For many of us, Tennessee is synonymous with music. Nashville is known as the capital of country music although Bristol is actually where it was born. Memphis, with Elvis as its King, has had huge influence on blues, early rock and roll as well as soul music. Today you can visit the studios, homes and bars to see and hear where it all started.
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Why should I visit Tennessee?
But Tennessee is much more than music. Stretching from the Mississippi River to the Smoky Mountains at the southern end of the Appalachians, Tennessee is a state full of history and music dating back to 9000 BC when it was occupied by Paleo Indians. French and Spanish explorers have also left their mark. Tennessee joined the Union in 1796 when many of its population was Cherokee; 17,000 Cherokee were chased out in 1838-9 in the disastrous Trail of Tears.
Ever since the early days, Tennessee’s rivers have formed the main transport links and partly because of this during the American Civil War Tennessee had the most battles of any state bar Virginia. You can visit many battle sites and watch fascinating re-enactments. Tennessee also played a vital part in the Civil Rights Movement; the Nashville sit-ins were a famous part of a non-violent direct action campaign to end racial segregation and Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis.
Frontier America can arrange your Tennessee fly-drive holiday to include all the highlights of Tennessee plus its neighbouring states. Just email us with your ideas and one of our experts will create your perfect Tennessee holiday.
Aside from the main highlights of Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and The Smoky Mountains which have their own pages, there is much to enjoy on a fly-drive holiday through Tennessee.
The Natchez Parkway ends just south of Nashville. This “walk through history” starts at Natchez, Mississippi linking the Cumberland and Mississippi River. Created by Native Americans, it has been used by European and American explorers. Today the 444 mile path is a National Park; it makes for a tremendous walking or riding trail with lots of interesting stops such as Jackson Falls, The Tobacco Farm and the modern double arched bridge which forms part of Highway 96. Fortunately the path is criss-crossed by roads so you do not have walk all the way! See where David Crockett began his career, see what life was like for plantation owners, and investigate the mysterious death of explorer Meriwether Lewis.
See what the Tennessee byways have to offer on and explore native culture along the Cherokee Heritage Trails. Immerse yourself in Civil War drama as you travel the Civil War Trails through small towns and at Shiloh, Chattanooga and other large battlefields.
Tennessee was home to three presidents: you can visit their homes. Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage in Nashville, the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville or the James K. Polk home in picturesque Columbia. Other beautiful houses and plantations abound. Amongst our favourites are Bulloch Hall, Barrington Hall and the Smith Plantation all near Roswell just over the State Line from Georgia.
East Tennessee takes up about a third of the state and includes the Smokies. Highlights will include Knoxville’s Market Square, sailing the Lost Sea (America’s largest Underground Lake) or perhaps the WWII secret city where 75000 kept the making of the atomic bomb a secret. Visit Bristol, the birthplace of Country Music or visit Dollywood for thrilling roller coasters in Pigeon Forge on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains. Historic Jonesborough is Tennessee's oldest town is also marked as the Storytelling Capital of the World. Walk along well-preserved Main Street and go back in time to the days of Daniel Boone, Andrew Jackson and David Crockett
Jack Daniels - Discover the secrets of Jack Daniels on a fascinating tasting tour of the distillery. One of the strangest is that this icon of America is based in a dry county! Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House in an antebellum house makes for a good lunch spot. Reservations recommended.
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