Traveling in Tennessee
Tennessee is a southeastern state known in America for its cities like Memphis and Nashville as well as its love for music. Even when I first arrived to the airport in Nashville, I came across a small live band in an airport restaurant! Some of the most famous singers in the United States have emerged from Tennessee, including Elvis Presley. Aside from its cities and music, Tennessee is also known for its great outdoors. In the east you’ll find the Great Smoky Mountains, one of America’s largest national parks on the east coast. Meanwhile in the west runs the Mississippi River, which provides some unique swamps and habitats for wildlife.
The city of Memphis is one of America’s greatest places for music lovers ever since Elvis Presley started rock’n and rollin in the early 1960’s. Elvis fans come from all over the world to visit Graceland, his home during the last 20 years of his life and now his final resting place. Another great American who passed away in Memphis was Martin Luther King after his assassination in 1968. After sightseeing in Memphis, you can explore the night life on Beale Street, or catch an event at the famous Pyramid.
Known as the country music capital of the world, Nashville is a must for country lovers. Nashville’s downtown area on Broadway street is full of BBQ restaurants, live country music and several bars. Though the country music is definitely what Nashville’s reputation is built around, there are many attractions for everyone. One example is a full replica of the Parthenon located in Athens Greece that has been constructed in Nashville.
Gatlinburg is located right on the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Gatlinburg is almost more of an open amusement park than a town. Live country music, moonshine bars, plenty of hotels, restaurants and bars make this town very lively place and a must visit for those in the Smoky Mountains.
The Chickasaw wildlife refuge is a small area along the Mississippi River. Here you’ll find some of the unique bottomwood forests and swamps. The refuge is a haven for all types of wildlife from birds of prey, to reptiles, waterfowl and large mammals.