Tennessee

There’s no doubt about it, Tennessee has got soul. Home to some of the greatest country music landmarks, great food and endless attractions to keep the whole family entertained, Tennessee is a southern belle of a state. Starting with the capital of Nashville, you’ll find a thriving music scene, charm and culture. The Honky Tonk Highway is one of the best places down south to catch some live music and a meal, and clubs like Tootsie's Orchid Lounge and Rippy’s Smokin’ Bar and Grill are known the whole state over. For history, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a great spot, or take a tour of RCA Studio B where Elvis recorded most of his hits. There’s also the Johnny Cash Museum, and the fascinating Ryman Auditorium, nicknamed the “Mother Church of Country Music”, and the

famous Grand Ole Opry where you can see some of the south’s finest modern country and blues legends.Tennessee is a sunshine state and you’ll catch plenty of outdoor music and entertainment here. In Nashville you’ve got the weekly Bluebird on the Mountain, Music in the Vines at Arrington Vineyards, and Live on the Green at Public Square Park – all fantastic outdoor festivals suitable for the whole family. If that’s not enough soul for you, there’s Memphis, the home of The King. Sat on the banks of the Mississippi River, Memphis is famous for its rock ‘n’ roll roots and Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and B.B. King all recorded albums here at the legendary Sun Studio.

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There’s also Elvis Presley’s Graceland home – open to the public and one of the south’s top attractions, as well as the Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Blues Hall of Fame. In Chatanooga there’s the magnificent Mount Lookout with its fun railway weaving in and out of the Appalachian Mountain Range. There’s plenty of fascinating Civil War landmarks here as well as the incredible Tennessee Aquarium which makes a great afternoon out for the whole family.

For outdoors lovers there’s the gorgeous Great Smoky Mountains National Park where you can hike past waterfalls and wildlife along part of the famous Appalachian Trail. Or you’ve got Fall Creek Falls State Park, the largest in Tennessee, where many people head for hiking, or camping in log cabins. A holiday to Tennessee is one filled with warmth and charm. As the home of country music and rock ‘n’ roll, but with plenty of gorgeous nature and fun activities, this is one of America’s most welcoming states

Things to do in Tennessee

10 facts about Tennessee

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Tennesseeans are sometimes nicknamed ‘Butternuts’, which dates back to the American Civil War when the state’s soldiers would wear a tan coloured uniform.

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Eat like the King at Kooky Canuck of Memphis, where you can partake in the challenge of finishing a 4lb, 12,000 calorie burger in under an hour.

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Shelby County has more horses per person than any other county in Northern America – plenty of places to go riding then!

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In Nashville's Centennial Park is the world’s only full-scale replica of the Athens Parthenon.

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The Tennessee Aquarium has over 7,000 animals and is the biggest aquarium to focus entirely on fresh water marine creatures.

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The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville is the longest running live radio show in the world. It’s been going since 1925.

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The Ocoee River is one of the finest white-water rafting spots in America and was the host of the 1996 Olympic white water canoe/kayak competition.

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Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley is the second most visited house in the entire country.

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Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated at The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. Today you can learn the history of the American Civil Rights Movement.

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Reelfoot Lake is said to be the "Turtle Capital of the World" due to its thousands of types of turtle including stinkpots, sliders, mud and map turtles.

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