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Tennessee Cities and Regions


At once historic and honky-tonk, Nashville, the capital of Tennessee, held prominent roles in both the Civil War and the civil rights movement. But this Bible Belt city is best known as the capital of country music, a revelation to anyone who believes music can save your mortal soul. See our Nashville Travel Guide


Memphis’ musical contributions shaped the soundtrack of the world. A city of blues joints and barbeque shacks, this diverse and eclectic city also offers a confident art scene, top-notch museums, and myriad music venues. Don’t leave without paying homage to the King of Rock ’n’ Roll at Graceland. See our Memphis Travel Guide


A far cry from its humble beginnings as a trading outpost along the Moccasin Bend of the Tennessee River, Chattanooga rose to prominence as a strategic position during the Civil War. A number of historic battle sites can be visited around the city at the National Military Park, but this city is certainly not stuck in the past. Families will dig the Tennessee Aquarium and the Hunter Museum of American Art while hedonists jump into the hopping bar scene (don’t miss Hair of the Dog and Pickle Barrel).

Great Smoky Mountains

Think breathtaking ridges, mountain laurels, wildflowers, deer, and 1,500 resident black bears! Driving through the misty haze that defines “The Smokies,” a western segment of the high Appalachians that lie between North Carolina and Tennesee, makes a quintessential American road trip (no wonder it’s the country’s most visited national park).


Although named after the George Washington’s secretary of war, this eastern city along the Tennessee River managed to keep a low profile during the Civil War, with only one major siege. Consequently, a great number of grand antebellum mansions survived. A more contemporary vibe emanates from its abundant art galleries, performance venues, intimate boutiques, and 13 golf courses.

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