Tennessee has made news for years now – the state is evolving as it pushes through a 21st century renaissance, boasting fantastic restaurants, a cutting edge music scene and a newfound centralization of the arts. Michelangelo’s sketches were just on display in Nashville, plus Memphis is pulling in a whole new breed of hipster with their up and coming coffee scene and new focus on education. Looking to vacation in this most wonderful state of states? Take a look!
10) Get your fill of beauty at Ober Gatlinburg
The only ski resort in Tennessee (it's fabricated snow), you can enjoy their man-made slopes without the absolute deep freeze of the north.
9) Take the ride of your life in Dollywood
A theme park that is centered around Dolly Parton?! Yes. Everyone needs to go. Soon. It's not a multiple day vacation, but a good place to tire out your little ones for that one open Saturday you don't know what to do with.
8) Take a chill pill in Gatlinburg
There are cabins galore in Gatlinburg, and it's the #1 honeymoon destination in the state. There's bunch of people that may tie the knot within city limits, but we won't tell your girlfriend.
7) Go walkin' in Memphis
Memphis has been a thing since the King MADE it a thing. A hub for multiple huge corporations (FedEx, anyone?) and a medical hotspot, you're sure to find some neat people and a couple rockin' bookstores.
6) Take a jaunt to Chattanooga - our southernmost river town
This ain't just another river town - good eats and great hikes make Chattanooga a must for in and out of state guests. It may be a little yogurt and granola, but you're sure to love the up and coming restaurant scene and coffee shop vibe.
5) Take a camping trip to Rock Island State Park
Known as one of the most beautiful camping spots in the state, Rock Island State Park is a fantastic spot for you to bring the most adventurous of your friends.
4) Visit Manchester for a stint at Bonnaroo
This hugely popular music festival rivals Coachella, but is not for the faint of heart. We recommend being under twenty-five and coming with a solid amount of money to spend.
3) Putter around Pigeon Forge
It's touristy, sure - but there's a reason why. Enjoy playing visitor in your own state by blending in with outsiders and singing along to Dolly on the radio.
2) Take a hike to Fall Creek Falls
Known as one of the most beautiful views in Tennessee, every citizen of ol' Rocky Top has to make the hike AT LEAST once. At least.
1) Visit the It City in the US - Nashville
It's the capital - you can't say no on principle. Plus, Nashville has evolved from a podunk country 'hood to a cutting edge it city. Walk Broadway with the tourists or bounce around East Nashville with musicians to get a real feel for this highly layered city.
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