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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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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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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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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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Jack Daniel's Distillery

Jack Daniel's Distillery

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Go behind the distilling scenes at the oldest registered distillery in the United States: Jack Daniel’s, founded in 1863 in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Learn the history behind the distillery that’s emblematic of Southern culture and find out how the legendary old No. 7 whiskey is made at the source.More
#5
Grand Ole Opry House

Grand Ole Opry House

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From radio broadcast to world-renowned stage show, the Grand Ole Opry showcases genres from country and bluegrass to folk, comedy, and gospel both live and on the radio. Unlike a typical concert, the Grand Ole Opry presents six or more artists during each show, giving the audience a variety of great music at each event. Superstars who have performed here include Patsy Cline, Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, and Carrie Underwood.More
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Music Row

Music Row

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No trip to Nashville is complete without a visit to Music Row. This is the home of the country music industry, with a slew of record labels, radio stations, and recording studios working side-by-side. There are also live venues on or near Music Row, to check out established artists as well as up-and-comers looking to break through.More
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Johnny Cash Museum

Johnny Cash Museum

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Despite its small size, the Johnny Cash Museum manages to hold one of the world’s largest collections of Johnny Cash artifacts. Bill Miller, one of Cash’s closest friends, gathered and cataloged the country music superstar’s memorabilia for decades, resulting in this popular Nashville attraction and Cash-fan pilgrimage site.More
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Centennial Park

Centennial Park

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Like New York’s Central Park and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the lush green landscape of Nashville’s Centennial Park provides welcome refuge from congestion, crowds, and bustling city life. The most notable, and possibly most out-of-place, feature of Centennial Park is its impressive Parthenon replica.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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Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

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No trip to Memphis, Tennessee—often called the birthplace of rock and roll—would be complete without learning about its music history, and the Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum is just the place. Originally a Smithsonian Institute research project, the collection focuses not only on the music itself, but also the artists and socio-economic and racial struggles that led to its creation.More

Trip ideas

The Grand Ole Opry: Virtual Concerts

The Grand Ole Opry: Virtual Concerts

Top activities in Tennessee

Nashville’s Biggest & Wildest Party Public Tractor Tour
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Nashville to Memphis Daytrip with Graceland VIP Tour and Sun Studio Admission
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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Tennessee

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Amazing
Jeff_N, Aug 2021
Ridge Runner Smoky Mountain Helicopter Tour
already making plans to return when family members come to visit me in Tennessee.
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Relaxing and Informative Kayak Tour
Miriam_P, Jul 2021
Chattanooga Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Kayak Tour
He shared local history, places to see and great food options.
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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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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
VICKI_L, 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 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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Great way to start!!
Angela_J, 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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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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