Things To Do & See In Tennessee.
We are the official UK tourism reps for the wonderful State of Tennessee, giving you the low-down on Tennessee to help with your Deep South holiday planning. You will find so many things to do and see in Tennessee, there's something for everybody. Why not check out the Tennessee Top 10 for our very own pick of Tennessee's best!
Whether in the major cities of Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville or Chattanooga, or in some of America's most inspiring small towns, like Franklin, Collierville or Cleveland, Tennessee delivers hospitality and a true American experience.
Tennessee music is richly diverse and honoured at its not-to-be-missed music museums - like Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Graceland in Memphis, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville and the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame in Pigeon Forge.
There are live music venues throughout Tennessee including: the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Beale Street bars in Memphis, and even Cumberland Caverns in middle Tennessee where Bluegrass Underground is a one-of-a-kind concert-333 feet underground.
Tennessee’s history is a story of courage, exploration and discovery. Visit sites from the Trail of Tears to bullet-pocked plantations along the Tennessee Civil War Trail.
Museums across the state include the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore which details Cherokee heritage.
Continue your exploration of Tennessee’s story by visiting the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, the site of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968.
In Pigeon Forge, Titanic! remembers the maiden voyage that ended 100 years ago through exhibits, videos, artifacts and replicas of the ship.
Tennessee is more than a vacation – it is an experience. You’ll see what we mean when you step foot onto the grounds of Dollywood and mount the new Wild Eagle thrill ride or challenge each other the the treetop obstacle course at Ruby Falls in Chattanooga.
Or when you explore the beauty of the sea at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, home to 12-foot sharks and tropical fish.
Or maybe take in the grandeur of the 6,000-foot ridges of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of America’s most-visited.
Want to see it all? You can with the Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways – a backstage pass to discover what lies off the beaten path.
The bigger cities, such as Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis, draw you in, but the Trails can take you on an unforgettable journey through some of the most interesting, yet untouched parts of Tennessee.
Tennessee Hidden Gems
Chattanooga is now considered one of the most beautiful and cleanest cities in the USA. Attractions include the Tennessee Aquarium and the Riverwalk; which have both had recent development and Rock City on Lookout Mountain; where visitors can see seven states from its heights.
Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444 mile path that runs through Mississippi to Tennessee and commemorates an ancient trail used by animals and people. Today visitos can experience this National Scenic Byway & All American Road through driving, hiking, cycling, horse riding and camping.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in east Tennessee, is America's most visited national park and world renowned for the beauty of its ancient mountains especially in the Autumn when the leaves turn a stunning red and gold.
Tennessee Places to See
Whether you're an avid Elvis fan or a curious traveller, a visit to Graceland leaves you with a new appreciation for the man the world will always rememeber as the King of Rock'n'Roll.
Belle Meade Plantation is a 30 acre historic site 6 miles west of Nashville, and is considered one of the country's most grand mansions representing the antebellum period of American history.
Owned and operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum presents Cherokee history and culture as well as the fascinating story of Sequoyah, the remarkable inventor of the Cherokee alphabet.