Tennessee

Tennessee offers a temperate year-round climate and a wealth of outdoor recreation, particularly in the area surrounding Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the state’s southeast corner. Music takes center stage in Nashville, with its wealth of downtown spots for live music, Country Music Hall of Fame and the legendary Ryman Auditorium. Head to Memphis’ Beale Street for more great live music. The city along the Mississippi River is also home to Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley and Sun Studios, where Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis got their start.

This destination in Hohenwald, Tennessee, provides an engaging, hands-on learning experience for kids and grownups.

Country music singer and actress Dolly Parton’s theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, shines during the holidays with over 5 million lights. 

This attraction in Union City, Tennessee, is part science center, part natural history museum and part regional culture and art showplace

This attraction in Knoxville, Tennessee, showcases the rich and diverse visual culture of East Tennessee and Southern Appalachia. 

This museum in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, is dedicated to the life and music of the Man in Black. 

This fun museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, offers visitors the chance to take photos with celebrities past and present.

Three state parks within easy driving distance from Sparta, Tennessee, offer opportunities to see waterfalls.

The 300-plus-acre park in Knoxville, Tennessee, lets families experience nature without leaving the city. 

This Gatlinburg, Tennessee, favorite is home to more than 100,000 exotic sea creatures representing 350 different species. 

This family-friendly museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, shares the behind-the-scenes stories of America’s most notorious villains and artifacts such as a 1963 Harley-Davidson police motorcycle.