Since Tennessee is a landlocked state of the US, people don’t think it has any place worth seeing, like beaches, lakeside resorts, and skiing points. Well, that is all nothing but a giant underestimation.
So, Tennessee doesn’t have watery boundaries, but it has something you won’t find in any other state. It is a state rich with history and entertainment, especially music. You might get the hint when we take the names of Nashville, Knoxville, Memphis!!!
Apart from the musical significance, there is also a lot of picturesque places and body of waters. There are resorts, parks, and mountains, which are the reason why Tennessee attracts a huge number of tourists.
We can name the places all day, but you probably don’t want to hear everything. Therefore, we have provided you a fine selection of places that cannot simply go unnoticed, and are necessary to be a part of your visit checklist. Building on that, we have comprised this article of 5 places in Tennessee, US that everyone should visit at least once.
Without further delay, let’s draw you an image of 5 must-visit places of Tennessee.
Memphis is one of the cities of Tennessee that holds a special place in the country’s whole dynamic—well, it’s the only city. Located in the southwest of Tennessee, the city called Memphis is home to legendary singer Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion—a manmade beauty. Graceland is now held by Elvis Presley’s daughter.
The city also has a monument that pioneered the rock-and-roll industry of the US: Sun Studio. And how can we forget Beale Street? The Beale Street which is pretty notable in the pop-culture industry due to its references in mainstream entertainment and its dance clubs is also in Memphis. The city is also the host to Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.
Apart from these and many other notable places, Memphis is a city full of entertainment and fun; dance and music, clubbing and partying. In other words, you could say that Memphis, Tennessee is a city where every fan of pop culture should go at least once.
Gatlinburg is a place to go if you are looking for outdoor fun. It is a base for travelers to enjoy the peace and beauty of the place and check their goal of spending outdoor time. Located in the section of the Great Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee, Gatlinburg is a town of utmost beauty. Wherever you are, a hiking trail would be in proximity. The same goes for ski slopes in winters. It means that whatever the season is, an adventure is always nearby in Gatlinburg.
The town has a number of parks for strolls and picnics. And if you are looking for wide-angle beauties, embark on the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway. You can also take a view-filled walk at Gatlinburg SkyLift Suspension Bridge or climb the Space Needle.
One thing you shouldn’t forget: You absolutely have to check out Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokie if you are ever in Gatlinburg.
No kidding, this place is worth your time, effort, and money.
Chattanooga is another gem of a city located in southeastern Tennessee. The city is mostly famous for Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the largest and the oldest Civil Park in the United States. However, there is much more in Chattanooga with rich history and scenic views.
The well-known Ruby Falls is a great tourist attraction due to its significance of being the tallest underground waterfall in the United States of America accessible to the general public. Moreover, to capture amazing panoramas, head to the Rock City Gardens located at 1,700 feet from the ground and see the incredible view of seven states.
Chattanooga is perfect to have a friendly trip or a time-worthy family time. And you cannot pass on the Tennessee Aquarium, the world’s largest freshwater aquarium. The aquarium is not the only family-friendly place, the Chattanooga Zoo is also within the limits of the city.
A lot like Memphis, Nashville is a city of Tennessee tied to the rich history of Music. Honky-tonks of Nashville are prevalent in the city’s importance, and this has led to its being called the Music City. Music fans, especially country music, absolutely have to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.
Moreover, a lot of big names do concerts at Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium—two of the most notable performance halls in the city. It is also a good place for foodies to enjoy; with great aesthetic ambiance and scenic views, you can eat delicious foods and enjoy the picturesque skies at one place.
To be fair, Nashville is more commercial and entertaining than it is peaceful and natural. You could visit coffee shops, boutiques, bars, honky-tonks, restaurants, and cafes. But there isn’t much natural beauty to be seen, apart from some of the hills that provide a perfect silhouette against the dusk sky.
In the end, the Music City is the perfect name for a city like Nashville. The famous Bluebird Café and others in the line are the hosts to undiscovered but talented music artists, including Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, and Faith Hill. So, if you are a music fan, write Nashville down in your Tennessee trip notepad.
That’s right. I saved the best for the last. Pigeon Forge is the place to go if you want your Tennessee vacation to be better than any vacation you have had. Pigeon Forge is a mountain town located 8 miles northeast of Gatlinburg. This town is home to many great spots and tourist attractions.
For starters, there is an Outdoor Gravity Park where you will fit in a giant inflatable ball and roll down a hill. Since this is a mountain town, it goes without saying that hiking and skiing spots will be nearby.
The Goats on the Roof is another incredible spot for incredible fun and recreation, along with a collection of souvenirs, gems, and much more. Some of the places that you should definitely go to are Splash Country waterpark, Comedy Barn, and Country Tonite Theatre. Your trip to Pigeon Forge can also be pretty educational if you visit amazing museums like WonderWorks, Beyond the Lens!, and Titanic Museum.
Apart from everything that we have listed above, Pigeon Forge has mostly known as one of the best and must-visit places in the whole wide state, the Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Theme Park—that is where all the fun happens.
If you are planning on staying at Pigeon Forge for a day or two, you can rent cabin(s) at Pigeon Forge Cabins and have a perfect-quality picnic with a scenic, entertaining environment.
There is so much more to do; you can visit breweries, wineries, and a lot of other places to make memories. One thing is for sure: this Dolly Parton’s mountain town will provide you extreme-level fun at every spot.
Before we say goodbye to you, there are some other honorable mentions, including Knoxville, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Bristol. The rest depends on you. Have fun and stay safe.