Have you ever wanted to travel within Tennessee but are not sure where to go and what to do? Well, this list of the top ten attractions in Tennessee can hopefully help answer your question. As far as today these are the most popular attractions in Tennessee:
10. At number ten we have downtown Knoxville. Home to the University of Tennessee and
Neyland Stadium, Knoxville has sparked a ton of popularity. Having an important role in the Civil War, Knoxville evidenced in the Confederate Memorial Hall. Along with that, some of the popular places in the downtown area are the Sunsphere Tower with its observation decks and views over the downtown core and the Market Square where it holds numerous festivals and events.
9. Coming in at number nine we have the Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley Railroad. Along with downtown Knoxville, the Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley Railroad have also played a big role in the Civil War by becoming a supply chain within bases, carrying materials such as wood and cotton. These trains have been preserved and put on display. Although, the Tennessee Valley Railroad offers long stream trips as well as mainline excursions, dinner packages, etc.
8. Number eight is the Oak Ridge: American Museum of Science and Energy. The American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge offers a fascinating insight into the history of nuclear energy. Highlights include the story of Oak Ridge’s role in the development of the nuclear bomb and the Manhattan Project, including videos, photos, artifacts, and documents that help paint a picture of this once vast facility.
7. At number seven we have The Parthenon located in downtown Nashville. No visit to Nashville would be complete without visiting one of Tennessee’s most remarkable attractions, the huge Parthenon. Built-in Centennial Park, just a short walk from the city’s downtown core, this life-size replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece, was built to commemorate the state’s centenary in 1897. Made entirely of cement, the Parthenon doesn’t fail to impress with its vast dimensions, both inside and out.
6. Coming in at number six we have The Hermitage: President Jackson’s Home. Just a few miles east of Nashville is The Hermitage, the plantation home of the seventh US President, Andrew Jackson, from 1804-1845. The current home was built in 1819, not long after Jackson was elected president, and is well worth a couple of hours needed to explore it. Highlights include the park-like gardens and woods, as well as the tomb where both Jackson and his wife were laid to rest.
5. Number five is Tennessee’s Civil War Heritage. Tennessee, perhaps more than any other state, has been shaped by war. Not only did this state provide more soldiers for the Southern cause than any other, but it also contributed more troops for the North than any other Confederate state. As one of the most northerly of the Confederate states, Tennessee witnessed numerous battles during the deadly conflict, many of them commemorated by visitor centers, museums, and memorials. Tennessee’s Civil War Heritage is a memorial to those who have fought and lost their lives in wars that Tennessee has experienced.
4. Coming in at number four we have Dollywood. Named after country singer Dolly Parton, Dollywood has long been Tennessee’s most popular ticketed attraction, luring more than three million visitors per year. Located in the small town of Pigeon Forge, this always-busy theme park provides family fun with its mix of folksy Smoky Mountains traditions and crafts, thrilling rides, and entertainment.
3. Number three is Birth of the Music Biz: Memphis and Nashville. No US state can claim the rich musical tapestry that is evident everywhere in Tennessee. The center of the nation’s country music scene, Nashville is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame in the city’s famous Music Row, as well as the Grand Ole Opry, a name synonymous with the country-music-themed Gaylord Opryland Resort and the radio shows of the same name, broadcast from locations such as the Ryman Auditorium. Then, of course, there’s Memphis, the home of gospel and blues, and famous for Beale Street, where the greats like Elvis got his big break. Highlights include the Memphis Music Hall of Fame; WC Handy’s House, where the “Father of the Blues” lived and worked; the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, highlighting musical pioneers from the 1930s through to the 1970s.
2. At number two we have Graceland and the Elvis Presley Memphis Complex. Graceland and the Elvis Presley Memphis Complex is considered the top attraction in Memphis. Undoubtedly the most famous rock ‘n’ roll residence in the world, Graceland Mansion remains a place of pilgrimage to fans from far and wide, and tours of this fine, stately home provide a unique glimpse into the King’s life (nothing has been changed since he passed away there in 1977). The complex is also home to Elvis Presley’s Memphis, a vast warehouse-like structure that includes exhibits and displays of the star’s many outfits, his influences, and his rise to fame.
1. Finally, at number one we have The Great Smoky Mountains or The Smokies. There’s no better place to begin your Great Smoky Mountains National Park adventure than in the small town of Gatlinburg with its many big-ticket attractions, such as the excellent Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. From here, you can easily drive to the park’s most popular areas or simply jump on the chairlift and head for the hills and the fun Ober Gatlinburg, a ski resort and amusement park offering year-round activities. Park highlights include a variety of flora and fauna, more than 900 miles of hiking trails, and the 6,643-foot-high Clingmans Dome, with its Observation Tower perched atop the mountain’s summit and offering 360-degree views.