Tennessee September 05, 2018
10 Ways Tennessee Has Quietly Become The Most Unique State In The Nation
We tend to think that Tennessee has always been a beautiful and special place, one of the most unique states in the nation. For others though, the ones who don’t live here or maybe don’t know as much about their state’s history, a few facts are in order. These 10 crazy things are ALL about Tennessee, and have helped, over the years to make the Volunteer State one of the most unique in the United States. Do you agree?
10. Tennessee has some of the best selling and quality whiskey in the world.
You can thank Jack Daniel's for putting Tennessee on the global map. Known across the world for its smooth quality, perfect for your sipping enjoyment, it's still known as one of the best whiskeys around.
9. Did you know it's known as one of the most "neighborly" states in the union?
Yep, Tennessee ties with Missouri when it comes to bordering the most states. There are eight other states that touch state lines, including Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Alabama.
8. Chattanooga has the fastest internet in the US.
Step aside, Silicon Valley! Chattanooga houses the Electric Power Board, which means the southern Tennessee city has internet speeds more than 50 times the average across the United States.
7. We're home to one of the largest underground lakes in the world.
The Lost Sea is the largest underground lake in the United States, and it ranks as one of the largest in the world. You can take a tour of the beautiful natural space in Sweetwater, Tennessee.
6. Are you an aquarium fan?
Then you should head to Chattanooga, where the local freshwater aquarium is one of the largest in the world.
5. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited in the country.
We know you love Yosemite, but it's the Great Smokies that take home the title when it comes to the most visited park in the United States. It's shared between Tennessee and North Carolina, so technically it has the grace of easy access, but still. We're proud.
4. Mini golf got its start in Tennessee.
It's true! The first patented mini golf course was located on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, thus going on to support awkward first dates everywhere.
3. We're home to "The Athens of the South."
In case you're curious, that's good ol' Music City. Nashville is known as an "Athens" of sorts because of its large number of higher education institutions.
2. Also, country music. Does it get more legendary than the Mother Church?
The Ryman Auditorium is located in the heart of Nashville, and it's one of the prime music venues not only in the city but across the nation. Playing the Ryman, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, is akin to walking across an Oscars stage.
1. If you've ever enjoyed a Little Debbie's pastry or a moonpie…
Then you can thank a Tennessean. Both companies made their start in the Volunteer State and have helped foster a killer sweet tooth in the general public ever since.
Continue to love and explore Tennessee with a visit to one of
these local harvest festivals this autumn.