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Last Updated on December 16, 2017 by Marie Bautista
If you had to pinpoint just one stunning location across the country, it would be pretty much impossible. Because our nation is home to such diverse and incredible cultures, spots, and sights, that it’s hard to pick out just one place for your favorite to travel to. But that doesn’t stop us from trying! So, we have to talk about Tennessee. With its southern charm and country music scene, background in blues and endless amounts of honky-tonks and dance halls, you could say that it’s a state that sings. And while it’s certainly got a beat behind it, there’s more to Tennessee than just music. So let’s take a look at the incredible spots to see if you’re ever in town.
See The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
First of all, you have to see the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Nestled between the border of North Carolina and Tennessee itself, you’ll find this breathtaking natural spot. By perching yourself nearer the border in the stunning mountain town of Gatlinburg, and even stay someone such as the Sleep Inn & Suites Gatlinburg, you will have the perfect base to hike through the park from. Gatlinburg is known as the gateway to the park, and it’s great to explore everything from the wildflower to the waterfalls from.
Go To Dollywood
From here, it’s then onto one of Tennessee’s biggest attractions, and that’s the Dollywood amusement park. Found in the Knoxville-Smoky Mountains metroplex, Pigeon Forge, you’ll enjoy quite the experience. If you’re going as a family, then your kids are bound to love the rides, and it will be a great change from any nature-based activities you have planned.
Stop By Graceland
Despite being an amusement park, Dollywood is definitely still music-related, and now we’re onto another musical number. Because you shouldn’t miss out on seeing Graceland when you’re in Tennessee. The once former home of Elvis Presley now turned museum will provide you with the ultimate Elvis experience. You’ll get to see his cars and planes too. And this is something that little ones tend to love!
Visit The Parthenon
And now, it’s back to another stunning cultural attraction. Because Tennessee has it’s very own full-sized replica of the original that can be found in Athens, Greece. As part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, Tennessee’s version of the Parthenon was built in 1897. Aptly, it’s also home to Nashville’s art museum. So when you visit, you get to take in two killer attractions for the price of one.
See The Stars In Nashville
Last but not least, if you’re planning a visit to Tennessee, you have to head to Nashville. It’s going to be essential that you can take in the sights and see the stars that this musical city has to offer. Because it’s a huge part of Tennessee’s culture and history. But you don’t have to focus on all-music activities while you’re here, because Nashville has some great sights and attractions like the zoo and the botanical gardens too.