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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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Nashville Riverfront Park

Nashville Riverfront Park

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Nashville’s Riverfront Park was built in the early 1980s on the site where the area’s first settlers founded the city back in 1780. Today the sprawling green enclave on the banks of the Cumberland River is home to several attractions, including Fort Nashborough, Bicentennial Park, and the Ascend Amphitheater.More
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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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Titanic Pigeon Forge

Titanic Pigeon Forge

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Have you ever wondered what it was like aboard the RMS Titanic? Wonder no longer. At the Titanic museum, a two-story museum built half-scale (in a pool, to create the illusion of the big ship at sea), you can take a 2-hour self-guided tour designed to give you the sensation of being an original passenger on the ship’s 1912 maiden voyage. As you enter, you’ll be given a boarding ticket. Your ticket has the name and travelling class of one of the ill-fated ship’s actual passengers, whose story you will learn as you pass through the museum.At the end of the tour in the Titanic Memorial Room you’ll have a chance to check if your boarding pass belonged to a shipwreck survivor, or to one of the less-fortunate passengers. Because more than half of the Titanic’s two-thousand-plus survivors perished, the likelihood of ‘your’ survival is fairly low. (Young children are issued boarding passes that belonged to survivors, as to not totally bum them out.) The museum, which is the largest permanent Titanic museum in the world, holds 400 pre-discovery artefacts (a.k.a. belongings that were recovered floating in the water) in twenty galleries. The personal natures of the items on display closely tie into the individual stories represented at the museum. In the interactive exhibits you’ll get a real feeling for what it might have been like as a passenger on that ship.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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Beale Street

Beale Street

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From 1920 to 1940, artists descended on Beale Street to collaborate, creating a new music style that blended smooth jazz with hard-charging rock 'n' roll. This mix eventually gave birth to the blues, a new and distinctly American genre of music that gradually made its way into the United States' pop culture mainstream. A visit to today's Beale Street, now a U.S. National Historic Landmark District, allows travelers to check out the blues clubs that served as the launching sites for some of the most famous American blues musicians of all time.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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Frist Art Museum

Frist Art Museum

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Lavish cream and green marble floors and wall paneling, high ceilings with and cast iron doors surround guests with the art deco charm of the Nashville’s original post office completed in 1934. The historically significant building kept its original charm through a public/private partnership-driven revamp into the non-profit Frist Art Museum in 2001. The space now holds art exhibitions, interactive art workshops as well as a gift shop and café.The Frist is a different kind of museum that does not have permanent collections. Instead, it sources a host of themed exhibits that roll through every six to eight weeks. Traveling national and international shows including classical pieces by Michelangelo and Monet have hung on Frist walls, as have collections of American folk art, modern photography, European classical works from the age of exploration and even an exhibit deconstructing Italian sports car design. The building’s 24,000 square feet of gallery space includes 30 interactive stations on the upper level for kids and families to get creative and make their own stop motion animation, printmaking, watercolor painting, etching, sculpture creation and more—some of these stations also rotate to match visiting exhibits. In the summer, Frist Fridays bring bands—also often tied to exhibit themes—to jam at the museum, and live music features year-round on Thursdays and Fridays in the Grand Lobby or café. Be sure to check what’s on before stopping by—it’s a new experience every time.More

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Top activities in Tennessee

Nashville’s Biggest & Wildest Party Public Tractor Tour
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General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
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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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Nashville to Memphis Daytrip with Graceland VIP Tour and Sun Studio Admission
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Recent reviews from experiences in Tennessee

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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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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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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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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 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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Favorite part of my day!
Alexandra_S, Jul 2018
General Jackson Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise in Nashville
My mother and I decided to go to Tennessee for vacation this summer and we found this attraction online, and am very glad we went.
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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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