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Tennessee is a state located in the Southern United States. In 1796, it became the sixteenth state to join the Union. The capital city is Nashville, and the largest city is Memphis. The area now known as Tennessee was first inhabited by Paleo-Indians nearly 11,000 years ago.

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Memphis, Tennessee

Because it occupies a substantial bluff rising from the Mississippi River, the site of Memphis is a natural location for settlement. The area was first settled by the Mississippian Culture and then by the Chickasaw Indian tribe. For 10,000 years they occupied the bluffs along the river, building a large mound on the bluff …


• Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee

Perhaps the biggest factor in drawing visitors to Nashville is its association with country music. Many visitors to Nashville attend live performances of the Grand Ole Opry, the world's longest running live radio show. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is another major attraction …

» A. Schwab

A. Schwab

A. Schwab is a dry goods store that has become a local landmark and Memphis institution. Since being opened in 1876, the store has transformed from a men's clothing and goods shop to a collection of seemingly every item imaginable. It is the only remaining original business on Beale Street. With two floors of displays filled with everything from regional arts and crafts to historic books, records, and artifacts, it is only fitting that the Beale Street Museum, located on a small balcony above the first floor, is also housed here …

» Beale Street Historic District

Beale Street Historic District

All music lovers as well as those just looking for a fun night out on the town will not want to pass up an opportunity to visit Beale Street. This 1.8 mi (2.9 km) stretch of restaurants, bars, and clubs is more than just a place to get a bite to eat. It is now considered "The Official Home of the Blues." From 1920 to 1940, artists descended on Beale Street and began to collaborate with one another, creating a new music style that blended smooth jazz with hard charging rock 'n' roll …

» Belle Meade Plantation

Belle Meade Plantation

Step back into the Old South and get a feel for what it might have been like to live on a plantation in the 1800s. Located 6 miles (9.5 kilometers) west of Nashville, the Belle Meade Plantation is a historic plantation mansion whose grounds now function as a museum. First bought in 1806, and continually expanded throughout the 19th century, the Belle Meade Plantation became world renowned as a first-rate horse breeding establishment. Buyers from around the world flocked to the plantation …

» Centennial Park

Centennial Park

All of America's great cities have a fantastic urban park. New York's Central Park, San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, and Nashville's Centennial Park. The lush green landscape provides a needed escape from the towering skyscrapers and bustling city life. The most notable, and possibly most out-of-place feature of the park is the Parthenon replica, built to scale. Commissioned for Nashville's celebration of the nation's 100th birthday, it also commemorates Nashville's reputation as the 'Athens of the South' …

» Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Few things are as deeply connected with the South as country music, so while you're in Nashville (known as "Music City") it's apropos to check out the world famous Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. With its mixture of historic video clips and recorded music, dynamic exhibits and state-of-the-art design, regular menu of live performances and public programs, the museum is filled with fascinating attractions. You don't have to be a country music fan to appreciate the museum's significance …

» General Jackson Showboat

General Jackson Showboat

Bored with eating dinner at the same restaurants every night? Want a new way to relax and enjoy Tennessee's warm weather during the day? Then the General Jackson Showboat might be just what the doctor ordered. The General Jackson is a 300 foot (91.5 meter) paddlewheel riverboat, one of the largest showboats in the country. Harkening back to the days when showboats plied the American rivers in the 19th century, a tour on the General Jackson serves as both a historic and relaxing trip …

» Gibson Guitar Factory

Gibson Guitar Factory

A tour of the Gibson Guitar Factory allows for a behind-the-scenes look at the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into making one of the highest quality guitar brands in the world. Visitors get a glimpse at the production process and may even have the chance to see the Luthiers at work. The many stages of building a guitar, from binding to buffing and painting, can all be seen at work here. About 65 guitars are made here daily, although the process takes approximately three weeks from start to finish, and tours grant insight into the past …

» Graceland

Graceland

The second most visited home in the United States (behind only the White House), Graceland was home to Elvis Presley during the height of his career. The iconic rock and roll singer, called "The King of Rock and Roll," died in the white-columned mansion in 1977 at the age of 42. The King is buried in the Meditation Gardens on the estate. A tour of the mansion takes you through the first story of the 23-room house. The interior of the house is worth seeing not because it is especially beautiful …

» Grand Ole Opry House & Museum

Grand Ole Opry House & Museum

A must-attend event while in "Music City," The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country music stage concert that has highlighted the genre's biggest stars since 1925. Originally a radio broadcast, the Opry is the longest running radio program in history. Dedicated to honoring country music, the event showcases different artists each night to perform songs in genres including country, bluegrass, folk, comedy, and gospel. Considered the "Show that Made Country Famous," …

» Jack Daniel Distillery

Jack Daniel Distillery, Nashville

Recognized worldwide for its distinctive black label and square bottle, Jack Daniel's whiskey has become an iconic American symbol. Come visit the place where it all started, the Jack Daniel Distillery, the oldest registered distillery in the United States. In 1863, Daniel started making whiskey in Lynchburg, Tennessee. The key to the whiskey's success, Daniel believed, was that it was made with cool, pure, iron-free spring water from a cave on the property. To this day, Jack Daniel's is only made using this water …

» Lotz House Museum

Lotz House Museum

In the late 1850s, a German immigrant named Johann Albert Lotz put the finishing touches on a house that he had built in Franklin, Tennessee. A skilled carpenter and piano maker, Lotz used his new home to showcase his work to potential clients. A few short years later, on Nov. 30, 1864, 20,000 Union soldiers fighting in the Civil War marched into Franklin, constructing barricades a mere 100 yards from Lotz's home. The Lotz family sought refuge from the battle …

» Memphis National Civil Rights Museum

Memphis National Civil Rights Museum

Built around the former Lorraine Motel, where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, the National Civil Rights Museum immediately emits its cultural and historical significance to all who visit. The museum tells the story of African-American's struggle for independence and equality, dating from the arrival of the first Africans to the British colonies in 1619 to King's assassination …

» Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

No trip to Memphis would be complete without learning about its music history, and the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum is just the place to do this. Originally a Smithsonian Institute research project, it became their first permanent exhibition outside of New York and Washington DC. Inside, you'll find seven expansive galleries showcasing instruments, costumes, photographs, artifacts and exhibits like 'Rural Music,' 'Coming to Memphis,' 'Sun Records & Youth Culture,' 'Soul Music' …

» Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

In search of a fun attraction to take the entire family to? Then check out the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, home to animals from all over the world, as well as the "Jungle Gym," the largest community-built playground of its kind in the country. Some of the most popular animal attractions include Alligator Cove, the Giraffe Savanna, and an African Wild Dog exhibit. While the animals are alluring to both parents and kids alike, the real attraction may be the Jungle Gym …

» Opryland Hotel (Gaylord Opryland Resort)

Opryland Hotel (Gaylord Opryland Resort)

Some resorts are practically a destination all on their own. The Opryland Hotel, now known as the Gaylord Opryland Resort, just may be one of them. The massive grounds of this impressive, modern convention center include nine acres of indoor gardens, climate controlled glass atriums, and even an indoor river that visitors can navigate on a real Delta flatboat. Opryland has nearly 3,000 guest rooms, 17 eateries, three pools, a fitness center, full-service spa and even a world-class golf course …

» Orpheum Theater

Orpheum Theater, Memphis

Built in 1928, the Orpheum Theater is a historic theater and one of America's few remaining 'movie palaces' from the 1920s era. Before it was the Orpheum, it was the site of the Grand Opera House and home to vaudeville performances for nearly two decades. Since then it has withstood the threat of bankruptcy, demolition and being burnt to the ground to become known as the 'South's Finest Theater.' Decorated with ornate crystal chandeliers, luxe draperies, carved moldings, and a large pipe organ, the theater was restored in 1996 …

» Peabody Hotel Ducks

Peabody Hotel Ducks, Memphis

Peabody Hotel has some unique permanent guests in the famous 'Peabody Ducks,' who live on the hotel's rooftop and perform a march toward the Grand Lobby twice daily. The tradition dates back to 1933, when the general manager of the time returned from a weekend hunting trip and placed several of his live duck decoys in the hotel's fountain. The guests' positive response prompted their stay, and now five ducks live and train in the Peabody Hotel. The Peabody Ducks are led by their 'Duckmaster' (an official position in the hotel) from their home on the roof …

» Pyramid Arena

Pyramid Arena, Memphis

With seats for 20,000, The Pyramid is an arena that sits on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis. Designed to resemble the Great Pyramids of Giza, it stands tall at 321 feet high and is one of the largest pyramid structures in the world. It is slightly taller than the Statue of Liberty and has become an icon of the Memphis skyline. The arena was first constructed as the Great American Pyramid in 1991 with an exterior of stainless steel and was originally conceived by a local artist to replicate the Great Pyramid of Memphis in Egypt …

» RCA Studio B

RCA Studio B

It's impossible to escape music in a city like Nashville, which makes a visit to RCA Studio B-where it kind of all began-so memorable. More than 35,000 songs have been recorded here, including 200 of Elvis Presley's rock and roll hits and some 40 million-selling singles by country and rock legends. RCA Studio B is a piece of music history in the heart of city that loves its music. Visitors can wander the halls where Dolly Parton and The Everly Brothers once recorded, and even sit at the piano Elvis played …

» Ryman Auditorium and Museum

Ryman Auditorium and Museum

The historic home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium is one of the must see sites that makes Music City famous. Built in 1892 (and initially serving as a tabernacle) it was used for the Opry broadcasts from 1943 until 1974. After the Opry moved to a larger venue, the Ryman sat largely unused until it was reopened as a performance hall and museum in 1994. Today, the Ryman is a popular 2,362-seat live performance venue as well as a National Historic Landmark …

» Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Nashville may be the country music capital of America, but the Schermerhorn Symphony Center brings a touch of class to a bustling downtown area that's filled with gritty bars and live music venues. Since 2006, the Center's Laura Turner Concert Hall has been home to the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony. Its natural lighting, 30 soundproof windows and custom-built organ make for a unique concert experience …

» Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Located in Memphis' Soulsville area in the former Stax Records -- which had also been the old Capitol Theater and closed due to bankruptcy in 1976 -- the Stax Museum of American Soul Music is a recreation of what once was. After the original studio was torn down in 1989, there was a revitalization effort for the area and the institution was rebuilt to its former glory. Today visitors can peruse over 2,000 photos, films, music clips, costumes, original instruments, artifacts, trivia games and exhibits …

» Sun Studio

Sun Studio

Known as "The Birthplace of Rock and Roll," this former studio is Memphis's own Mecca of music. Opened in 1950, the studio was the recording site of what is supposedly the first rock and roll single - Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats' Rocket 88. From there, Sun Studio took off, signing iconic rock and country artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis to its label and continuing to serve as the recording site for these superstars …

» The Hermitage

The Hermitage

Lovers of American history will not want to miss out on The Hermitage, the home of Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States. Considered to be the most authentic early presidential home in the nation, the Hermitage consists of the Jackson family mansion, garden, slave quarters, and the original log cabin the family occupied in 1804. The Hermitage was once home to 150 African-American slaves in addition to the Jackson family …


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