition to all of this, there are numerous public lands under the National Park Service, many of which commemorate sites of important historic battles in the Civil War. Many of these battles were Union victories, turning the tide of the War, and are interesting to visit.
So if its history, music, music history or the beautiful out of doors, Tennessee is the place for you.