Attractions October 24, 2017
16 Iconic Places Every True Tennessean Will Instantly Recognize
Tennessee is iconic for many reasons: our history that runs deep, spiced with southern culture, our love of country music, the kindness of our natives, and the buttery delectability of our homemade biscuits. If that isn’t enough to put us on the map, then you should probably take a look at these iconic spots, scattered throughout the state. From the west to the east, these bridges and roads and buildings are true Tennessee icons – each one of them holds a little bit of our hearts. How many have YOU visited?
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1. The Knoxville Sunsphere
The Knoxville Sunsphere is located on the site of the 1982 World's Fair, and the 266 foot high sphere keeps a solid watch over the city. You can even go up - for free!
2. Hernando de Soto Bridge
The Hernando de Soto Bridge screams "Memphis," and it's pretty impossible to visit the city without laying eyes on this gorgeous, riverfront piece of architecture.
Do we really need to discuss why this is epic and phenomenal and TOTALLY Tennessee? Elvis may have been born in Mississippi, but he chose the Volunteer State and we're pretty proud about that.
4. The Nashville AT&T Building
Colloquially known as the Batman Building, this Nashville skyscraper is known for carving out the iconic double pointed profile in the Music City skyline.
5. The Lost Sea
As the second largest underground lake in the WORLD, the Lost Sea - located in Sweetwater- is known not only to Tennesseans, but across the globe for its behemoth aquatic feat.
6. The Great Smoky Mountains
East Tennessee is known for its rolling hills and beautiful vistas, and thats due in part to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The protected land straddles Tennessee and North Carolina, giving both states visibility to some of the prettiest country in the nation.
7. The Pedestrian Bridge in Nashville
Officially known as the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge, this is the prettiest - and most iconic - way to cross the Cumberland in Nashville.
8. The Capitol in Nashville
The capitol building sits high on a hill in Nashville, and it is both a powerful structure and a beautiful crown to the city’s Bicentennial Park.
9. Ruby Falls
This gorgeous underground waterfall has been a top tourist attraction for almost an entire century, and drops 145 feet in the twisted caverns underneath the city of Chattanooga.
10. The Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga
Chattanooga has the prettiest riverfront, wouldn't you say? You can always tell when it chooses to show its gorgeous face with a shot of the Walnut Street Bridge.
11. Rock City
Located on Lookout Mountain, Rock City is shared by Tennessee and Georgia. It remains a top attraction for tourists, with its views of the valley that stretch to its height of 1700 feet above sea level.
12. The Peabody Hotel
The Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis is one of the city's most iconic members of its skyline. Even more iconic are the hotel lobby's residents: the famous ducks that march out to swim in the fountain every day.
13. Radnor Lake
A true oasis of nature in the metro Nashville area, Radnor Lake is a favorite spot for locals to escape the noise of the city. It's untouched shorelines and surrounding hills make for some of the best scenery in the city.
14. The Parthenon
The Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee is the only to-scale rendering of the original structure in Athens. Maybe now you understand why Nashville is known as the Athens of the South?
Dollywood is the biggest ticketed tourist attraction in Tennessee, seeing 3 million people per year pass through its gates. The park is of course named after one of the state's most iconic figures, Dolly Parton herself.
16. Shelby Farms
Did you know that Shelby Farms in Memphis is five times the size of Central Park? It's true! You can even get there via the Shelby Farms Greenline that runs from Midtown Memphis all the way out to the park.
Continue to explore our great state with these famous Tennessee restaurants – they’re SO worth waiting in line for.