Take Your Pick
Camden, TN
I Go Walkin' After Midnight
Patsy Cline Crash Site - On March 5th 1969 Patsy Cline (Virginia Patterson Hensley) along with Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Randy Hughes were flying to Nashville in a single engine airplane, crashed and lost their lives. Patsy was a country music super-star at the time with her hits, "Crazy", "Walkin' After Midnight" and "I Fall to Pieces". She is still considered one of the most influential female vocalists of our time. Her death shocked Nashville, but it wasn't a surprise to her. For years Patsy had told friends of her premonitions about her death even saying she probably wouldn't live past the age of 30.
Chattanooga, TN
A Colorful Underground Waterfall
Ruby Falls - Formed over 200 million years ago, Lookout Mountain Cavern is a geological wonder. And deep in the heart of the cavern, over 1,100 feet below Lookout Mountain, is the 145 foot waterfall Ruby Falls. Ruby Falls is advertised as the "tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public". The falls was discovered by Leo Lambert while digging an elevator shaft to another cave in the mountain. After discovering the waterfall he promptly named it after his wife Ruby. When visiting today Ruby Falls is lit by ever changing lights that make for an even more dramatic view.
Chattanooga, TN
To the Moon....Pie
Lookout Mountain Incline Railway - The best way to climb Lookout Mountain is to board the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, then sit back and enjoy the ride. The trolley-style railcar carries you up a one mile track at a 72.7% grade. At the top you will enjoy a spectacular view of Tennessee River Valley. Finished in 1895, the railway is touted as the "World's Steepest Passenger Railway". The only way to make this better is to munch on a Chattanooga made MoonPie on the way up.
Columbia, TN
Home of Our 11th President
James K Polk Home - This Federal style brick house is the only surviving residence of President James K Polk (excluding the White House of course). Built by James' father Samuel, and completed in 1816, Polk lived here and honed his political and legal skills until he became our 11th President of the United States in 1845. Inside the home are over 1,000 personal Polk objects, including a Presidential seal table, the inaugural Bible, Mexican War artifacts and various White House memorabilia. A tour ticket allows you to see the Polk home and gardens along with his sister's home located nearby.
Gatlinburg, TN
The Most Visited National Park
Great Smoky Mountain National Park - Enjoyed by nearly 10 million people annually, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited National Park in the USA. That's more than double the visitors of second place finisher, the Grand Canyon. Located on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina the park hosts a portion of the Appalachian Trail in its nearly 800 miles of hiking trails. There are many reasons to visit the park in addition to the hiking trails there is diverse wildlife, great picnic areas and tons of wildflowers. But the number one attraction is simply sightseeing, especially during Fall foliage season. With over 100 species of trees, the mountain is set ablaze with color every autumn.
Gatlinburg, TN
Just a Good Ol' Boy
Cooter's Place - The "Duke's of Hazzard" are alive and well in the Smoky Mountains at Cooter's Place. Ben Jones played Cooter Davenport, the Hazzard County Mechanic, in the good ol' boy sitcom-action-drama. He would spend his time on the show helping Bo and Luke Duke out of the heap of trouble they got themselves into. At Cooter's place you will find an assortment of t-shirts, hats, photos and of course the world famous 1969 Dodge Charger, the General Lee.
Greeneville, TN
Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site - Our 17th President, Andrew Johnson is honored with the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. The site encompasses several blocks of the city of Greenville and contains two of Andrew Johnson's homes, a visitor center containing his tailor shop, a statue, a birthplace replica and the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery where the President is interred. Vice President Johnson became President after the assassination of President Lincoln April 15, 1865 and served until 1869. He was impeached by the House of Representatives in 1868, but acquitted by the Senate. Near the end of his term on December 25, 1868 he granted full amnesty to all Confederate soldiers.
Hohenwald, TN
Where Meriwether Lewis Died
Meriwether Lewis Monument - Meriwether Lewis, half of the Lewis and Clark expedition team that traversed America from coast to coast, is laid to rest on this site. There is some controversy surrounding his death, it is assumed he committed suicide, but some evidence points to his murder. What is known is that on the night of October 10, 1809 Lewis was in his guest room and two gunshots were fired. A few hours later when servants entered his room he was found bleeding on the floor with one gunshot to the head and one to the side. He died a short time later.
Knoxville, TN
The Sunsphere in World's Fair Park
World's Fair Park - World's Fair Park in downtown Knoxville was the site of the 1982 World's Fair. The fair had an energy theme so they built a tower topped with a huge golden ball to represent the sun, then aptly named it the Sunsphere. The Sunsphere stands 266 feet tall, has 360 gold windows, and has become the symbol of Knoxville. Inside the Sunsphere are five levels of usable space, two are open to the public, the 4th floor observation deck and the Skybox bar and lounge.
Limestone, TN
In Search of Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park - The Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park is 105 acres containing a museum, picnic area, and a replica of the house in which Davy Crockett was born in 1786. Davy Crockett is the legendary frontiersman and politician that joined the Texas Revolution and subsequently died at the Alamo in San Antonio. He was known as a larger-than-life folk hero even while he was alive. His hero status grew even bigger with the release of the 1955 Walt Disney film "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" which contained a song we can still sing along with, "Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier".
Lynchburg, TN
The Safe that Killed Jack
Jack Daniel's Distillery - A trip to Tennessee wouldn't be complete without stopping in at the Jack Daniel's Distillery. Take a tour of the grounds where one of the world's best-selling whiskeys is made. See how the charcoal is created, the water is drawn, the sour mash is fermented, and the whiskey is distilled. Don't miss the opportunity to smell the 170 proof "moonshine" before it is filtered. It will curl your monkey toes. Some things aren't known about Jack Daniel, his birthday or where he came up with the famous name "Old No 7", but how he died is. It's said that Jack, after an unsuccessful attempt at opening his safe, gave it a swift kick. The kick broke his toe causing an infection that turned gangrene and eventually killed him. He is buried in the Lynchburg Town Cemetery.
Memphis, TN
As it was on April 4, 1968
National Civil Rights Museum - Located in the Lorraine Motel where the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, the National Civil Rights Museum chronicles the Civil Rights Movement. The museum has exhibits from the earliest slave uprisings to the "I have a Dream" speech. The exterior of the hotel and the room where King stayed the night before he was assassinated looks like it did that fateful day. Across the street, in another section of the museum, visitors can stand where the gunman, James Earl Ray stood.
Memphis, TN
B.B. King Blues Club
Beale Street - Beale Street is the official home of the blues and a great place to wonder from bar to bar and listen to some fantastic bands play their version of the Memphis Blues. Step into B.B. King's Blues Club where B.B. still makes appearances; then check out the Blues City Cafe, or the Rum Boogie Cafe. You really can't go wrong with any of the restaurants or bars that line this nearly two mile strip. Every May the Beale Street Music Festival kicks off the party season with some of the best blues bands in the country. And don't forget to visit the home of W.C. Handy, and pay tribute to the world-famous "Father of the Blues".
Memphis, TN
Still the King After All These Years
Graceland - Elvis may have left the building, but Graceland still looks the way it did when he left. The King lived in this 23 room, 17 acre estate 20 years, from 1957 until his death in 1977. Now, between half a million and a million visitors tour the mansion each year. The tour which starts across the street from Graceland, takes you through the first floor of the house and then to the basement. After that you see the infamous "jungle room" with its green shag carpeted floor and ceiling, ceramic monkeys, and tacky furniture. Then in the trophy room and what once was a racquetball court, are gold records, jumpsuits, movie posters and everything Elvis. There is something here for the diehard Elvis fan and the casual listener.
Nashville, TN
Touring the Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry - Since 1925, the Grand Ole Opry has been playing the nation's country music favorites on its weekly radio show. This makes it the longest continuous running radio show in the USA and Nashville's number one attraction. The weekly shows feature up-and-coming talent and some of your old favorites. To get the most out of the Opry, take a tour during the day to witness the "behind the scenes" workings. Then at night catch one of your favorite musical artists live in concert. The entire Opry Entertainment Complex is made up of the Grand Ole Opry House, the Acuff Theater, the Opry Museum and the Opry Plaza.
Nashville, TN
Double Arch along the Natchez Trace
Double Arch Bridge (Natchez Trace) - Located on the Natchez Trace at marker 438 is a breathtaking Double Arch Bridge over Highway 98. This elegantly designed structure was constructed using concrete segments and spans 1,648 feet from end-to-end. It is as much a work of art as a working bridge. The gentle sloping arches offer a dramatic view across the grassy valley more than 150 feet below.
Nashville, TN
The Volunteer State Capitol Building
State Capitol Building - The State Capitol Building of Tennessee is set high on a hill in downtown Nashville and offers a majestic profile during sunset. Designed by architect William Strickland and completed in 1959, this Greek Revival style building helps make Nashville the "Athens of the South". Speaking of Athens, the tower on top of the capitol was inspired by the monument Lysicrates in Athens Greece. On the grounds around the capitol is the tomb of President and Mrs. James K Polk and statues of Presidents Andrew Jackson and Andrew Johnson.
Nashville, TN
Athens of the South
Parthenon (Centennial Park)- Can't make it to Greece to see the Parthenon atop the Acropolis? Well Nashville can solve that problem, come visit the city's full-scale replica. Originally built as a temporary exhibit in 1897 for Tennessee's Centennial Exposition, it became so popular they made it a permanent structure in 1920. This magnificent building is a located in the 130 acre Centennial Park just west of the city. Inside the Parthenon is a 42 foot tall gold leaf full-scale replica of the goddess Athena which is truly stunning. The Parthenon also serves as Nashville's art museum, housing the Cowan Collection of American Paintings.
Pigeon Forge, TN
Just Outside Dollywood
Dollywood - Dolly Parton is known for two big things, her voice and her Dollywood theme park. What were you thinking? Dollywood is an amusement park with roller coasters, water rides and my personal favorite ride "Timber Tower" (a unique falling space needle). There are also variety of musicals and festivals throughout the year including "Smoky Mountain Christmas", "KidsFest", and "Festival of Nations". And if you are a really lucky monkey, you will be able to see Dolly perform on stage right here at Dollywood.
Shiloh, TN
A Monument of Shiloh
Shiloh National Military Park - About a year into the American Civil War the Union Army met the Confederates in the small town of Shiloh for control of a critical railroad junction. The two day battle on April 6th and 7th 1862, resulted in nearly 24,000 men from both armies killed, wounded or missing. The Confederates began with a surprise attack and immediately gained the upper hand. But by that afternoon the Federalists established a strong line and repelled the attacking Rebels. In the end the US forces prevailed in controlling the railroad junction, but failed to crush the Confederate Army. Today the park preserves the battlefield with monuments marking the major battle areas.
Sweetwater, TN
Sitting on the Bear's Claw
Lost Sea - The Lost Sea is the largest underground lake in the US and the second largest underground lake in the world (the largest is in Namibia, Africa). The lake was originally discovered by Ben Sands, a thirteen-year-old boy who crawled through a small opening in the cave. Today you get to the lake through a bright yellow steel tunnel and traverse a winding path. Along the way are naturally formed Cave Flowers (anthodites), stalactites, stalagmites, and boxes of surplus crackers. The surplus crackers are there because the cave was once used as a bomb shelter. At the bottom of the path is a 4 1/2 acre lake where boats are docked and ready to be boarded. Once aboard you circle the Lost Sea in a glass bottom boat and feed some monster trout that were planted here years ago.