This week we are taking a tour of Tennessee, otherwise known as “The Volunteer State.” Tennessee got its nickname after they sent 1,500 volunteer soldiers into battle during the War of 1812. There are tons of things Tennessee is known for, country music, barbeque, a beautiful landscape, and rich history are just a few of those things. Come along as we explore some of the best things to do during your trip to Tennessee.
The first stop is The Smokies or The Great Smoky Mountains State Park, the number one most visited National Park in the US. The Smokies is the perfect place for all our outdoor lovers with tons of activities throughout the 816.28 square miles. You can go for a scenic drive up the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail, a 6-mile long road that leads to a beautiful waterfall. Keep an eye out for the wild bears you may spot on your drive up. There are two different hiking trails for you to choose from, Clingmans Dome and Chimney Tops both leading to great views of the area.
Next up is the famous capital, Nashville. Nashville is the center of the music scene so its a must to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame — one of the largest and most popular music research centers. The museum was established in 1961 and has 142 inductees of groups and solo performers, including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn, and many, many more! The museum features articles of clothing, instruments, cars, and of course, music. If you are a country music fan, or just a music fan in general, this museum is a must-see!
Of course, you can’t visit Nashville without experiencing their nightlife! Head down to Broadway, Nashville’s downtown area and experience some of that country music in person. Bars, restaurants, and entertainment line the streets nicknamed “Honky Tonk Highway” all with their own distinct atmosphere.
Named after the famous country singer Dolly Parton, Dollywood is a theme park that hosts more than three million visitors each year, it is the largest ticketed attraction in Tennessee. The park is split into ten different themes and has more than 40 rides, including the Dollywood Express which is a train that circles guests throughout the park. Throughout the park you can also find games, crafts, and live entertainment.
As we mentioned, Tennessee is filled with rich history. The Hermitage is the home of the seventh US President, Andrew Jackson from 1804-1845. The current home that is there was built in 1819 and was built shortly after Jackson was elected president. The museum opened in 1889 and includes atrifacts, documents, gardens, and the tomb of both President Jackson and his wife, Rachel.
Tennessee is also home to The Titanic Musuem. The museum is built in the shape of the Titanic and features more than 400 artifacts and has over 20 unique galleries that give you the illusion that you are actually onboard the ship. There is even a exhibit for you to feel the temperature of the water from that night. The tours are self-guided so you can experience everything on your own time, and trust us — you will want to take your time through the museum!
We hope you enjoyed the tour around the wonderful state of Tennessee! If you are planning a trip soon, we hope we’ve inspired you to visit a few places. Of course, if you’ve been before and we didn’t mention one of your favorite spots, don’t forget to send those in! We look forward to hearing about your trip and framing all your wonderful memories.