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Welcome to Tennessee

Tennessee is a road-tripper's dream: Visitors can wind their way down from the Appalachian mountains to the rivers and corn fields below, stopping at cities spaced just far enough apart for a rest, refuel, and repeat. Along the way, nature enthusiasts will fall in love with hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, river rafting on Pigeon River, and opportunities for adventure amid the rivers and foothills of the eastern part of the state, punctuated by the cities of Knoxville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Chattanooga. Views of the blue-hued mountains from the many stopping points along the roads near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are not to be missed—or for something special, see the landscape from above by helicopter.

Top 10 attractions in Tennessee

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Tennessee Aquarium

Tennessee Aquarium

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Taking you on a journey from a mountain stream to the sea, the Tennessee Aquarium is spread across two buildings—one focused on rivers and the other on oceans. In both, you can discover an array of exhibits highlighting habitats, native creatures, threats, and conservation strategies.More
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Mysterious Mansion

Mysterious Mansion

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In the kitschy Smokey Mountain town of Gatlinburg, the family-owned and operated Mysterious Mansion is a haunted dwelling that has delighted in frightening visitors year-round since 1980. The three-story Victorian mansion on River Road, a block from the entrance road to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, incorporates antique shop finds, fake bloody skulls, live actors, fog machines and strobe lights to catch visitors off-guard. Tours of the mansion are always self-guided and not recommended for very young children.The labyrinthine interior includes secret passageways, creaking staircases and rooms of gore carefully curated by the descendants of the house’s original owners. Visitors rave about the frighteningly passionate live actors, but lament that the scares don’t last longer – tours take an average of 15 to 20 minutes.More
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Downtown Nashville

Downtown Nashville

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Music City’s lively downtown doesn’t disappoint. Nashville’s entertainment hub is home to a who’s who of restaurants, hotels, and cultural hot spots, including the Frist Art Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. After dark, live music takes over the bars of Honky Tonk Highway.More
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Graceland

Graceland

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The second most-visited home in the United States (behind only the White House), Graceland was home to Elvis Presley during the height of his career. Although the rock ’n’ roll singer and pop culture icon died in the white-columned mansion in 1977 at the age of 42, touring the wacky rooms of this 17,552-square-foot (1,630-square-meter) estate offers insight into the mind of The King, who is buried in the estate's Meditation Gardens.More
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Beale Street

Beale Street

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From 1920 to 1940, artists descended on Beale Street to collaborate, creating a new music style that blended smooth jazz with hard-charging rock 'n' roll. This mix eventually gave birth to the blues, a new and distinctly American genre of music that gradually made its way into the United States' pop culture mainstream. A visit to today's Beale Street, now a U.S. National Historic Landmark District, allows travelers to check out the blues clubs that served as the launching sites for some of the most famous American blues musicians of all time.More
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Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium

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Known as the “Mother Church of Country Music,” Ryman Auditorium helped transform Nashville into a legendary music destination. Since 1892, the venue has hosted notable stars such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Van Morrison, and Minnie Pearl. Today, visitors can tour the 2,362-seat auditorium, visit the museum, or catch a live show.More
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Titanic Pigeon Forge

Titanic Pigeon Forge

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Have you ever wondered what it was like aboard the RMS Titanic? Wonder no longer. At the Titanic museum, a two-story museum built half-scale (in a pool, to create the illusion of the big ship at sea), you can take a 2-hour self-guided tour designed to give you the sensation of being an original passenger on the ship’s 1912 maiden voyage. As you enter, you’ll be given a boarding ticket. Your ticket has the name and travelling class of one of the ill-fated ship’s actual passengers, whose story you will learn as you pass through the museum.At the end of the tour in the Titanic Memorial Room you’ll have a chance to check if your boarding pass belonged to a shipwreck survivor, or to one of the less-fortunate passengers. Because more than half of the Titanic’s two-thousand-plus survivors perished, the likelihood of ‘your’ survival is fairly low. (Young children are issued boarding passes that belonged to survivors, as to not totally bum them out.) The museum, which is the largest permanent Titanic museum in the world, holds 400 pre-discovery artefacts (a.k.a. belongings that were recovered floating in the water) in twenty galleries. The personal natures of the items on display closely tie into the individual stories represented at the museum. In the interactive exhibits you’ll get a real feeling for what it might have been like as a passenger on that ship.More
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Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

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From Elvis Presley to Dolly Parton, Nashville's stars have earned the place its title as “Music City,” and you can dive into that history and culture at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Learn about the best of this classic American music genre with historic video clips, recorded music, and a menu of live performances and public programs.More
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Peabody Hotel Ducks

Peabody Hotel Ducks

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Peabody Hotel has some unique permanent guests in the famous "Peabody Ducks," who live on the hotel’s rooftop and perform a march toward the Grand Lobby twice daily. The tradition dates to 1933 when the general manager returned from a hunting trip and placed several live duck decoys in the hotel’s fountain. The guests’ positive response prompted their stay.More
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National Civil Rights Museum

National Civil Rights Museum

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Built around the former Lorraine Motel—where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968—the National Civil Rights Museum immediately conveys its cultural and historical significance to all who visit. Exhibits chronicle some of the most important episodes of the Civil Rights Movement, including the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, the Little Rock Nine, Montgomery Bus Boycotts, and the famous sit-ins of the 1960s.More

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The Grand Ole Opry: Virtual Concerts

The Grand Ole Opry: Virtual Concerts

How to Spend 2 Days in Nashville

How to Spend 2 Days in Nashville

Top activities in Tennessee

Nashville’s Biggest & Wildest Party Tractor Tour with Dance Floor & Onboard Bar
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General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
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Nashville "Homes Of The Stars" Narrated Bus Tour with 30+ Celebrity Homes
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Explore the City of Nashville Tour by Golf Cart
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Nashville Combo Tour: Sightseeing, Murals, and Brewery
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Mural Art Tour of Nashville by Golf Cart
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Zipline Forest at Nashville North
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Recent reviews from experiences in Tennessee

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GOOD TIMES!
Rob_B, May 2021
Nashville Hop On Hop Off Trolley Tour
Sam did an amazing job explaining all the different attractions.
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Relaxing and Informative Kayak Tour
Miriam, Jul 2021
Chattanooga Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Kayak Tour
He shared local history, places to see and great food options.
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Great experience!!
Emily_R, May 2021
Nashville to Jack Daniel's Distillery Bus Tour with Whiskey Tastings
The bus ride there was cool because we got to see a different part of Tennessee that we could not experience staying in Nashville.
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Very knowledgeable guide and Kurt offered the history of Nashville
Nancy, Mar 2020
Germantown Food and Sightseeing Walking Tour in Nashville
Very friendly and offered tips of various restaurants and sites to visit while in Nashville.
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Superb day
VisitorVicki, Sep 2018
Nashville to Jack Daniel's Distillery Bus Tour with Whiskey Tastings
This was one of our main reasons for taking the trip and get us out of the city to see the other side of living.
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One of the best tours we had in...
Diane B, May 2017
Ryman Auditorium "Mother Church of Country Music" Self-Guided Tour in Nashville
Such a historical place to visit and I can understand how important as an artist it is to be allowed to perform there.
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we had the best time on the bus...
Ben M, May 2013
Memphis City Tour with Riverboat Cruise & Sun Studio Admission Add-On Options
Yolanda made it a lot of fun we got to see the Elvis mansion and just all different kinds of facts about Memphis Tennessee it was great I recommend it to everybody.
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Great way to start!!
angiej3812018, Aug 2019
Taste of Nashville Food & Sightseeing Tour
It was a great start to our trip and I would highly recommend this event if you want to visit Nashville!!
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Favorite part of my day!
schumacheralexandra, Jul 2018
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
My mother and I decided to go to Tennessee for vacation this summer and we found this attraction online, and am very glad we went.
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One of the best tours I have taken...
J Toby, Aug 2017
Famous Moonshine Tour From Pigeon Forge
He had several suggestions on great places to eat and things to do in town and places to visit.
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