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 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. 

Explore a beautiful and intricate cave system that leads 140 feet below the surface in Sweetwater, Tennessee.

Once the home of the Grand Ole Opry, this downtown Nashville landmark still hosts live performances and offers tours. 

Just short drive from Gatlinburg, this section of Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the Tennessee-North Carolina border and offer incredible views.