Tennessee Travel Guide

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Tennessee as a state offers wide variety of opportunities depending on where you go and what you want to experience. The state has long had a history of being one of the central focal points for blues, country-western, and bluegrass music, especially in Nashville, but the state is also home to some of the most beautiful scenery available in America, from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Mississippi bottom lands to the lush interior of the state. From the food to the music to the people to the scenery, Tennessee is a Southern state that has to be experienced up close and personal to be truly appreciated.

Most people who come to the state head straight to Nashville, which is expected. The city is the national headquarters for the country-western and blues music scene, as well as being the capital, and a lot of people come here specifically to experience that culture. Additionally, Memphis is considered to be the birthplace of rock 'n roll, and contains nearly as many references to the musical as Nashville. Then there's Knoxville, Chattanooga, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg. Each city has its own unique feel, but the underlying theme is most certainly the country-music, blues, and bluegrass music roots that most of the state’s residents have binding ties to.

But for natural beauty, there's almost no comparison. From the Appalachian National Scenic Trail to the Big Southfork National Recreation Area to the Obed Wild and Scenic River to the World Heritage Biosphere Reserve at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, there is a wild and untethered side to the state that you will never be able to see or experience from the confines of the urban jungle. And while it’s true that the Cades Cove area of the park is somewhat of a traffic jam, you can get off on foot see it all up close. So regardless if you want to experience the nature or the music scene of the state, Tennessee is there, waiting.

Nashville #1 most popular location
An undeniable heartland of the American country music scene, Nashville’s reputation will arguably never escape from the country and western image, but recently the city’s headed in other …
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Memphis #2 most popular location
“I put on my blue suede shoes, and I boarded the plane”… sorry, we lost ourselves there for a minute. Memphis, hey? You must love your music. There could hardly be a more iconic city, t…
303travelers 78reviews 24blogs
Gatlinburg #3 most popular location
Gatlinburg, commonly known as "Gateway to the Smoky Mountains," is nestled in the Appalachian Mountains. There are many things to do in Gatlinburg including everything from shopping to snows…
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Chattanooga #4 most popular location
Chattanooga is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstates. At a population of about 160,000 and a total area of 143.2 square miles, it is th…
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Pigeon Forge #5 most popular location
This community has only about 5 or 6 thousand population according to the census, but since Theme Parks, especially Dollywood, became the areas major emphasis, this town has become the young …
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Knoxville #6 most popular location
Welcome to Knoxville, the home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Knoxville was the home of the 1982 Worlds Fair and the Sun Sphere, which w…
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Sevierville #7 most popular location
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Clarksville #8 most popular location
Clarksville is the county seat of Montgomery County and is Tennessee's fifth largest city. The population was 119,250 at the 2000 census. It was incorporated in 1785, and named for General Ge…
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Murfreesboro #9 most popular location
Murfeesboro, TN is a college town, home to Middle Tennessee State University. It is located about 25 miles south of Nashville. Despite expanding commercialization along the interstate and a…
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Jackson #10 most popular location
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Franklin #11 most popular location
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Kingsport #12 most popular location
Kingsport, Tennessee is located on I-81 in northeastern Tennessee near the Virginia border. The Holston River flows through the city and provides power and water to several plants as well as…
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Brentwood #13 most popular location
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Alcoa #14 most popular location
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Johnson City #15 most popular location
Johnson City is one of the Tri-Cities, located in Northeast Tennessee. With her sister cities of Kingsport and Bristol, Johnson City is a fascinating destination. Storytelling, bluegrass musi…
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Cleveland #16 most popular location
The little brochure they hand out at the city’s welcome center starts off with this quote from an advertisement in the Cleveland Weekly Herald from April 4, 1902. “If you want to locate i…
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Manchester #17 most popular location
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Goodlettsville #18 most popular location
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Lebanon #19 most popular location
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Crossville #20 most popular location
Crossville, a small town of about 10,000 population lives up to its name being the crossroads of Tennessee centered around the intersection of two major federal highways: U.S. Route 70, which…
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East Ridge #21 most popular location
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Bristol #22 most popular location
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Greeneville #23 most popular location
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Kodak #24 most popular location
Monteagle #25 most popular location
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Oak Ridge #26 most popular location
Oak Ridge is a suburb of Knoxville, Tennessee. Oak Ridge is best known as the site of the “Manhattan Project” where the first atomic bomb was produced.
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Dayton #27 most popular location
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Hurricane Mills #28 most popular location
Lynchburg #29 most popular location
Lynchburg is a small town that’s home to the Jack Daniel’s distillery. The town basically consists of the distillery and a town square. Although the smell of alcohol fills the air, it…
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Townsend #30 most popular location
Townsend is a small town located near Maryville, Tennessee (a suburb of Knoxville). Townsend is best visited for an array of outdoor activities including tubing, hiking, biking and fishing. …
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Pulaski #31 most popular location
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Strawberry Plains #32 most popular location
Atoka #33 most popular location
Benton #34 most popular location
Vonore #35 most popular location
Gray #36 most popular location
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Pikeville #37 most popular location
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Belle Meade #38 most popular location
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Hermitage #39 most popular location
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Dover #40 most popular location
Blountville #41 most popular location
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Adamsville #42 most popular location
Cordova #43 most popular location
Cordova, TN is a large suburb of Memphis, TN much of which has been annexed by the Memphis. It is located east of Memphis. The area is largely residential, but there are an abundance of sto…
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East Nashville #44 most popular location
Jamestown #45 most popular location
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Mason #46 most popular location
Tellico Plains #47 most popular location
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Cumberland Caverns #48 most popular location
Reliance #49 most popular location
Tazewell #50 most popular location
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