The three stars on Tennessee’s flag represent the Grand Divisions: East, Middle and West, each with a rich heritage. West Tennessee is famous for barbecue, rock 'n' roll and blues music. The heartland of Middle Tennessee is home to Music City, the Cumberland River and antebellum homes. Over in East Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, bluegrass and Appalachian crafts tell quite a story.

Browse the stories, facts, photos and other tidbits below to get a feel for Tennessee. Then, learn more Tennessee facts and state symbols.

Sun Studios changed the world with its music. Experience the legends now @CashMuseum in Nashville. #madeintn pic.twitter.com/afrU1w9V0Z Aug 30
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Summer goes out with a bang and a lot of music Saturday in @Visit_Knoxville #Knoxboomsday pic.twitter.com/lrwWVnfUZX Aug 28
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250,000 fans. 10 nights. 2,000 horses. 1 Champion. @twhceleb #madeintn pic.twitter.com/ez4UsEYldc Aug 27
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Our state horse has three gaits. Giddyup! see answer The Tennessee Walking Horse. go back TN treasure Fluke Holland celebrates 60 years of keeping the beat for legends – Elvis, Johnny, Carl & Roy. #madeintn pic.twitter.com/ZE3V2e2uwg Aug 25
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Where history isn’t reminisced, it’s relived. #MuseumofAppalachia #madeintn pic.twitter.com/3p6dLJWoPR Aug 22
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No fuss. No frills. Just darn good music that soothes the soul. @SmokyMtnOpry #mountainopry #madeintn pic.twitter.com/4mEv15m7SA Aug 19
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Travel 20 cities and 954 miles in five short blocks at @MudIslandPark. Photo: instagram.com/msmo423. #madeintn pic.twitter.com/uUYrRSGpbQ Aug 17
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The "Birthplace of Country Music." see answer Bristol. go back Remembering The King that changed the world with the birth of rock 'n' roll. @VisitGraceland #madeintn #ElvisWeek pic.twitter.com/8wYHVSPicQ Aug 15
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Made-in-Memphis guitar used all over the world? see answer Gibson. Tour the Gibson Guitar Factory. go back Longest running live radio broadcast? see answer The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville. go back
Can you name the themes on our state seal? see answer Agriculture and commerce. go back Where #SharkWeek happens 52 times a year. @TNAquarium #madeintn #chattanooga pic.twitter.com/7saQcGUtfg Aug 12
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This famous African American wrote Roots. see answer Alex Haley. go back "Coat of Many Colors" is her favorite composition. see answer Dolly Parton. go back Where it all started, and never stopped. The soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee. #madeintn youtu.be/4gC6dh6AR1M Aug 5
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The #MemphisZoo is unlike any other. Thanks for capturing @jonathanfreese. bit.ly/memphiszoo #madeintn pic.twitter.com/CBHAOQj8e4 Aug 3
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This view. #madeintn Find out what else there is to see and do in the #Smokies: bit.ly/smokymtns pic.twitter.com/iwD8wfNrv7 Aug 2
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@TNVacation last night the Collins River at Rock Island State Park, Rock Island, TN pic.twitter.com/PBNfysD1HY Aug 2
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America the Beautiful Travel Bucket List: Blue Ridge Parkway ow.ly/zNd4k @RootsRated @TNVacation @Visit_Knoxville Aug 1
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One of the many reasons @DiscoveryParkUC is an experience that can only be #madeintn. bit.ly/dscvyprk pic.twitter.com/W9L2xzCEKu Aug 1
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Now, that’s a sight you don’t see every day. #BeershebaSprings #madeintn Photo credit: instagram.com/isabelchenoweth pic.twitter.com/B3b67GfpqF Jul 31
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We get our state gem from our rivers. see answer Freshwater pearls are from our river mussels. go back Standing in the #oprycircle is an experience that can only be #madeintn. Photo credit: instagram.com/rikklesss pic.twitter.com/fwXNJ5GcHK Jul 30
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The story of how it came to be is almost as amazing as looking at it. bit.ly/reelfootlk #reelfoot #madeintn pic.twitter.com/SSkvsx4rSq Jul 29
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Stormy day, but stunning #sunset yesterday @WCYB_DaveDierks @TNVacation @SWVApost Photo: bit.ly/1uzWv5c pic.twitter.com/tN3UJTRlrS Jul 29
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Did you know Tennessee has a state fruit? see answer It's the tomato. go back The @bleubirdblog family spent 4 days exploring #EastTennessee. These are some of the memories they #madeintn bit.ly/bleubird Jul 25
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Morning's #sunrise at #SouthHolstonLake @TNVacation @WCYB_DaveDierks @MyBristolVisit Photo: bit.ly/1nGqYL9 pic.twitter.com/8KWWCgWETn Jul 25
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Dolly Parton Welcomes Families 'Home' to Tennessee — Exclusive Video yhoo.it/1nXKzjX Jul 24
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Take a tour of East #Tennessee through the eyes of @bleubirdblog and her family. bit.ly/1x7Tvcc #madeintn pic.twitter.com/6GMr4iskm7 Jul 24
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Our state tree was used for building by pioneers. see answer Our tulip poplars grow statewide. go back This view of the #Smokies from a saddle is one memory that can only be #madeintn. bit.ly/ccriding ow.ly/i/6hKk9 Jul 20
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Experience a moment of complete awe that can only be Made in Tennessee. #madeintn bit.ly/mitbeauty pic.twitter.com/aSH5dartsA Jul 19
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This state rock is showcased in buildings. see answer Limestone. The other state rock is agate. go back Host to the world's largest artificial skiing surface. see answer Ober Gatlinburg. go back It’s a connection. A reunion. That can only be Made in Tennessee. #madeintn bit.ly/mitfamily pic.twitter.com/vCtmf6wOfe Jul 17
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@TNVacation gets some love from @60Minutes. A piece about the #firefly is highlighted in this six-minute video: cbsn.ws/1mZoc3d Jul 13
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#FallCreekFalls is just one of more than 500 incredible waterfalls #madeintn. Image credit: @lowanglephoto. pic.twitter.com/GwTsNzIfaj Jul 13
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Forks of the River sea of yellow. #madeintn #forksoftheriver. Thanks for capturing @DeeandYum pic.twitter.com/NZYvQ8x62n Jul 11
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What was the first combination candy bar? see answer GooGoo Cluster, by Standard Candy Company. go back Home to Bonnaroo and George Dickel? see answer Coffee County. go back That’s one heck of a swimming pool. Great capture @keeliamaclennan #Cumminsfalls #tnvacation #tnstateparks pic.twitter.com/N2QUe5sFwE Jul 7
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Can’t beat this #tennesseesummer view. Thanks for sharing @amandachitta #tnvacation #stonedoor #beershebasprings pic.twitter.com/dBDQj9crGF Jul 6
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Headquartered in Jamestown, along 127 Corridor? see answer The World's Longest Yard Sale. go back Not a bad place to be during a #tennesseesummer. Great capture @TheJoannaDee #stonesriver #tnvacation pic.twitter.com/PBNcPHSTvt Jul 5
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Another reason to get to #Nashville for the 4th. bit.ly/1kjPnzL Jul 3
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No surprise @CadeCove made the list, but it's not our only gem. Come see all the other wonders of Tennessee. cnn.it/1qzla7j Jul 2
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Nothing says Fourth of July like being on the water. Find your spot: buff.ly/1iTk6Jc #tnvacation pic.twitter.com/A91y5eRXNw Jul 2
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This 4th of July, #Nashville is lighting up the stage and the sky. #tnvacation bit.ly/1mivgYt pic.twitter.com/bxLKKZp7dO Jul 1
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#ArringtonVineyards has put #Nashville on the wine-country map. A must see on your next #tnvacation. pic.twitter.com/qtxdRLAqqa Jun 30
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Tennessee's "Little Grand Canyon"? see answer The Tennessee River Gorge. go back Beauty reflects beauty. Thanks for the gorgeous shot @ummdavin. #Nashville #fanphoto #tnvacation pic.twitter.com/9w09GVECTK Jun 29
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The Ramsey House in #Knoxville becomes a field of dreams for today’s #VintageBaseball game. buff.ly/1nPIS8Z #tnvacation Jun 28
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In a savory surprise, #Nashville & #Memphis are 1-2 on @TravlandLeisure's Best #BBQ Cities list. #winwin #BBQheaven buff.ly/1jfYfpZ Jun 24
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Our visit to Dollywood bleubirdblog.com/2014/06/dollyw… @TNVacation Jun 21
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Experience @Dollywood via the beautiful words and pictures of @bleubirdblog's James Kicinski McCoy and her family. buff.ly/1jFocir Jun 21
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Music's huge here. How many state songs? see answer Rocky Top, Tennessee Waltz, plus 7 more! go back From #Husk to #CityHouse to #HattieBs, #RolfandDaughters chef picks his #Nashville foodie favorites. buff.ly/1yoy9uv #tnvacation Jun 19
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Site for 1996 Olympic whitewater competition. see answer The rushing Ocoee River. go back Hike the trail, hear the roar, feel the mist. #CumberlandTN #CaneCreekFalls #tnvacation #tnstateparks pic.twitter.com/MwTHR8DPPB Jun 17
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Dollywood? Graceland? Historic RCA Studio B? see answer Sevierville. Memphis. Nashville. go back Give dad a feast fit for a king: bit.ly/Uohat6. Happy #FathersDay to all the dads out there. #tnstateparks pic.twitter.com/MGVmsyWcAG Jun 15
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Hear good tunes and do some good at @Bonnaroo this weekend. buff.ly/1udC2gW #rootforroo Jun 12
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The best summer music festival in the nation kicks off today. What acts are you most excited to see? #Bonnaroo2014 Jun 12
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Whether it’s your 1st or 5th time, attend #Bonnaroo like a pro with @Southern_Living's guide. bit.ly/SBmN5H pic.twitter.com/28Yhnv4h8L Jun 12
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Our state insects: One blinks. Hint, hint. see answer There’s 3: Firefly, ladybug, honeybee. go back Retweet great photo of #Elvis from @BCMBristol #OrthophonicJoy #bristolsessions pic.twitter.com/ioBPCnGfbb Jun 10
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@JohnnyCash said: #BristolSessions were “the single most important event in the history of country music.” on.fb.me/1mjPtYo Jun 10
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Privileged to be a part of Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited. Learn more about it here: youtu.be/Q7sAc4i-1gc Jun 10
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87 years ago, Ralph Peer discovered the Carter Family. Who will it be this year? bit.ly/1n3FIzj #OrthophonicJoy #BristolSessions Jun 10
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Music legends salute @BCMBristol #OrthophonicJoy #BristolSessions bit.ly/1n3FIzj pic.twitter.com/c7k6AMlX3M Jun 10
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This fall, history repeats itself as country artists rerecord the original Bristol Sessions. #OrthophonicJoy pic.twitter.com/iIJKbOpiA5 Jun 10
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Before honky tonks, steel guitars, outlaws, rhinestone cowboys and even the Opry, there was this... #OrthophonicJoy youtu.be/-N-s5wRKIMg Jun 10
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Huge music announcement happening today 2pm @countrymusichof. Stay tuned. #orthophonicjoy pic.twitter.com/IWb0extn4H Jun 10
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What does XVI signify on Tennessee's seal? see answer Tennessee was the union’s 16th state. go back Ever had a #JohnnyCash Pickle from the Kingsport #FarmersMarket ? @TNVacation Photo: bit.ly/1jgbdU9 pic.twitter.com/UI78QThF9M Jun 9
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He said "I'm going to get a picture of the view, but first..." #tnvacation instagram.com/p/pADFgUSU3k/ Jun 9
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Everything you need for a long weekend in #Nashville via @allisongumbel @WSJ on.wsj.com/1p2OXVb pic.twitter.com/dTZUh2Gy4d Jun 8
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2 hours till the final #CMAFest concert @LP_Field. @BradPaisley @ladyantebellum @HunterHayes @zacbrownband @ThomasRhett @CharlieDaniels Jun 8
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A little indulgence never hurt anyone. @BlushingBerryTN #localflavor #NolensvilleTN pic.twitter.com/ENrlskDRNa Jun 8
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Some things are not meant to be resisted. The confections at #Nolensville’s @BlushingBerryTN top the list. #tncrafted pic.twitter.com/GbgIgHMv3U Jun 8
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Just a taste of what you’ll see from the window on TN’s 5 scenic byways. bit.ly/SfFxHL #NationalTrailsDay pic.twitter.com/t29WdxpPOT Jun 7
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Hiking boots are optional for #Tennessee’s 19 driveable adventure trails. #NationalTrailsDay pic.twitter.com/ROftKwObTf Jun 7
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The @HunterHayes surprising his fans with a free show at the @nashvillesymph during #CMAFest. Still time to get here! pic.twitter.com/NCWKV1AZVo Jun 6
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#FriFotos #FoodArt 25-lb. apple pie at #SpotlightBakery at @Dollywood #PigeonForgeTN @TNVacation pic.twitter.com/E4V0kYK8Dl Jun 6
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To feel the full weight of history, it helps to stand in the footprints of giants. Start here: buff.ly/1urLIX2 pic.twitter.com/jPRwaGzX6B Jun 6
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This city was chosen state capital in 1843. see answer Nashville. You may know it as “Music City.” go back @TNVacation Don't miss the inaugural @MoonRiverFest 6/7 at @LevittShell! moonriverfestival.com Jun 5
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In #Nashville for #CMAFest? Here’s an insider’s take on where to fuel up: cntrvlr.com/1kcdsKE. Jun 5
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#CMAFest2014 kicks off today in #Nashville. Who are you most excited about seeing? #countrymusic bit.ly/SbZWgx Jun 5
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What two state fish were designated in 1988? see answer The largemouth bass and the channel catfish. go back Tennessee borders eight states. Name them! see answer KY, VA, NC, GA, AL, MS, AR and MO. go back Do you know Tennessee's two state birds? see answer The mockingbird and the bobwhite quail. go back #CMAfest has unofficially begun! Performances have kicked off downtown at the CMA World GlobaLive! stage. pic.twitter.com/oF9OM4CU3r Jun 2
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A sneak peak of @FristCenter’s @martystuarthq “American Ballads” photo exhibit by @gardenandgunmag: shar.es/SP350. May 31
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From Goya to Monet to Marty, @FristCenter may be the only place in #Nashville where music plays second fiddle. pic.twitter.com/fceu170mmW May 31
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Pawpaw trees attract this state butterfly. see answer The gorgeous Zebra Swallowtail. go back #Frozenhead is a good place to start. Plan your adventure: buff.ly/1pC9JYQ @TennStateParks pic.twitter.com/sToIohFde3 May 29
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A seven-mile hike isn’t so bad when this is what’s waiting for you. #frozenhead #WartburgtN @TennStateParks pic.twitter.com/0Hpgw2Gg0W May 29
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There’s more than one way to see the #Smokies. @LegacyMtnPF @My_PigeonForge pic.twitter.com/BZgL6X5tEx May 28
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This view makes you jealous of the birds. @LegacyMtnPF @My_PigeonForge pic.twitter.com/FWoVzowwEL May 28
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Fiery sunset south of Nashville #Tennessee #photography #travel #sunsetphoto #nature pic.twitter.com/YqnhtPtcDy May 28
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With two state flowers, we’re abloom! see answer Purple passionflower and iris go back Live life on the wild side from the safety of your car in Alamo, TN. #TennesseeSafariPark buff.ly/1mbBDsc pic.twitter.com/9JwNuLkgdK May 25
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It’s exactly like a drive-thru, except it’s a zoo. And only the animals get to eat. #TennesseeSafariPark #AlamoTN pic.twitter.com/dM86XZIoqP May 25
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state tree Tulip Poplar
state motto Agriculture and Commerce
state bird Mockingbird
state capitol Nashville
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