This is a guest post by Maria Perez of Sew Travel Inspired.
The Volunteer State has plenty to see! Its tourist attractions draw fun-seeking families to destinations across the state. From the birthplace of Rock N’ Roll to the land of the Great Smokies, Tennessee is a travel utopia.
You could spend days, if not weeks, exploring everything Tennessee has to offer. Whether your desire is for music knowledge, a living history lesson, outdoor adventures, or nature experiences, Tennessee can deliver it all.
First on our tour of Tennessee’s 10 must-see attractions, we’ll check out some of the best music venues for families.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland The King made his home in Memphis and for Elvis Presley fans, Graceland is the ultimate pilgrimage. The stately white-columned mansion was home to music legend, Elvis Presley for over 20 years. It is also the second most visited house in the US. (The White House in DC is first.) A trip to Graceland allows you allows you to tour the mansion of Elvis Presley and view his tomb, his car collection, custom jets, and a Vegas and Hawaii concert collection. Families with children under 5 would probably not enjoy this attraction.
Beale Street In 1977, Beale Street in Memphis was officially declared the “Home of the Blues” by an act of Congress. Today the blues clubs, restaurants, and shops that line Beale Street are major tourist attractions. From festivals and outdoor concerts to shopping for that keepsake that you’ll never forget, Beale Street offers an eclectic and unique experience of all things Memphis!
Grand Ole Opry House and Opry Museum Walk where the most famous country stars have walked as they prepared to perform on THE country music stage. Take a daytime tour the Grand Ole Opry in “Music City,” Nashville, TN, or see a performance on Tuesday, Friday, or Saturday.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum The Country Music Hall of Fame is the best
place to learn about over 200 years of country music history. From its early beginnings to the present day, the three-story museum commemorates famous country music stars who have contributed greatly to the development of country music in America. The museum offers two-hour tours, as well as a memorable tour to the historic RCA Studio B, one of the most important recording studios in America.
Now let’s shift gears and visit the Tennessee Great Outdoors. Tennessee’s beautiful parks and natural formations will leave an amazing impression.
Great Smokey Mountains This national park, located in Tennessee and North Carolina, is the country’s most visited park. The park is well-known as an excellent fly fishing spot but popular activities also include sightseeing, horseback riding, and bicycling. To see nature in her full glory, plan your trip in June to witness the Synchronous fireflies. Tens of thousands of fireflies put on a magical night show blinking their lights at dusk in synchronized patterns. This mating ritual only lasts for about two weeks.
Trails and Byways of Tennessee If driving tours are your ticket to fun don’t miss the Trails and Byways of Tennessee. Follow in the footsteps of Native Americans and pioneers, take the routes used by African Americans along the Underground Railroad or drive the roads used to deliver moonshine on one of Tennessee’s officially designated National Scenic Byways. Three statewide and 16 regional trails with names like “Cotton Junction,” “Ring of Fire” and “The Jack Trail” originate in or run through your favorite Tennessee destinations. When it’s time to hit the trail you can decide when, where and how long you want to travel.
Chattanooga Chattanooga has always been known as a premier outdoor destination. Access to some of the nation’s top venues for rock climbing, road and mountain biking, hiking, white-water rafting, hang gliding and more, are all within a short drive of downtown. But Chattanooga has also become known as a place for the serious foodie. The many mouth-watering options range from classic Southern BBQ to seafood to fine dining, even Mexican street food is an option. Coffee houses, breweries, and cafes will all encourage you to slow down and enjoy your vacation at a slower Southern pace. Families will find may kid-friendly restaurants.
Tennessee has been witness to many important events in history.
National Civil Right Museum at the Lorraine Motel This is the history of an uprising that pushed national and international civil rights forward. From slavery, boycotts, assassination, Ku Klux Klan to Black Power is chronicled in this amazing museum.
The Hermitage – the Home of the Peoples President, Andrew Jackson The
Hermitage Plantation was the home of Andrew Jackson, our 7th President and a wealthy slave-owner. It is one of the largest and most visited presidential homes in the United States. Today, original furniture, wallpaper and family possessions give visitors a glimpse of what life was like for the family in the years of Andrew Jackson’s retirement. The Hermitage has welcomed approximately 16 million visitors from around the world since opening as a museum in 1889.
Shiloh National Military Park Shiloh National Military Park preserves the American Civil War battlefields of Shiloh and Corinth. Established in 1894, Shiloh National Military Park remains one the best preserved and most pristine Civil War battlefields. Nearly 110,000 American troops clashed in an epic struggle that resulted in 23,746 killed, wounded, and missing; more casualties than in all of America’s previous wars combined. Shiloh is considered one of the best preserved battlefields in the Nation.
Three American Presidents have called Tennessee home as did the King of Rock N’ Roll. Tennessee was the site of a tragic assignation and the birthplace of the Blues. It contains amazing landscape, magical adventures, and culinary delights. See, learn, experience, and savor Tennessee. A Tennessee vacation will engage all your senses—including your sense of adventure!
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