[11 July 2014 Last updated at 09:53]

Interesting places to visit in Tennessee

Interesting places to visit in Tennessee
things to do in Northeast Tennessee
Tennessee is really a gem of state and it's one of the must see places in southern US because of the amount of cultural attractions, historical sites and many opportunities for outdoor activities like canoeing, camping and hiking.

Another thing I love about the state it’s Tennessee's southern friendliness and welcoming attitude!


Without further ado, here the list of interesting places to visit in Tennessee, that are sure to make the highlight of your vacation in the state:

Memphis

Memphis Tennessee is at the top of my list of interesting places to visit in Tennessee because of the amount of interesting attractions the city boasts, and its close proximity to Mississippi and Arkansas. Two of the biggest attractions in Memphis are Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion (which is on my list of 25 places to visit in the US), and the National Civil Rights Museum.
Things to do in and around Memphis 
For fans alike, the tour of Elvis’ Mansion is quite a highlight because you get to see where the ‘King of Rock’ used to live. The National Civil Rights Museum is the former Lorraine Motel where sadly Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

Apart from these two places, the Chucalissa Indian Village Site is my third favorite place to visit in Memphis because it used to be a former Native American mound. Today, this site features an interesting museum with many artifacts unearthed at the site. (see more places to visit in Memphis TN)

Dollywood

Dollywood Theme Park is also on my list of interesting places to visit in Tennessee mainly because I am a big Dolly Parton fan, and the theme park features a replica of the house she grew up in as well as her tour caravan and outfits worn by Dolly herself.

Even, if you’re not a fan of Dolly, you'll love this place because of the atmosphere and fun thrill rides.

By the way, Dollywood is just 15 minutes drive from attractions in Gatlinburg TN and around 45 minutes drive from Knoxville.

Nashville

Nasville is quite a Mecca for music aficionados, which is why it's famously known as “Music City”. Two of the biggest attractions in the music scene are the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Nasville has many cultural attractions like the state Capitol and the Parthenon which is a live-size replica of the original Greek Parthenon in Greece.

You can also enjoy walking tours and trolley tours of Nashville’s downtown main points of interests like the Ryman Auditorium, the State Capitol and Music Row.

Knoxville

I added Knoxville to my list of interesting places to visit in Tennessee because of its close proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains and interesting attractions.

Firstly, Knoxville is home to the University of Tennessee where you can marvel at a beautiful riverfront.

You can also visit the restored James White Fort which was the founder of Knoxville. You can tour the fort and check out 18th century items like an open-pit cooker.

If you a sports aficionado, don't forget visiting the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as the Main Hall has a cool practice course where you can test your basketball skills.

Apart from this, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame is a popular focal point because of the massive 30 feet tall basketball.

Chattanooga

The state of Tennessee is renowned for being an outdoor’s paradise and what better place to enjoy outdoor activities like rock climbing and hiking than Chattanooga, right?
Weekend Getaways near Chattanooga
There are a few reasons why I added Chattanooga to the list of interesting places to visit in Tennessee, and one of them is Lookout Mountain attractions. If you’re really looking for fun family outdoor activities, you’d love Lookout Mountain attractions which include a “scenic train ride”, exploring underground waterfalls and enjoying panoramic views from the observation deck.

Apart from these cool attractions, I love Chattanooga because it offers the opportunity for day trips to Huntsville in Alabama and Atlanta in Georgia (Chattanooga is literary a few miles from either border!)

Lookout Mountain & Signal Point

Tennessee is one of best places to see fall foliage in the US, with the Great Smoky Mountains Park probably being one of the most popular spots to see the color change.

However, the city of Chattanooga has places like Lookout Mountain’s Point Park and Signal Point which offer great leaf-peeping opportunities. You can also enjoy a boat tour with the Tennessee Aquarium and experience the fall foliage through the majestic Tennessee River Gorge.

Tip. If you’re planning to see the fall color change in Tennessee, come here between the last week of October and the first week of November to catch the leaves at their peak!


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