A travel guide to Tennessee, United States of America providing Tennessee tourism and travel information.
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Overview

Tennessee is known for its rich musical history, having started the careers of a number of famous musicians including Elvis Presley. Elvis' Graceland Mansion is a popular stop for visitors wishing to pay their respects to the King in Graceland's Meditation Garden. Popular country music star Dolly Parton has her own theme park in Knoxville, appropriately named Dollywood. For outdoor recreation, head to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the accommodating town of Gatlinburg. No visit to Tennessee would be complete without a visit to world-famous Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry, where the public can attend a live taping of the world's longest running country music station in an enormous studio.

Travel to eastern part of Tennessee offers an array of attractions and entertainment, recreational opportunities and local celebrations and festivals. This popular destination is home to several urban complexes with big-city attractions. Families with children will particularly enjoy Chattanooga's Knoxville Zoo and nearby Tennessee Aquarium. Dollywood amusement park in Pigeon Forge provides adrenaline-fueled excitement, several annual festivals and top class musical performances. To experience Tennessee's beautiful natural formations up close, consider a guided tour of The Lost Sea, the largest underground lake in America, where guests ride through the enormous, ancient cavern in a glass-bottom boat.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides opportunities for camping, hiking, horseback riding, and more.

Memphis is known historically as the “Birthplace of Rock and Roll” and the “Home of the Blues,” making it a very popular destination for music lovers and history buffs alike. The dazzling Beale Street Entertainment District showcases trendy eateries, hip blues clubs and countless other attractions. The most popular location in Memphis is Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion, which is open to the public and offers guided tours. Graceland is home to the infamous pink Cadillac, an entire building full of trophies and awards, and countless other personal artifacts.  Nearby Sun Studio was used by such musical giants as Elvis, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, and offers tours to the public. Springtime in Memphis means Beale Street Music Festival, three exciting days of blues, gospel, soul and rock performances on several stages.

Nashville, the state capital, is located directly in the center of the state and is home to such prestigious educational institutions as Vanderbilt University and Fisk University. The city boasts a surprisingly intellectual, sophisticated atmosphere and provides countless museums and fine arts attractions and events. However, country music is still king here, and most visitors to the city are attracted by exactly that reason. The city's downtown area is easily accessibly on foot, and the “Citywalk,” a two-mile walking tour of the area, showcases the highlights. The nearby Tennessee State Capitol building and grounds are open to the public for tours.


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