- Temperate weather
- Beautiful National Parks
- Plentiful music venues
- Family-friendly theme parks
When visiting Tennessee there is a diverse range of cities to base yourself out of to take in the beauty of the southern United States. Choose to stay in an upscale downtown vacation home in Nashville, or head to the land of log cabin lodges to enjoy the wide open vistas of the famous Smokey Mountain ranges. Tennessee rental homes are bright, open, and full of natural elements to complement the natural surroundings. The nearby cities of Memphis and Knoxville also attract many visitors with their eccentric theme parks and monuments of past country music legends.
Tennessee is a landlocked territory and is bordered by 8 other states including Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Kentucky. There are several National Parks located along these borders, which are very popular to visit in the green summer months. The Mississippi River runs along the western side of the state, while the east has a distinctly Appalachian cultural influence. The most common way to travel between cities is by private car. However, there are several regular Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses for those who would prefer to take public transport The two big international airports in Memphis and Nashville will also connect you to different destinations within the southern US and abroad.
Nashville is known as the “home of country music.” It’s borders have raised some of the most talented musicians in the genre including Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash. There are many honky tonk bars playing classic country favorites for those looking to enjoy a night out on the town. For a taste of up and coming talent in Nashville, visit the Grand Ole Opry which has been operating as a weekly country-musicstage since the 1920s.Tennessee for Nature Lovers
There are several National Parks within Tennessee’s borders, however the most famous is perhaps the Smoky Mountains. There are many vacation homes in the region which can allow you to slow down and enjoy your time amongst a more rural and quiet Tennessee population.Tennessee for History Buffs
Tennessee played a prominent part in both the American Civil war and the struggle for civil rights. There are many memorials and battle sites visitors can explore around the areas of Chatanooga. Andrew Johnson who succeeded as 17th President of the United States after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln was also born in Tennessee.
Take a trip out to Graceland to honor the memory of the legendary rock ‘n roll musician Elvis Presley. His former home is now the most popular attraction in the State and is located in the western city of Memphis.2. Dollywood
Another great place to explore for kids and country lovers alike is the Dollywood theme park in Knoxville, Tennessee. There are many vacation homes located on site for a perfect country retreat situated at the foot of the Smokey Mountains. In the summer months, the water park also opens to cool off in the sweltering Tennessee humidity.3. The Country Music Hall of Fame
The Country Music Hall of Fame is a must-see for visitors looking to understand more about the history of the genre. Through fun interactive exhibitions and a display of historic memorabilia, this Nashville tribute to country music is one of the most visited sites in all of Tennesse.4. The Lost Sea
The Lost Sea in Sweetwater is the largest underwater lake in the United States and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Take a flat bottom boat to explore the underwater caverns that cover more than 4 acres. The cave also has many unique flowers and a healthy population of trout—some of the largest seen in the United States.5. The Jack Daniels Distillery
Tennessee is also home to the iconic Jack Daniels whiskey brand. Visitors can enjoy sampling tours at the distillery in Lynchburg. Guided tours can also provide you with more information about the history of the whiskeys production from prohibition all the way up to modern day practices.
When the weather is clear you can see seven different states from Lookout Mountain, near the southeastern city of Chattanooga
The weather in Tennessee is rather mild, with warm summers and tepid winter climates. However, due to the many different landscapes, weather patterns can drastically differ according to each region. The Summertime in Tennessee is ripe for events, hosting the famous Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the CMAMusic Festival, and the Beale Street Music festival.Destination Highlights