Tennessee has a wealth of activities, sights, and entertainment to keep you busy all summer long. It is a beautiful state, there are stunning mountains, pristine lakes, raging rivers, and gorgeous stretches of farmland. It’s also the country music capital of the world and Nashville and Memphis are literally bursting with some of the best live music in the entire country. From bluegrass to country to blues gospel, there is no shortage of world-class acts to see live while in Tennessee. The people exude Southern charm, the food is finger-lickin’ good, and the good times roll freely.
Nashville, Knoxville, and Memphis are all great urban centers with tons of great shopping, dining, historical landmarks and world-class entertainment. Make a stop at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville or cruise famous Beale Street, see Graceland in Memphis and enjoy the intoxicating sounds of live music performed at nearly every bar and club. Dig in to mouthwatering Memphis barbecue, a tantalizing blend best known for tomato- and vinegar-based sauces. In some Memphis establishments the meat is rubbed with dry seasoning (dry rubs) and smoked over hickory wood without sauce. The finished barbecue is served with barbecue sauce on the side. In addition to great food and exceptional music, Tennessee has great shopping, theatre, nightlife and more. The bigger cities in Tennessee among the ones mentioned include, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Cleveland, Johnson City, Jackson and Kingsport, any of these fantastic urban areas make great launching points for a Tennessee vacation.
The western side, Gulf Coastal Plain, is bordered by the mighty Mississippi River and boasts hilly terrain perfect for hiking, biking, or a horseback ride. The middle part of the state, The Highland Rim, is defined by the Nashville Basin and boasts great rivers, waterfalls and lakes. The eastern part of the state, the Blue Ridge, houses the Smoky Mountains, as well as a raging portion of the Tennessee River. Popular summer destinations include the towns of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, which serve as gateways to the gorgeous and immense Smoky Mountains National Park, as well as touting great activities of their own. Take a whitewater rafting trip, head to Dollywood, enjoy the day at a water park or take in a play. Throughout the state enjoy Nashville’s Trace or eastern Sunny Side Trail. See magnificent waterfalls drop over Highland Rim or scale the daunting Cumberland Plateau.
Check out the scenic wonders, the pristine landscapes, the bustling cities and the wealth of activities and diversions from kid-friendly theme parks to live music late into the night. A vacation in Tennessee is time well spent because of the sheer number of things to do and see. Check it out for yourself this summer and see why couples, families, and groups of friends flock to the great state every summer. Whether you like you fun indoors or out, there is something to tickle your fancy in Tennessee. The discounts and deals on this site will help you get to the Smokies with savings on lodging, restaurants, activities, and more. Start planning today!
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