At the crossroads of the deep south and the Appalachian Mountains you will find Tennessee, a long state that borders 8 other states, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. Tennessee is not only filled with beautiful scenery but also has so much to offer in the way of fun, adventure and historic sightseeing. For those of you traveling to this incredible state the history and unique culture will leave you fascinated and glad you made the trip!
Things to DO When Visiting Tennessee
- Graceland- The home of the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley. This mansion includes a multitude of Elvis’s personal items including clothing, music, instruments, cars, and a multitude of pictures and other memorabilia. This is the number one attraction in Tennessee so be sure to make reservations.
- Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage The other home of a famous person. While Andrew Jackson might not be as flashy or as cool as Elvis this mansion and plantation surely doesn’t fail to impress anyone who is wondering what the classic southern plantation looked and operated like.
- Civil War Attractions –Being a state involved in many battles in the Civil War, Tennessee has many Civil War battlefields and museums. This includes the Lotz House Museum and the Carton Plantation, both in Franklin and both playing a vital role in the Battle of Franklin. Also, there is the Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro that ended up with around 23,000 killed at both sides.
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum- Located in the capital of country in Nashville this place explores the history and legends of country music including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Buck Owens, Roger Miller, Hank Williams, and more!
- National Civil Rights Museum- Inside the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, in Memphis, this museum goes over the struggle for civil rights in the South during the 1950s and 1960s.
- Wildlife Parks- Tennessee has the most visited national park! This great place can be found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located in the Appalachians near the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. This place includes 850 miles of hiking with frequent spotting of Black Bear, Elk, and Deer. You can also fish and camp there if you desire. Other natural areas include Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville that allows you to rent all sorts of outdoor equipment to explore the 300 acre park. Last but not least is Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga that offers the longest underground waterfall and Lover’s Leap where you can see the beautiful looks and 7 of the 8 states that border Tennessee.
- Beale St-What Times Square is to New York, Beale St is to Tennessee. This famous street includes the most popular blues clubs and restaurants featuring Memphis’s famous barbecue. For those who prefer the night life and the city this place is necessary for you to visit when you come to Tennessee.
With so many great sights to see and features to explore you will never find yourself wondering what to do while visiting the state of tennesse. Great food and a little of that warm southern hospitaility will have you already planning your next trip!