Tennessee – otherwise known as the Volunteer State - is bordered by Kentucky and Virginia in the north, North Carolina in the east, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi in the south, and Arkansas and Missouri in the west.
More songs are written, recorded, and played live in Tennessee than anywhere else in the world. It’s home to Dolly Parton, Evis Presley, and Taylor Swift – just to name a few of the great musical icons! Assisting you with your music-themed itinerary, 16 Tennessee Music Pathways connect you to the people, places, and events that shaped music history.
In East Tennessee, Bristol is the birthplace of country music. In Middle Tennessee, head to the state’s capital – Nashville. Known as Music City, here you can discover live music 365 days a year at the Honky Tonks, but you’ll also find Americana, rock, pop, hip hop, and just about any other genre of music at a variety of venues around town. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum which is one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to country music, and check out the new National Museum of African American Music. A trip to Nashville wouldn’t be complete without walking the halls of the Grand Ole Opry, and the Ryman Auditorium where bluegrass was born. West Tennessee is home to Memphis – here you just need to step onto Beale Street and you’re immediately immersed in music creativity. Visit the USA’s second most popular attraction (after the Whitehouse!) – home of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Elvis Presley’s Graceland.
Come to Tennessee for the great outdoors. Hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, fishing, waterfall trails and wildlife viewing can all be found here across the state’s 15 national parks and 56 state parks. If you love chasing waterfalls – there’s 500 of them to be explored! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has more than 1,600 species of flowering plants, a dazzling array of wildlife including a healthy and growing black bear population, and a timbered, rugged landscape that opens to stunning vistas at nearly every turn.
Tennessee pays homage to The Civil Rights Movement – a significant part of Southern USA’s past – with 12 of the stops on the Civil Rights Trail being within this state. You can follow in the footsteps of the brave men and women who brought words to action through peaceful protests and legal actions, from Memphis to Nashville, ending in the quiet but historically significant town of Clinton in East Tennessee.
From mouth-watering Memphis Barbecue, the Tennessee Whisky Trail, Southern comfort foods, foodie events and festivals, and more, Tennessee is a culinary mecca for food lovers to enjoy.
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