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Tennessee’s music, scenic beauty, and history are top reasons the state continues to attract, entertain, and charm the masses. Several genres of American music have their roots and branches here: bluegrass and Appalachian music in the eastern parts of the state; country, Americana, and pop in Nashville; and blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll in Memphis. Elvis Presley recorded his early hits at Sun Studio in Memphis and most of his No. 1 records at Studio B in Nashville. Popular recording artists Sheryl Crow, Jack White, Taylor Swift, and the Black Keys, who all live in Nashville now, thrive on its reputation as "Music City," as do world-famous music attractions that include the Grand Ole Opry, Honky Tonk Row, and Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Enduring entertainment attractions like Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and the newly opened Discovery Park of America in Union City demonstrate Tennessee’s popularity with diverse audiences.

In East Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a world biosphere and Eden for nature lovers, attracting more visitors than any other park in the federal system. Long before there was a park, however, Tennessee was part of the American frontier, where Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and U.S. presidents Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, and Andrew Johnson lived.

The Civil War is commemorated at Shiloh National Military Park, the geographical setting for one of the war’s bloodiest battles. An additional 270 Civil War sites are marked along Tennessee’s Civil War Trail, one of 16 self-driving trails in the Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways system, comprising all 95 counties in the state.

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Chattanooga

Having survived Civil War and catastrophic flooding, Chattanooga became the "Dynamo of Dixie" by the 1940s—a bustling, midsized industrial town...

Gatlinburg

As a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg hosts 35,000 guests a night, who come to witness the wonders that attracted...

Great Smoky Mtns. National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the great wild areas of the eastern United States and the most visited national park in all of...

Memphis

On the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, Memphis is Tennessee's largest city and the commercial and cultural center of the western part...

Nashville

Heralded as Music City, U.S.A., and the country-music capital of the world, Tennessee's fast-growing capital city also shines as a leading center...

Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge, a vibrant resort town 33 miles southeast of Knoxville, is home to more than 200 shopping outlets, a live-theater entertainment...

Henning

The quiet, historic byways north of Memphis seem light-years away from the busy river city. Driving northward along U.S. 51 through the fertile...

Jackson

Jackson, site of several Civil War battles, was also a major railroad hub. It was home to John Luther "Casey" Jones, who was immortalized in...

Savannah

Scenic Savannah, on the bluff of the Tennessee River, is a small, quiet town that exemplifies the charm and grace of Southern life. ...

Shiloh National Military Park

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Tiptonville

Anglers and outdoors lovers of any sort are drawn to Tiptonville, in Tennessee's northwest corner, for its nearby bird and game refuge and...

North Carolina Side

The North Carolina side of the park has a variety of sights and experiences, from high peaks to historical houses. Right at the Oconaluftee...

Tennessee Side

The Tennessee side of the park, like the nearby tourism-oriented communities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, gets a lot of visitors. Some 2...

Side Trips from Memphis

The flatness of the northern tip of the Mississippi Delta is a sharp contrast to East Tennessee's mountains. Cotton and soybeans thrive in the...

Side Trips from Nashville

The middle Tennessee area surrounding Nashville is a pocket of gently rolling Cumberland Mountain foothills and bluegrass meadows. It is one...

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