Fun things to do in Tennessee

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    Graceland's

    by Madasabull Updated Jan 21, 2014

    We arrived at Graceland's a little late in the day, and we had missed the last bus that would have taken us into the grounds, parked up, and let us wander around the house in single file, with 30 others.

    But you know what, it was cool. We weren't that bothered. We were just so glad to be at the main gate. There was a security guard on the gate, and nobody else around, as this isn't the usual way to enter, buses only you see.

    So we asked the security guard to take a pic of us and some video, and he did so without a problem. We walked up and down the road, and gave the house a big looking at from the drive, and that was it, done. It was enough for us, and like I said, great to see it and be there.

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    Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

    by Madasabull Updated Jan 21, 2014

    The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is something else. We were told that if we were near the Grand Ole Opry area, then we just have to go inside, or better still, spend a night or two in this place.

    Sadly, we couldn't afford the prices at the time we were there, so we just spent the day inside the hotel, wondering around, having something to eat, and enjoying the whole amazing place.

    It really is a place to see and spend time. Sure it's a hotel, but it's also like a theme park, and yet, like a huge greenhouse with rooms to rent.

    This place just has to be seen if your in the area, and if your not in the area, then it's still worth the trip. We would have loved to have been able to afford a night or two here, but hey.

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    Pigeon Forge and Dollywood

    by Madasabull Updated Jan 21, 2014

    While driving the Great Smoky Mountains, we were expecting to pass into Tennessee, but we didn't expect to drive straight into an amazing place called Pigeon Forge, let alone Dollywood!

    Sure we had heard about Dollywood, but never thought about visiting it, or the place it was in, we were just heading to Tennessee. But what a great find it was for us.

    We were looking for digs and it was New Years Eve, so we found a hotel just at the far end of Pigeon Forge to stay the night. The reason we drove straight through was that the traffic was murder. It was almost at a standstill and we thought that while we are still moving a little, we should get as far out as we can, but not too far, so that in the morning we aren't fighting all the traffic leaving after the New Year Parties. This turned out to be the best move.

    We had heard about Dollywood and Pigeon Forge, and thought it would be like just a big ranch style of fairground, but we didn't expect the whole town to be so full of things to do, places to eat, and so many people. It was amazing. It was very much a place where you would take younger children, not older teens, as it really seemed geared up for the younger ones and young families.

    Looking back, although I took my daughters to Disney in Florida when they were just 9 and 11, I really think they would have enjoyed this place much more at the ages they were, and maybe Disney when they were mid teens.

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    Clingman's Dome

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Aug 10, 2013

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    Clingman's Dome is the highest point in Tennesse and the Smokey Mountains national park. Unfortunately as you can see from the photo, the day I was here the views were not very good as all I could see was a few feet in front of my face.

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    Fort Nashborough

    by traveldave Updated Aug 6, 2012

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    Fort Nashborough was built on Cedar Bluffs on the banks of the Cumberland River in 1780. Named in honor of an American Revolutionary War general, the log fort withstood numerous attacks by the Chickamauga American Indian tribe, and sheltered the area's first families until the attacks ended in 1792. It was here on Christmas Day in 1779 that James Robertson founded the City of Nashville.

    The original Fort Nashborough eventually deteriorated to the point where it no longer existed. The rebuilt fort was completed in 1930 and is an accurate reconstruction of the original stockade and blockhouses, although it is slightly smaller than the original.

    Fort Nashborough has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

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    Memphis-Elvis

    by Florida999 Written Jul 22, 2011

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    It has been a few years since we visited Graceland, Elvis Presley's home in Tennessee, but Graceland is a must for any Elvis fan. I wasn't even a fan until after I visited!
    Sorry, no photos from inside, you are not allowed to take pictures inside, and have to go on a guided tour.
    The tour: it starts at the parking area outside of the grounds, and be warned! We were there in the middle of the week, but it was still packed and we had to wait to get on a tour. They drive you up to the mansion and you can walk around the ground floor . The top floor, where Elvis died , is off limits. You can walk around the grounds also, which has several horses. What surprised us was that Graceland was not larger. It was the size of an average 2 story nice house in a nice area.
    Outside is the grave site where Elvis and family are burried, and people leave flowers, stuffed animals and other stuff. It's really a sort of emotional experience.

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    Mount Le Conte

    by Florida999 Updated Jul 18, 2011

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    We hiked up this 6360 ft mountain in Tennessee, located in the Smokey Mountain National Park. It is the second highest peak in Tennessee, and you have to hike to get up there. It took us 7 hours both ways, and was around a 10 mile trip. It was fairly demanding and we were hurting a little the last mile out.
    But, totally worth it! We had sunshine and a great view on top, and enjoyed the hike, past Alum Cave and past the Lodge.

    Many people hike up to the Mount Le Conte lodge ( cabins and a lodge building) and spend the night, but reservations are very hard to get ( I heard more than a year in advance) plus it is not cheap. But, you can do this as a day hike, if you are in fairly decent physical condition.
    There is drinking water available up at the lodge, so you do not need to carry it all.

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    Clingmans Dome Highpoint of Tennessee

    by Florida999 Updated Jul 18, 2011

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    The highpoint of Tennessee at 6643 ft, also the highest mountain in the Smokies.
    We have been there several times and only once had sunshine and a nice view. Most of the time it looks like in my photo, cloudy, or rainy. That is why they are called the "Smokey Mountains" after all, the clouds often look like smoke. It is very wet and green there.

    You can drive almost all the way to the top, only a short walk up a paved road from the parking lot.

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    Gatlinburg

    by Florida999 Updated Jul 18, 2011

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    You will either love it or hate it! It's a sort of cute little town right next to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park with LOTS of tourists. I personally love Gatlinburg, people are friendly, lots of things to do, easy access to the NP and lots of great hiking trails, and anything from theme parks ( Dollywood is nearby in Pigeon Forge) to dinner shows. It's like Orlando on a small scale but prettier:)

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    Cades Cove

    by Florida999 Updated Jul 18, 2011

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    Cades Cove is one the areas in the Tennessee part of the Great Smokey Mountain National Park. It has a campground, picknic areas, and a 8 mile loop road that has various historical buildings along the way to look at plus lots of wildlife. We saw a Blackbear with 2 pups, right on the side of the road, plus lots of deer and turkeys. The mill was interesting too, they were actually grinding corn meal at the time.

    Make sure you have enough time, the loop road is one way, and people stop everywhere to take photos of the wildlife!! I would say it takes around 3 hours to do the loop road and look at the buildings, but worth it. It's a beautiful place.
    There are also many nice hiking trails starting from there, including Abrahms Falls.

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    Nashville - The Parthenon

    by OlenaKyiv Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Parthenon is possibly one of large attractions of Nashville located in Centennial Park in downtown. This is the only full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon in existence with 42-foot statue of Athena. The lower level of the Parthenon is used as an art gallery.

    The Parthenon is open
    Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 - 4:30;
    also on Sunday, 12:30 - 4:30 during June, July and August.

    Admission:
    Adults - $5.00; Children 4-17 - $2.50 (under 4 free); Seniors 62+ - $2.50.

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    Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    by goingsolo Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Great Smoky actually lies within the borders of North Carolina and Tennessee, but the park can be reached via entrances in either state. The Smoky Mountains' incomparible beauty is reason enough to visit this park, but add to that the abundant wildlife and historical sights and you have a park that is a must see. That's probably why its so popular and why 40 million or so people visit every year.

    For more information, feel free to visit my Great Smoky Mountains National Park page.

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    Roan Mountain, TN/NC

    by cruisingbug Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Roan Mountain State Park is a year-round outdoor destination, with offerings from the Rhododendron Festival in June to the Autumn Harvest in October to snow in the pines all winter long. You can come for a day and enjoy the beautiful scenery, or rent cabins for a mountain getaway.

    Cabin reservations go fast, so be sure to call early!

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    Warriors Path State Park

    by cruisingbug Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This park in the Colonial Heights area of Kingsport, TN is a great place to spend the day. The Patrick Henry Reservoir (part of the TVA system) offers boating (you can rent paddleboats) and swimming. Picnic areas abound, and pavilions are available (with reservations).

    A trail circles around Duck Island for walking or biking - and there's even little workout stations along the way if you're feeling very energetic. There's a large open area for kite-flying, or just lying in the sun.

    Mini-golf and horseback riding are also available on-site. (And at the end of your day, there's a Sonic conveniently located outside the entrance! Yum!)

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    Unicoi Apple Festival

    by cruisingbug Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Tennessee may not be as well known for its apples as Washington State or New York, but they throw one heck of an apple festival. We first went to the Unicoi County Apple Festival in 1992 - and boy, has it grown! The first weekend in October, thousands fill the streets of downtown Erwin - a relatively small, quiet community the rest of the year, best known for "hanging the elephant".

    Apples are the stars of the show - and they can be seen as craft booths, food booths, and vendors of all kinds line the streets. There's also a 4-mile road race and all kinds of down-home entertainment.

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