Tennessee is a lucky state, with a handful of big cities and scads of sweet little towns. A varied place with plenty of options, we decided to give you a little virtual visit to the four biggest spots in Tennessee. Looking for some city life in a country state? Well. We’ve got a treat for YOU.
Music City is a mecca for burgeoning musicians and hipsters. With music on the rise in all genres, you can visit Broadway for a honkytonk experience and take a walk down Five Points in East Nashville for great pizza and a good beer.
The GooGoo Cluster storefront is downtown and Savannah's Candy Kitchen is great for the kids. The famed Bluebird Cafe is located deep in Green Hills, though, so you won't be walking!
Known as the "Athens of the South," Tennessee has a TON of colleges, and quite a few are based in Nashville. Vanderbilt University is the most prolific, with a highly regarded medical school, and Belmont University churns out successful musicians such as Brad Paisley and Trisha Yearwood.
We love Chattanooga. It's a granola town with lots of water and opportunity, a river town with citizens taht absolutely love it. Milk & Honey is a fantastic spot for coffee and an early breakfast before you head downtown for some window shopping.
Check out the Chattanooga ChooChoo for fancy shmancy dinner reservations or look into Lookout (get it?) Mountain for a beautiful view. The whole city is ringed by bridges, so make sure you take a walk if you get the chance!
Boasting a huge aquarium, Chattanooga is great for the little ones. The courtyard outside also hosts a water area and farmer's market that operate seasonally. Check your hotel location to make sure you have the chance to get in on the action.
This college town bleeds orange, so make sure to plan for traffic if you come during game time. Otherwise, the Old City is tucked away and darling, full of little restaurants and storefronts. You can even get some Intelligentsia at Remedy Coffee!
The Mabry Hazen House has an interesting history, built in 1858 and running tours currently. Civil War history is rampant throughout the town and you are sure to find a tour or museum that will whet your appetite.
The Bijou Theatre is a gorgeous venue where you can catch a musical or a concert and is located right downtown. The whole of the area is also rife with neat art displays and exhibits that are sure to wow you.
Memphis sometimes gets a bum rap. People focus on crime rates as opposed to opportunities. Should you be careful in the city? Yes. As you should in all cities. But there are some amazing spots you'd miss if you avoided the place altogether. Check out Beale Street for some crazy characters and live music first! Then maybe Graceland later...?
Rendezvous is well known as an awesome bbq spot, and if you're looking for coffee? Republic Coffee and Bluff City will give you the pick up you need.
The history of Memphis is insanely varied as well. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum, pop into Graceland or visit the spot where Martin Luther King, Jr. breathed his last. This is a great city to teach your children some history lessons.