The state of Tennessee is rich in heritage and boasts an array of entertainment, nature, fun places, and culture from one end to the other.
Whether you take a road trip to explore the entire state or pick one area to explore, you will not be disappointed in what Tennessee has to offer.
If you plan to visit Tennessee soon, here are 5 great reasons.
1. Home of Country Music
Tennessee is probably most famous for its music, and Nashville is known as the home of country music or “Music City”. Aspiring singers and songwriters arrive daily to pursue their dreams.
Nashville is also the home of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame. The Grand Ol’ Opry is also in Nashville and still holds weekly concerts to the delight of all who attend.
Dolly Parton also grew up in Tennessee. Her childhood home is still there and is the focal point leading into her theme park, Dollywood.
If you are interested in both dinner and music, be sure to check out Gatlinburg dinner shows.
2. The Great Smoky Mountains
One of the best things to do in Tennessee is to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is full of winding trails, mountain tops, flowing rivers and beautiful waterfalls.
Tennessee’s natural beauty lends to a variety of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by all the members of your family or traveling party.
Visting Tennesee is not complete without a stop at Graceland. Elvis Presley made his home there for years, and after his death, a portion of it was opened as a museum for the public.
You can take a tour of the home and gardens and learn all about the life of this music legend. Memphis is also the birthplace of the blues where BB King and Otis Redding both recorded their music.
One of the best all-time favorite Tennesee activities for sports fans is watching the Titans play football.
This NFL team moved from Houston in 1997 as the Tennessee Oilers but changed their name to the Tennessee Titans in 1998. Headquartered in Nashville, the team made it all the way to the playoffs in 2019.
5. History Lesson
Much of the civil war was fought on the soil of Tennessee. It is also the home of three presidents (Andrew Jackson, James Polk, and Andrew Johnson). Each has a museum in their honor at the site of their homes.
The National Civil Rights Museum is located in Memphis and was built at the spot of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Also in Memphis is the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. It was originally known as the Burkle Estate and was said to have been a stop along the way for slaves escaping to the north for their freedom.
Visit Tennessee – For the Fun of It
Whether you are looking to backpack, listen to music, visit a water park, or stroll back in time, a trip to visit Tennessee will have just what you are looking for.
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