Tennessee is deeply rooted in the heart of the United States, what with our stunning plantations and dark secrets, boasting the homes of presidents and rolling fields that once sparked a dream in the heart of long-ago pioneers. We’re proud of our home, and it’s a beautiful thing to see bits of the past poking through the hum of the present. We’ve found eleven hot spots for you to hit up this summer – you really can’t miss ’em.
11. Cravens House - Chattanooga
Some of the most intensive fighting at Lookout Mountain took place right on over here, meaning the Cravens House has seen its share of horrors. You can visit to learn about the history with a pop in visit.
10. Beale Street Historic District - Memphis
Located in downtown Memphis, you've most likely heard of this iconic spot - but have you visited? It tussles with Bourbon Street as party spot USA, but the historic district is fascinating.
9. Chattanooga National Cemetery - Chattanooga
More than 50,000 graves spot the cemetery, and it includes 186 foreign prisoners of war from both the world wars. It's a historic legend, and you have to visit.
8. Ryman Auditorium - Nashville
The home of country music and original broadcasting site of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman is one of the most historic and widely visited tours in Tennessee.
7. Alex Haley Museum - Henning
You can learn all about Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Haley here, and head home a bit smarter than when you came.
6. Graceland - Memphis
Do we need to explain this one? Thank you very much. (You KNOW you read that in an Elvis voice...)
5. Old Gray Cemetery - Knoxville
The cemetery was established in 1850 and is the second oldest of its kind in the city. It is famous for the Victorian era marble sculpture and scads of elaborate tomb sculptures.
4. Rock Castle - Hendersonville
Daniel Smith, best known as the "Man who Named Tennessee," made this his home in the 18th century.
3. Crockett Tavern Museum - Morristown
Davey Crockett was a Tennessee man long before the Alamo, and it's in Morristown that you can learn about the famed legend of a man.
2. The Hermitage - Hermitage
President Andrew Jackson made this his home when he lived in Nashville, and it's here that both he and his wife are buried.
1. Carnton Plantation - Franklin
The Battle of Franklin took place on the property, giving the home a firsthand look at the heartache of war. The largest Confederate cemetery in the States is located out front, and the house tour is wildly educational.