Tennessee March 05, 2019
Here Are 10 Rites Of Passage That Every Tennessean Must Experience Once
If you’ve ever lived in the state of Tennessee, then you know there are some experiences you simply have to make your own before you can consider yourself a true Tennessean. Some require recognition of quiet cities, others an investment in time or even personal vernacular. These ten rites of passage are real and pretty dang hilarious if you hail from the great Volunteer State.
1. Enjoy half a lifetime in I-24 traffic.
Ah, if this isn't a true Tennessee experience we don't know what is! Nashville has recently become plagued with radical traffic issues as the city grows by leaps and bounds. This is Tennessee.
2. You know exactly what Tennessee's "Scenic City" is all about…
..and you're in love with it. You know that Chattanooga is a gorgeous spot not only to visit, but you'd move there in a heartbeat.
3. Beat through the hordes of crowds at the grocery store…
…after the weatherman says "snowflake." No, but really. Snow and Tennessee just don't mix, so be careful!
4. Find macaroni & cheese listed as a vegetable at your favorite meat 'n three restaurant.
It's true! Some folks list this starchy side as a veggie, and we can't say we're mad about it. Now, our waistlines? That's a whole different story.
5. You can't address a crowd without saying "y'all."
Some might argue it's their favorite word, especially if they're born and raised in the state. You'll find it all over the place - you simply have to look.
6. You find yourself a secret family recipe.
You may marry into the secret recipe book, or perhaps you create one yourself. That's even better!
7. You've accepted that there's only one type of whiskey.
Daniels. Jack Daniels.
8. Rocky Top has been ingrained in your memory.
If you know all the words, then you know you've made it in Tennessee.
9. You've been to Dollywood….
…and loved it.
10. You're dedicated to the beauty of a tax-free weekend.
Once you've experienced it, you can't stop the obsession.
If you’re looking for more fun in Tennessee, make sure to check out the oldest covered bridge in the state.
It’s got quite the story to it!