Tennessee Visitor's Guide

East Tennessee
Treasured by locals and cherished by guests, East Tennessee has wholesome fun, outdoor adventure, culture and heritage. Take any path in East Tennessee. You’ll end up someplace memorable. Visit vast Cherokee National Forest. Hike the Appalachian Trail. Sing along in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music. Take a whitewater challenge on the Ocoee River. Survey an incredible panorama of nature and history through Chattanooga’s River Gorge, called “Tennessee’s Grand Canyon.” Discover Oak Ridge’s “Secret City.” Capture a laidback vibe at Knoxville’s Market Square, and rev up for the University of Tennessee’s football fever. Festivals here celebrate East Tennessee’s zest for bluegrass, storytelling, the homespun allure of arts and crafts and childlike fun at Dollywood. We’re giddy over glorious blooming dogwood trees, melt-in-your-mouth cornbread and the amazing biscuit. There’s really nothing else quite like East Tennessee. Some great destinations include: Bristol, Chattanooga, Gatlinburg, Johnson City, Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville.

Middle Tennessee
Rich in heritage, culture and scenic beauty, Middle Tennessee provides genuine Southern hospitality and delivers an unparalleled creative music experience. Our music heritage is legendary with the Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum serving as monuments to music’s movers and shakers. Historic RCA Studio B, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the Bluebird Cafe deepen the region’s musical dimensions. See antebellum homes, historic battlefields, trails and one of the nation’s oldest working state capitols. Try some of our great golf courses. Cheer for the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators. Take a hike to one of our gorgeous waterfalls. Toast yourself for discovering the natural beauty of Middle Tennessee from a couple of America’s most famous distilleries, Jack Daniel and George Dickel. There’s a number of new labels on the shelf, too. Learn more about Collier and McKeel, Corsair and Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery.

West Tennessee
Southern and soulful, West Tennessee blends a raw, urban can-do spirit with rural charm, delivering its own rhythm of extraordinary experiences, iconic artists and diverse culture. Friendly small towns plus a few larger ones along the Mississippi River punctuate the stories of West Tennessee’s legendary music, dramatic history and natural wonders. Absorb the “Memphis Sound” as you explore Beale Street nightlife and the unrivaled music history landmarks: Elvis’ Graceland, Sun Studio, Stax Museum and Museum of Rock ‘n’ Soul. After sightseeing, your taste buds will thank you over a generous plate of West Tennessee’s barbecue or a crispy catfish platter. Tread historic land on Civil War battlefields and at the National Civil Rights Museum. Enter a unique ecosystem at surreal earthquake-created Reelfoot Lake, a natural habitat for waterfowl and bald eagles. Indulge all your senses in West Tennessee.

Content from Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

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