2016 may have been a crazy bit of a year – full of extremes and all sorts of confusion from one side of the country to another – but 2017 is a whole new slate. How better to start over than create a whole list of Tennessee resolutions? We have almost thirty to get you started!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
27. Point Park - Chattanooga
As a facet of the Chattanooga National Military Park, Point Park can be reached by taking Lookout Mountain's Incline Railway, the steepest railway in America.
26. The RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival - Bell Buckle
The tiny city of Bell Buckle is best known for their RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival, a summer get-together that draws tourists from all over the state.
25. The Ryman Auditorium - Nashville
The Mother Church of country music boasts one of the most well-known venues in the country. The acoustics are fantastic, and the history runs real deep.
24. The Cotton Museum - Memphis
Located at 65 Union Avenue, the Cotton Museum is based on the property of the former Memphis Cotton Exchange. It's a deep dive into Tennessee history that will only serve to intensify your love of our great state.
23. The Tennessee State Capitol - Nashville
The Capitol building was built in 1859, and there are quite a few monuments scattered across the grounds. It was modeled by the famed William Strickland
22. The Knoxville Zoo - Knoxville
Known as one of the best zoos in the country, The Knoxville Zoo covers 53 acres and boasts over 800 animals.
21. Shelby Farms - Memphis
As the largest urban park in the United States, Shelby Farms has a lot to be proud of. It's actually FIVE times the size of Central Park, with over 20 bodies of water and miles of trail, plus the Woodland Discover playground which is REAL popular with the kiddos. With 120 acres of off-leash areas, it's also perfect for (wo)man's best friend.
20. The National Civil Rights Museum - Memphis
Located in the notorious Lorraine Motel, this Memphis peek back in time gives you a realistic look at the Civil Rights Movement.
19. Ruby Falls - Chattanooga
With a 145-foot waterfall over 1,000 feet below the surface, Ruby Falls is a place of extreme wonder and awe.
18. The Cherohala Skyway - Various
One of the best known scenic byways in the United States, Cherohala Skyway runs from Tellico Plains, Tennessee to Robbinsville, North Carolina.
17. Reelfoot Lake State Park - Tiptonville
Created by a series of earthquakes in the early 19th century, Reelfoot Lake has a solid foot in our history and the strange wonder of the earth's power.
16. The Natchez-Trace - Various
Running hundreds of miles from the heart of Tennessee into Mississippi, the Natchez-Trace is a road perfect for biking or driving down, country music playing and a cup of something warm in hand.
15. The Loveless Café - Nashville
The Loveless Cafe has come to represent Southern culture here in Tennessee. It may be a bit of a solid tourist draw, but you simply can't miss out.
14. Graceland - Memphis
The historic home of Elvis Presley, Graceland has taken on a life of its own in music history. You can find it at 3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard.
13. Watauga Lake - Butler
This gorgeous East Tennessee gem is protected by the state and proffers one of the most beautiful hideaways in the state. You'll have to look at their cabins for rent!
12. The Secret City - Oak Ridge
Famed for its involvement in World War Two, the Secret City in Oak Ridge, Tennessee is a place you REALLY need to visit - it had a huge impact on the United States, and of course - Tennessee.
11. The Dragon - Various
Known as one of the most adventurous roadways in the world, The Dragon snakes its way through the Great Smoky Mountains and calls to adventure seekers from around the world.
10. Frozen Head State Park
Frozen Head, well. It's simply one of the most beautiful parks in the state and you have to visit. End of story.
8. The Tennessee Aquarium - Chattanooga
As one of the largest freshwater aquariums in the entire WORLD, the Tennessee Aquarium has more than 12,000 animals on display for educational purposes.
7. Savage Gulf - Chattanooga Area
Savage Gulf proffers some of the best camping for you outdoorsy folks, and hikes that sit on the more difficult side of the ratings scale. It's a challenge worth taking!
6. The Jack Daniel's Distillery - Lynchburg
You can take the visit at 133 Lynchburg Hwy, but there's no drinkin' on the premises! Strangely enough, Lynchburg is in a dry county.
5. The Bell Witch Cave - Adams
Known as one of the most haunted places in the United States, taking a tour of the Bell Witch Cave may just give you the fright of your life.
4. The Lost Sea - Sweetwater
As one of the largest underground lakes in the world, The Lost Sea proffers glass boat tours that allow you to see deep to the bottom of the underground pool.
3. The Pyramid - Memphis
The Pyramid is one of the quirkiest pieces of architectures in Memphis - and it houses a Bass Pro Shop. #worthit
2. Radnor Lake - Brentwood
Located just outside of Nashville, Radnor Lake is a gem for those of you looking to clear your head after a long day at work. Plus, the lake loop is the perfect length - not too long, not too short.
1. Cades Cove - Great Smoky Mountain National Park
One of the most visited spots in the Great Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove is perfect for a quiet afternoon to yourself or out with the littles - this is a place that truly reflects the beauty of our great state.