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    I stopped at this visitors center on my way into Memphis - just to use the bathroom, to be honest. What I found there was a full-service visitors center, complete with gift shop, information kiosks, and a very friendly an helpful staff member. As I was purchasing some postcards, the staff member asked me what I planned to do in Memphis. I told her...

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    Cheesey? Of course, but you have to go to Graceland if you're going to be in Memphis. Follow the visit with a stop at Beale Street for lunch or dinner. I'm sure you've heard this before, but Graceland is TINY! They give you headphones that explain the rooms and you walk through at your own pace. I was dropped off by a shuttle at noon who was...

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  • Mississippi

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    The technical name of this bridge is the Hernando-Desoto bridge, although it's also known as the Mississippi Bridge and the new bridge. This bridge has actually been around for about 30 years. Most people distinguish this bridge from the other bridge by calling it the new bridge. It connects Memphis, Tennessee to West Memphis, Arkansas. If you miss...

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    Where do i start there are so many places to go to it has to be Graceland Elvis presleys home. Also Sun studios. and Beale street. My fondest memory was when I walked through the gates at Graceland for the first time and to be able to go inside Graceland it will be something i will never forget. I have wanted to go there since i was very young. I...

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    WC Handy is a name you are sure to hear about when you come to Memphis. WC Handy was known as the Father of the Blues, and Memphis is the home of the blues. Although WC Handy was born in Florence, Alabama he brought the Blues to Memphis, and they've been here ever since. You'll find this statue of WC Handy on Beale Street where the Blues come to...

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  • Friendly people open atmosphere in...

    In 2009 my wife and I spent a day in Nashville Tennesse. The culture of the city is very inviting. Shops, bars and restaurants have open doors down the main streets with live music coming out of many of the bars. Strangers would strike-up conversations with us and people would come by to pet our dog. The big thing is parking is tough downtown. We...

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  • Nashville

    Nashville was established in 1799 where Fort Nashborough was built on the banks of the Cumberland River to protect settlers from American Indian attacks. Once the natives were pacified, the settlement, then called Nashborough, became a center for the commerce and trade which flourished up and down the river. Later, steamboats and railroads brought...

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  • Chattanooga

    Chattanooga is located on the banks of the Tennessee River in the mountainous southeastern part of the state. Its name actually comes from a Creek Indian term meaning "rock coming to a point," and refers to the outline of Lookout Mountain, which towers over the city.In 1816, Chief John Ross of the Cherokee Indian tribe established a settlement that...

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  • Rock N' Roll is Here to Stay: Sun...

    1949 was the year that Sam Phillips opened his own recording studio in Memphis. It was then and still is an undistinguished brick building east of downton Memphis. He named it Sun Studio and advertised, "We record anything---anywhere---anytime."In 1954, a young machine shop worker named Elvis Presley walked into Sun Studio and sang, "That's All...

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  • Magnolia Trees

    What my mother liked about Tennessee was abundance of magnolia trees. Those trees are very gorgeous and beautiful with large white flowers and dark green leaves. The trees' blossom make eyes happy during late srping and early summer.

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  • Cumberland River

    Cumberland River flows by through Nashville. It is 687 miles (1,106 km) long. It starts in eastern Kentucky on the Cumberland Plateau, flows through southeastern Kentucky before crossing into northern Tennessee, and then curves back up into western Kentucky before draining into the Ohio River at Smithland, Kentucky.

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  • Appalachian Mountain Range

    I took this picture on one of my whirlwind adventures. This was a VERY hard range to cross, basically because I took state and county roads instead of the interstate. But as you can see, the trip truly paid off with a nice picture.

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  • Becoming President Via Tennessee...

    Another nickname for Tennessee is Mother of Southwestern Statesmen" because three U.S. presidents once lived in the state. (Andrew Jackson, James Polk, and Andrew Johnson).Andrew Jackson was a lawyer in Nashville and became a hero in the War of 1812 against the Creek Indians. As a result, he earned the nickname, "Old Hickory". He was elected as the...

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  • Tennessee River

    The state of Tennessee is also called the Big Bend State because the Native Americans called the Tennessee River "The River of the Big Bend". The river flows south through Tennessee into Alabama; then, it turns north and flows back into Tennessee! Also, the river divides Tennessee into 3 divisions.In the city of Savannah, you are able to visit the...

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  • Premier Archaeological Site: Pinson...

    One of the most fascinating places I've ever visited in Tennessee would be Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Area south of Jackson off of US-45. This protected site includes a series of mounds that date from the Middle Woodland Period (200 B.C.E. to A.D. 500). There's a very informative museum underground in a "faux mound" which is really like...

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  • Tennessee's Secret Role in World War II

    Oak Ridge, Tennessee, looks like an ordinary town today, but if you known the history of WWII, then you know that it's far from ordinary. The story goes that Albert Einstein wrote a letter to the President saying that the Germans were working on a powerful bomb and that we needed to counteract with a bomb of our own. President Roosevelt, along with...

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  • Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park

    David "Davy" Crockett: is he David or Davy? Well, his real name is "David", but his "Davy name" is used for the legendary figure portrayed in the popular 50s song and the Disney TV show called, "King of the Wild Frontier".David Crockett was born in a small cabin on the banks of the Noichucky River near a town in eastern Tennessee called Limestone...

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  • Cumberland Mountain State Park

    (Please click photo to see my handsome husband Allan and his lovely sister Jayne in the Cumberland Mountain State Park.)3 times, we have visited the Crossville area, and while there, we usually go to the Cumberland Mountain State Park just south of the town.Beautiful sandstone (called Crab Orchard stone) seems to be all over. There's a large dam...

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  • Nashville's "The District"

    "The District" in Nashville is a five-block area of restored buildings made up of restaurants, shops, pubs, galleries, and music venues. It's really a catchy name for the downtown entertainment district found between Fifth Avenue and the river.This is the home of the original Grand Ole Opry in Ryman Auditorium. The famed Tootsie's Orchid Lounge...

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  • Meeman-Shelby State Park North of...

    The park roads of Meeman-Shelby State Park is almost as much fun as the park itself. The bluff roads have roller-coaster dips that almost make your stomach "soar". This park has a western park boundary that follows the Mississippi River shoreline for at least 8 miles, and the Chickasaw Bluffs rise above it all.There's plenty of recreational...

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  • Recently Remodeled and Spectacular: Pink...

    The Memphis Pink Palace Museum has become the Pink Palace Family which includes:Pink Palace MuseumPink Palace MansionUnion Planters IMAX TheatreSharpe PlanetariumLichterman Nature CenterMallory-Neely HouseMagevney HouseCoon Creek Science CenterIt all started with a mansion built by Piggly Wiggly founder, Clarence Saunders. It was called Pink Palace...

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  • Memphis Zoo and Aquarium

    The number one attraction in Memphis is the Memphis Zoo and Aquarium! Over 90 years old, it's located on 70 wooded acres in the heart of the city with almost 3,000 animals. Recognized internationally for its breeding programs that have helped save the lowland gorillas and the snow leopards, it's a great place to spend time. They have a four-acre...

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  • The Legend Lives On....

    When I learned that Graceland, Elvis Presley's mansion in Memphis, is visited more than any other house in the United States aside from the White House, I was really surprise. I knew that Elvis was popular, moreso after his death. But, I had no idea about the passion people have for him, and that includes people from all over the world, not just...

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  • Home of the Blues

    Memphis is "home of the blues" mainly because of W.C. Handy, whose likeness stands in the W.C. Handy Park on famous Beale Street . (See photo)Early in the 1900s, Handy, a black composer and bandleader by trade, made Memphis his home because of the vibrant black music scene focused on Beale Street. At the time, a candidate for mayor of Memphis asked...

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  • Grandpa's Favorite Place to Fish: ...

    Reelfoot Lake State Resort Park lies in the northwestern corner of Tennessee and is the state's only natural lake. There's a real interesting reason why the lake exists. During the winter of 1811-12, a series of large earthquakes struck Tennessee (New Madrid earthquakes) which caused a large area of land to drop several feet! Water from the nearby...

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  • Info for you

    I recommend that you take your family, or go to get away from them. Don't expect a fast paced environment. People are visiting there from all over the United States, I met people from across the Midwest, Northeast, and even some from Texas! Sunset, stars on the lake.

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  • Tennessee River

    The Tennessee River rises in the mountains of northeastern Tennessee, and generally forms a wide U shape. It sweeps southeastward to the tri-state corner where Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama meet, then crosses northern Alabama at the bottom of the U all the way to the northwestern tip of Mississippi. From there the river swings back northward...

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  • A glance to the past

    Cades Cove buildings give good chance to feel the old times. Just one touch to old things gives a feeling that you are with those people right now in their days. Let's sit for awhile on the Church bench where more than a hundred years ago other people sat listening to service.

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  • Tennessee Valley Authority

    President Franklin Roosevelt needed innovative solutions if the New Deal was to lift the nation out of the depths of the Great Depression. And TVA was one of his most innovative ideas. Roosevelt envisioned TVA as a totally different kind of agency. He asked Congress to create “a corporation clothed with the power of government but possessed of the...

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  • Landscape

    The landscape of Tennesse is very divers. The rugged country in the east; Great Smokey Mountains, low ridges in the Applachian Valley, and the flat Cumberland Plateau. Slightly rolling terrain in the interior low plateau, the largest region; plain to the west, with meandering streams. Agricultural products from Tennessee: Soybeans, cotton, tobacco,...

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  • The Smokey Mountain National...

    The Smokey Mountain National Park is one of the most beautiful parks I have ever visited, but it can be crowded. The park is large enough that you can find peace and seclusion if you get off the main roads. The best trip was camping in the Cades Cove campground. We rented bikes and went on the loop around the old homesteads, hiked to waterfalls...

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  • Memphis

    Memphis is situated on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River at the western border of Tennessee. Like its ancient namesake in Egypt, this city lies above the apex of a mighty river delta.

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  • Civil Rights Museum

    The National Civil Rights Museum.-450 Mulberry Street.-The room Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. occupied at the Lorraine Motel in April 1968, and the balcony where he was assassinated, form an emotional focus of the Museum and the Lorraine Motel, and is the historical climax of the exhibits. '...I have a dream that my four little children will one day...

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  • Music City, USA

    While in Nashville you should take the opportunity to enjoy the great country & bluegrass music in the various bars along Broadway. On the Saturday night of our arrival we wandered into The Stage and were royally entertained by a great country band - I especially enjoyed their rendition of Johnny Paycheck's "She's All I Got". We left for a meal and...

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  • Music lovers paradise!

    Tennessee is a Music lovers paradise! You have the Grand ole Opry in Nashville and The Blues coming out of Memphis and Graceland Home of the King of Rock and Roll! But I didn't go to check any of it out. Hopefully some day I'll be back through the area and I'll see what's up with Buck Owens and the Buckaroos!

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  • MEMPHIS with the famous Beale...

    MEMPHIS with the famous Beale Street is a place to go if you are into country, jazz or blues music. Lots of cafes and pubs all along the street with live bands. The most touristic place in Memphis is of course Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. Despite the fact it's extremely touristic, I would highly recommend a visit. For human rights...

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  • kathycollins's General Tip

    My love of Tennessee is a love of beautiful scenery and enjoying the warmth and hospitality of its wonderful people. Take the byways instead of the major tourist attractions, and you find the heart of America!

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  • stand at the highest point in...

    stand at the highest point in the Smokey Mountains. The view is spectacular and breathtaking. I was barely in grade school so this probably won't be any big deal to anybody, but me, my younger brother and my dad went on a helicopter ride. I was only, like, seven so I thought it was da bomb.

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  • Visit Shelbyville TN the home...

    Visit Shelbyville TN the home of THE Horse Show. It features the Tennessee Walking Horses. The population of Shelbyville triples during this time frame and lots of the inhabitants leave town and lease their homes to visitor for the horse show. Other times the town is fairly quite. Farms around the area are beautiful. Note the walking horse motif in...

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  • Visit the Nashville area which...

    Visit the Nashville area which has many many commercial attractions eg. Opryland, which I didn’t visit but I’m sure they have been covered by other travelers. The town I grew up in, outside Nashville was called Old Hickory then. It is now called Lakewood, and is the home of the Hermitage; residence of Andrew Jackson. This site has been improved...

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  • If in Shady Valley you will be...

    If in Shady Valley you will be required to go to Damascus VA. It is the closest place to get legal beer. All of Johnson County in which Shady Valley and Mountain City are located, have prohibition laws in effect. It is reached by a road following a creek about 12 miles on TN133, through what is known as the 'GORGE' between Iron Mountains and the...

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  • Visit Mountain City TN is...

    Visit Mountain City TN is another of the shopping towns about 12 miles from Shady Valley. It is reached by traveling US 421 over Iron Mountain, a real thrill ride, with switchbacks, blind curves and few guard rails. It is the county seat of Johnson County but is still a very small rural town.

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  • Visit Bristol TN/VA is the...

    Visit Bristol TN/VA is the largest town in the area. The state line runs down the middle of the town, dividing the Tennessee part from the Virginia part. It is about 20 miles from Shady Valley, over the Holston Mountains on US421. Going over the mountain is another thrill, on the Bristol side at the base of the mountains is Holston Lake where there...

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  • Visit Knoxville TN home of the...

    Visit Knoxville TN home of the U of Tennessee, TVA and is the commercial center of upper east Tennessee. The city and the University have changed greatly since we left 40 years ago. The campus has spread out with new buildings and dorms, and the football stadium has been expanded greatly

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  • Visit Shady Valley TN, It is...

    Visit Shady Valley TN, It is almost too small to be counted as a town. It doesn’t have a stop light and only 1 intersection with stop signs. It is located in extreme Northeast Tennessee, in the valley between the Iron Mountains and the Holston Mountains. They are part of the Appalachian chain. It sits at the crossroads of TN 91, TN133, and US421....

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