Tennessee is a state rich in history and culture, and the list of places to visit is endless. Whether you are planning a trip to Music City or the Great Smoky Mountains, you are sure to find plenty to capture your imagination and entertain you for hours. Here are some of the top places to visit in Tennessee.
Memphis has a long musical history. Located along the Mississippi River in the western half of Tennessee, it is probably best known as the location of Graceland, Elvis Presley’s longtime home. There you can take tours of one of the most famous homes in the country, second only to the White House. It features a museum filled with Elvis memorabilia, including his famous private jet named after his daughter, the Lisa Marie. The night life is very active, and live music abounds on Beale Street.
No visit to Tennessee is complete without a stopover in Nashville, home of the Grand Ole Opry House where so many country legends and current stars have performed on stage. Right next door is the Gaylord Opryland Resort featuring an atrium covering two full acres, and bursting with upwards of 10,000 plants. You’re welcome to visit the atrium even if you are not booked into the hotel, and browse the many novelty shops located around the perimeter.
If you’re traveling with children, be sure to check out Lookout Mountain just outside of Chattanooga. Your children will be thrilled to walk through an underground cavern to Ruby Falls, a tall, underground waterfall with reddish tinted water. Another great place to take the children is Fairyland Caverns where a glow-in-the-dark section of the cavern is used to recreate the Mother Goose nursery rhymes. And the Tennessee Aquarium will keep you busy for hours visiting its multiple buildings housing a wide variety of fish, amphibians, and reptiles.
Located near Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a great place to see such diverse wildlife as bears and white-tail deer. There are several historic homesteads within the park boundaries that you can visit, and the breathtaking views from Clingman’s Dome, the highest elevation within the park, are sure to thrill you.
These are just some of the many wonderful places to visit in Tennessee. Whether sports is your thing, or you are more interested in tracing American history through the countryside, Tennessee is guaranteed not to disappoint you.