Caravan Sonnet: 7 Things You Need to do in Tennessee

11/28/18

7 Things You Need to do in Tennessee

Tennessee is one of the best states in the country to visit, and with a little something for everyone you should definitely make it a priority. While music lovers have always flocked to the state, there’s more to Tennessee than just Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley (although they’re both amazing too). If you're looking for somewhere new to visit, then it’s definitely worth having a closer look.

No matter what your interests are, no matter how long you;re planning to stay, here are the top seven things that you can do in Tennessee that might make you want to relocate there on a more permanent basis.

1. The Great Smoky Mountains
More people visit this national park than any other in America. Considering the incredible views, that’s not really a surprise. With hiking routes for beginners and experts, top of the list for places to visit in Tennessee has to be the Great Smoky Mountains.

2. Perfect for skiers
Ober Gatlinburg could be your dream destination if you like the slopes. As well as the stunning views there are also a wide variety of beautiful cabins to stay in, all located in and around the city of Gatlinburg. Use VacationRenter.com and pick somewhere close to the tramway.

3. Don’t miss out on Dollywood
No visit to Tennessee is going to be complete without a passing trip to Dollywood. It’s not just a house either, with Dollywood spanning 150 acres, host to 15 shows, and over 40 rides as well. Remember to take your swimming costume, because there’s a water park too!

4. The Smithsonian of Country Music
Tennessee is obviously famous for its musical history, which is why you should definitely check out the Country Music Hall of Fame. The exhibitions change on a regular basis so always check the schedule before you buy your tickets. Anyone with an interest in the history and traditions of country music is not going to want to miss this.

5. Going Greek
It might seem strange to find a slice of Ancient Greece in the middle of America, but that’s Tennessee! The full-scale replica of the Parthenon was built way back in 1897, and it’s now used as an art gallery. There is a great permanent collection of 63 pieces of art, and absolutely worth checking out.

6. The Presley Residence
Obviously, you’re going to have visit Graceland if you’re even close to Tennessee. Elvis is one of the most recognized icons in the world, and there’s a lot to fascinate when it comes to a tour of his former home.

7. Going Green
It’s not all about music and mountains. Cheekwood Botanical Gardens is a great place to spend a few hours, and even if the 11 gardens and the woodland trail aren’t enough to pique your interest, then the fact that there’s also an art gallery attached might. The gardens themselves are filled with contemporary sculptures, making this the ideal spot for a relaxing afternoon. 

With its blend of history, cultural importance, and modern feel, Tennessee is the perfect place to visit any time of the year.

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