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Welcome to Tennessee

Tennessee stretches 480 miles in length but is only 115 miles wide. The Mississippi on the west and the Appalachians on the east define it. RVers will find countless adventures in between.

A great introduction to the Volunteer state can be found in the Middle Tennessee Region. This area is home to Music City, Cumberland River and antebellum homes. Characterized by rolling hills and picturesque valleys, this region is dominated by Nashville, the state capital and center of country music. Journey to the center of Tennessee's musical heritage at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium, called the "Mother Church of Country Music." Join musical legends at the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. Nashville also offers one of the nation's oldest working state capitals, antebellum homes, and historical battlefields.

Equestrian admirers can horseplay along the Tennessee Walking Horse Trail. Tour The Hermitage, the historical plantation owned by Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States.

Explore Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, a natural paradise with scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs. Dale Hollow, Cordell Hull and Center Hill lakes offer boating, fishing and hiking.

East Tennessee Region
East Tennessee abounds in urban areas, natural beauty, and attractions. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Treat yourself to the spectacular views at the top of Clingman's Dome or drive the history rich Cades Cove Loop. Or explore below the surface with a trip to Forbidden Caverns or Tuckaleechee Caverns.

On the parkway there's no shortage of activities to entertain the entire family. Enjoy a dinner show at Dixie Stampede. For the shopping enthusiast visit the more than 200 outlet shops at Tanger Outlet Mall. Arts and crafts aficionados will delight in the galleries of some of the state's most accomplished artists such as Robert Tino and G. Webb, or spend the afternoon talking to artists in Gatlinburg's arts and crafts community. No trip to the Smoky Mountain Region is complete without a visit to the South's favorite amusement park, Dollywood.

A modern Appalachian city, Knoxville is home to the Knoxville Zoo, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, East Tennessee History Center, museums, historic homes, and historic Market Square. Travel to Oak Ridge, a city born of war in 1942 that existed for seven years as a truly "Secret City." Part of the Manhattan Project to create a new atomic weapon, the city grew to a population of 75,000 and was not even on the map.

Chattanooga is a city with something for everyone, from the Incline Railway at Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls, and Rock City to the Tennessee Aquarium, the Chattanooga Choo Choo, and Hunter Museum of American Art. Chattanooga's first art district, Bluff View Art District is a historic neighborhood set high atop stone cliffs that plunge into the river below. From this bluff-top location find breathtaking views of the Tennessee River, as well as downtown Chattanooga and the Walnut Street Bridge.

Immerse yourself in a great story at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough or feel the heart-pounding roar of NASCAR at the Bristol Motor Speedway.

The East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center introduces visitors to the five-million-year-old Gray Fossil Site.

West Tennessee Region
West Tennessee is famous for barbecue, rock 'n 'roll, and blues music. Situated at the extreme southwestern tip by the state's largest city, Memphis is home to blues music, mouth-watering barbecue, beautiful nature preserves and, of course, Elvis.

Get a taste of Memphis music and nightlife in the Beale Street Historic District, learn about the giants of soul at the Stax Museum of American Soul, or walk in Elvis' shoes in the famous Sun Studio. And, speaking of the King, take an unforgettable journey through the most famous rock 'n' roll residence in the world, Graceland. The music and entertainment pulse of downtown Memphis, Beale Street at the turn of the 20th century served as a haven for African Americans migrating from small towns. Legendary greats such as W.C. Handy, B.B. King, and Willie Mitchell showcased their talents on Beale. And stop by the Pink Palace Museum and Peabody Hotel, where the ducks still go marching in. Take in some local history at Shiloh and other Civil War sites, or visit Alex Haley's boyhood home in Henning. Tour beautiful antebellum homes of LaGrange, and admire the architecture in charming small town squares like Collierville.