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Experience a Vacation – Only Made in Tennessee

Tennessee is one of a kind. Experience the allure of music, beauty, adventure and history.

Find it by losing yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, where the fog's so thick you can’t tell where the world ends and heaven begins. It’s a place where you can conquer the Appalachian Trail in the morning, then plummet back down to earth in the afternoon with ride after ride at Dollywood. Discover the grandeur of the mighty Mississippi River rolling through the land of the blues, rock and soul in Memphis. Or, experience the relaxation of driving through the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee with the top down, stopping to soak in the state’s storied history.

Listen closely. Tennessee’s music is America’s soundtrack. It’s the foot-tapping, head-bobbing, soul-saving kind. You’ll hear it in the lyrics and melodies found in the home and birthplace of country, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, soul and everything in between. From the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to Beale Street in Memphis to bluegrass jams on the porches of Bristol, Tennessee is where it all began and never stopped.

It’s that magic you can only taste in every sip of oak-barrel-aged Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, and each bite of “I’ve-died-and-gone-to-heaven” Southern cooking. It's that creative spirit America was built on, crafted by artists, visionaries and pioneers. Close your eyes and feel it – it’s uniquely Tennessee. Come visit. Let it touch you. It’s a vacation that can only be “Made in Tennessee.”

Tennessee Highlights

Don't leave without tasting...

  • Memphis barbecue at Jim Neely’s Interstate Bar-B-Q, Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous, Cozy Corner, Payne’s and A&R Bar-be-cue.
  • Biscuits at Loveless Café in Nashville.
  • Hot chicken at one of the famous locations in Nashville – Prince’s, Bolton’s or Hattie B’s
  • Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams.

Put these events on your calendar

  • Commemoration of the Battle of Shiloh, Shiloh (April): A re-enactment of the Civil War battle
  • Dogwood Arts Festival, Knoxville (April): Miles of trails feature some of the most spectacular dogwood trees. Enjoy numerous art exhibits and a three-day music festival, Rhythm & Blooms.
  • Memphis in May International Festival: Events include Beale Street Music Festival and World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.
  • Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester (June): World-renown four-day music festival featuring the best performers in rock ’n’ roll, jazz, Americana, hip-hop, electronica and more.
  • CMA Music Festival, Nashville (June): The ultimate country music event featuring four days of music from hundreds of artists including live concerts, meet & greets, autograph signings, celebrity sporting events and more.
  • Riverbend Music Festival, Chattanooga (June): Eight-day music festival in the heart of Chattanooga featuring five stages and more than 100 artists of all genres.
  • Smithville’s Fiddler’s Jamboree & Crafts Festival, Smithville (July)
  • Elvis Week, Memphis (August): A celebration of Elvis Presley including a candlelight vigil.
  • Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Bristol (September): Every third weekend in September, this festival goes back to the roots as the Birthplace of Country Music with three days of music.
  • National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough (October).

Breathtaking scenery

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the U.S.
  • The grand Mississippi River rolling through the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, Memphis.

Want to stay up late?

Beale Street

Tennessee is where the soundtrack of America was created. It’s the cradle of rock ‘n’’ roll, country, soul and blues. In Nashville, honky tonks on Lower Broadway will keep you entertained or take in a show at Exit-In, Mercy Lounge and 3rd & Lindsley. You can also see who’s playing at Ryman Auditorium, the mother church of country music. Beale Street in Memphis is the place to hear the blues, soul or rock to get your feet moving.

Your child will always remember...

A day filled with adventure in Chattanooga including a visit to the Tennessee Aquarium, iconic attractions such as Rock City and Ruby Falls, and a boat ride into the Tennessee River Gorge.

Don't miss this...

The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis tells the story of the Civil Rights struggle in the U.S. and honours those who helped pave the way for Civil Rights throughout the world including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Just a few of the famous people from our state


  • Elvis Presley: you can visit Graceland, his home in Memphis.
  • Dolly Parton: her theme park, Dollywood, is in Pigeon Forge.
  • Presidents Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, and James K. Polk: tour their homes in Nashville, Greeneville and Columbia, respectively.

History happened here

Shiloh National Military Park

The U.S. Congress designated the entire state of Tennessee a Civil War National Heritage Area. Tennessee has five national Civil War sites including four battlefields—Shiloh (Shiloh), Stones River (Murfreesboro), Chickamauga/Chattanooga (Chattanooga) and Fort Donelson (Dover) as well as and Andrew Johnson’s home in Greeneville.

Made in Tennessee

Jack Daniel’s Whiskey with distillery tours that are free year-round in Lynchburg.

Outdoor adventure

Ocoee Whitewater Rafting

  • Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee, Nolichucky, Little Pigeon and Hiwassee Rivers.
  • Hang-gliding off Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga.
  • Houseboating on Dale Hollow Lake, one of the most pristine lakes in the U.S.
  • Hiking, canoeing, camping and mountain biking in the Smoky Mountains or one of Tennessee’s 53 state parks.

Official Tennessee Travel Site

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

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