21 February 2019
Tennessee mixes historic and modern in places like Memphis, Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga. Look for Civil War sites, civil rights monuments, head to one of the many world-class cultural venues, pay your pilgrimage to Graceland and savour some Jack Daniels and barbecue at one of the state’s many trendy food and drink spots. Here are our top five things you can’t miss during a visit to Tennessee:
Breathe in the Fresh Air of the Great Outdoors
Discover Appalachian mountain culture, witness the beauty of endless hiking trails and peaceful waterfalls. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the USA’s most-visited natural treasure. Beyond the national park, thrill-seekers can raft the Ocoee River in Cleveland, zip-line through treetops in Gatlinburg or explore one of the state’s 56 state parks. You can also take a riverboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi in Memphis!
Tap Your Feet to the Beat at the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country music stage concert in Nashville, founded on November 28, 1925, by George D. Hay as a one-hour radio "barn dance" on WSM. Dedicated to honouring country music’s rich history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of contemporary chart-toppers and country legends. It is currently owned and operated by Opry Entertainment, and is the longest running radio broadcast in US history and is Tennessee’s number one attraction.
Dance Like No-One’s Watching on Beale Street
Beale Street in Memphis is filled with the sounds of live music coming from every door. Stroll the Brass Notes Walk of Fame, filled with 150 notable names in Memphis music from Robert Johnson and Ma Rainey to B.B. King and Justin Timberlake. Beale Street is open seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Celebrate the Birth City of Country Music
Straddling the border between Tennessee and Virginia, the town of Bristol is where music producer Ralph Peer recorded the earliest sounds of what would become country music genre back in 1927. Whether you are a fan of country music or not, you will enjoy the exhibits at this immersive music museum.
Can’t Help Falling in Love With a Visit to Graceland
Only in Tennessee can you visit the mansion estate where Elvis Presley lived from 1957 until his death in 1977. It’s the second-most visited home in the country, second only to the White House, the home of the U.S. president in Washington, D.C. As well as a tour of the mansion, you’ll see Elvis’ career museum and auto museum, you can climb aboard his airplanes and pay your respects at his gravesite.
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