Sunrise on a fall morning at a dock on the Tennessee River
Rainbow over Gay Street in downtown Knoxville
The Lorraine Motel in Memphis, site of the National Civil Rights Museum
A live concert on Nashville’s famed Broadway, also known as the Honky Tonk Highway
Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley, in Memphis
Overlooking Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Clingmans Dome, the park’s highest point
‘The Year They Walked’ exhibit honoring the Montgomery Bus Boycott at the National Civil Rights Museum
Country music singer Josh Turner greets fans while performing at the historic Grand Ole Opry
The soundtrack of America – made in Tennessee
Made in Tennessee
Music History on Every Corner
When it comes to music, Tennessee is legendary for the foot-tapping, soul-saving kind – blues, bluegrass, country, rock and roll, and everything in between. In Memphis, pay homage to the King at Elvis Presley’s estate at Graceland, or duck into a blues bar on Beale Street. Catch live music at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and get a little bit country at the Grand Ole Opry. Visit Bristol, the Birthplace of Country Music, where the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers found their fame, and check out the schoolhouse-turned-museum honoring Tennessee native Tina Turner in Brownsville.
The Great Outdoors
Discover Appalachian mountain culture, witness the breathtaking beauty of autumn leaves or explore endless hiking trails and peaceful waterfalls. These are all reasons why Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the USA’s most-visited natural treasure. Beyond this famed national park, outdoor thrill-seekers can raft the Ocoee River in Cleveland, zip-line through treetops in Gatlinburg or explore one of the 56 state parks. Don’t miss a chance to take a riverboat cruise on the mighty Mississippi in Memphis.
Southern Cuisine and Beyond
Satisfy your appetite with the made-in-Tennessee flavors of slow-cooked Memphis barbecue and Nashville hot chicken, then wash it all down with oak barrel-aged whiskey at Jack Daniel’s in Lynchburg. Food festivals are plentiful, celebrating everything from cornbread and biscuits to the marshmallow-y goodness of the MoonPie. Of course, there’s barbecue galore to sample, especially at the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, recognized as the largest of its kind in the world. Cold beers are on tap at dozens of craft breweries in Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville, or go for the hard stuff at one of 30 distilleries along the Tennessee Whiskey Trail.
Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the USA.
On December 4, 1956, an impromptu jam session referred to as The Million Dollar Quartet took place at Sun Studio in Memphis. In attendance were Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash.
Every bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey is made from a single spring of water in Lynchburg.