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.

26 Tennesseans running across 7 states in 8 days for @bostonmarathon bombing victims. Follow their #runtoboston at buff.ly/1h834z7. Apr 17
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#Nashville is playing more than 200 films over the next 10 days. You gotta see at least one. #NaFF14 buff.ly/1j2BtSp Apr 16
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Anyone going to the @nashfilmfest? #NaFF14 buff.ly/1iqGNkZ Apr 16
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The oldest film festival in the south kicks off tomorrow in #Nashville. Get your tickets here #NaFF14 bit.ly/1j0wjoS Apr 16
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Made-in-Memphis guitar used all over the world? see answer Gibson. Tour the Gibson Guitar Factory. go back Tennessee's "Little Grand Canyon"? see answer The Tennessee River Gorge. go back .@KingsOfLeon @theblackkeys @BenFolds @martinamcbride & many other amazing musicians call #Nashville home. Here’s why bit.ly/1qF0Xu3 Apr 15
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What does XVI signify on Tennessee's seal? see answer Tennessee was the union’s 16th state. go back Forget what you think you know about #Nashville. Here’s the real story. bit.ly/1qF0Xu3 Apr 15
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Site for 1996 Olympic whitewater competition. see answer The rushing Ocoee River. go back "Coat of Many Colors" is her favorite composition. see answer Dolly Parton. go back Dollywood? Graceland? Historic RCA Studio B? see answer Sevierville. Memphis. Nashville. go back Music makes quite the side dish. Marcy Jo’s songwriter nights feed your appetite and your soul. buff.ly/1e88W0p #MarcyJos Apr 13
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Our state horse has three gaits. Giddyup! see answer The Tennessee Walking Horse. go back If the way to your heart is through your stomach, then Marcy Jo must have lots of groupies. #MarcyJos pic.twitter.com/cm1JBf0ctH Apr 13
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Our state tree was used for building by pioneers. see answer Our tulip poplars grow statewide. go back Clean plates say a lot about someone’s cooking. At Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse in Columbia people often resort to licking. buff.ly/1hd8Hki Apr 13
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The "Birthplace of Country Music." see answer Bristol. go back Get out & enjoy the #dogwood #blooms along the Trails, Byways, Open Gardens & Walking Trails! dogwoodarts.com/bloomwatch2014 pic.twitter.com/mMY6IAYTcW Apr 12
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#Knoxville’s @dogwoodarts Festival turns sidewalks and parks into canvases all April long. buff.ly/1oXxKNp Apr 12
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Don't miss out on seeing Sam & Susie McCamy's featured garden open this wknd only! dogwoodarts.com for info! pic.twitter.com/OIMZz7vPgE Apr 12
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Find where natural and artistic beauty intertwine. Head for @dogwoodarts huge sculptures in downtown #Knoxville. bit.ly/1gTzld5 Apr 12
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Our state insects: One blinks. Hint, hint. see answer There’s 3: Firefly, ladybug, honeybee. go back Did you know Tennessee has a state fruit? see answer It's the tomato. go back Thousands of #tulips in peak bloom right now at @Cheekwood Botanical Garden. A site you won’t want to miss. pic.twitter.com/Cut5W4h2sw Apr 11
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Want to learn how #moonshine is made? Stop by @SugarlandsShine for a free behind-the-scenes tour of their distillery. buff.ly/1hd52D3 Apr 10
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Not like mature whiskey, unaged rye is spicy and surprisingly sweet. Grab a jar at Gatlinburg’s @SugarlandsShine. buff.ly/1e87oDH Apr 10
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Can’t beat free sips of @SugarlandsShine in Gatlinburg. Stop by the Sippin’ Post after a distillery tour. #SipsUp pic.twitter.com/eWhQ6y6WvI Apr 10
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You may not understand a word Moonshiner’s Jim Tom says on TV, but his @SugarlandsShine Unaged Rye speaks for itself. buff.ly/1hzKiRg Apr 10
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Music's huge here. How many state songs? see answer Rocky Top, Tennessee Waltz, plus 7 more! go back Vince Gill, Robert Plant & Eric Clapton are just some of the names on @gruhnguitars' customer list. Stop by the #Nashville shop & add yours. Apr 9
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Bet the #guitars lining the walls at @gruhnguitars in #Nashville have some good stories to tell. buff.ly/1g4yTt8 Apr 9
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Old & New School Soul: 3 #Memphis Restaurants That'll Feed Your Appetite & Your Heart bit.ly/1egqyYo #TripTales Apr 8
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What about #Memphis inspires you folks? Apr 8
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.@jtimberlake has said the many sounds of #Memphis shaped his early musical career and continues to inspire him. buff.ly/1gHVmvx Apr 8
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This city was chosen state capital in 1843. see answer Nashville. You may know it as “Music City.” go back No matter what #music you listen to, #Tennessee is the best place to visit for a toe-tapping good time: bit.ly/1fMPJwm #tnvacation Apr 7
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#Memphis doesn't just play the blues. Check out @MinglewoodHall's May lineup including @SpoonTheBand & @IronAndWine. bit.ly/QYKmoF Apr 7
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Used to be the Tastee Bread Factory. Now, @MinglewoodHall rocks, raps and regales #Memphis with live music. pic.twitter.com/Wh3N6UNgX7 Apr 7
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This famous African American wrote Roots. see answer Alex Haley. go back
Headquartered in Jamestown, along 127 Corridor? see answer The World's Longest Yard Sale. go back It’s obvious Tennesseans are proud of our state. Congrats @visitfranklin for winning greatest #SouthernTowns. bit.ly/1q9r7Vo Apr 5
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We get our state gem from our rivers. see answer Freshwater pearls are from our river mussels. go back .@NCRMuseum’s candlelight vigil for Dr. King is tonight. If you can’t be there, light a candle in his honor & tweet it using #FreedomForward Apr 4
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Years ago, a man had a dream for America’s children. Today, his legacy lives on at the newly renovated @NCRMuseum. bit.ly/1lExFfm Apr 4
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#FreedomForward @NCRMuseum pic.twitter.com/WGGClyrcH5 Apr 4
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There’s something magical about @TennSouth pie-flavored moonshine. Stop on by for a taste. bit.ly/PnbWe9 pic.twitter.com/VWH9NQbRcv Apr 3
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Only a radiologist and engineer could dream up @TennSouth Abernathy Gin. Vapor infused with a blend of 9 botanicals. bit.ly/PnbWe9 Apr 3
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You got #FranklinTN to the finals. Vote today to show #SouthernTowns which city is the best in the south! bit.ly/1kv7yU7 Apr 3
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Can you name the themes on our state seal? see answer Agriculture and commerce. go back Happy birthday to Nashville’s @EmmylouSongbird. See her reveal how she crafted her unique sound: bit.ly/1orysSI. #StoryOfNashville Apr 2
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This famous pie is served in the @BushsBeans Museum Café. Try it for yourself: bit.ly/1dSuSfM. pic.twitter.com/ySGAzce9iY Apr 2
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“What a surprise” and “We never dreamed it would be so interesting!” Real reactions to the @BushsBeans Museum. bit.ly/1mKXwSV Apr 2
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Yeah, that’s Duke from @BushsBeans. For those of you who didn’t know, there’s a Bush’s Beans museum in Dandridge. bit.ly/1mKXwSV Apr 2
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This guy look familiar? pic.twitter.com/FAJ2et1ogX Apr 2
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Pawpaw trees attract this state butterfly. see answer The gorgeous Zebra Swallowtail. go back There are 6 Knoxvilles in the U.S. This one clearly tops the list. bit.ly/ObGSgb Apr 1
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Some people say #Knoxville is like a sofa because it’s just so comfy you never want to leave. Go ahead, give it a try bit.ly/ObGSgb Apr 1
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"But I know that they all love me, and they're all thinking of me. The Smoky Mountain memories keep me strong." instagram.com/p/mORaz7CLys/ Mar 31
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Indies & education panels, movie buffs will want to be in #Chattanooga 4/3-6 for the Chattanooga Film Festival. ow.ly/v0UyG Mar 31
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Travel back to the elegance of the 1900s @ #Nashville's Union Station Hotel. Take a tour w/ TripTales: ow.ly/vekCj #tnvacation Mar 31
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@BeckyAdventure You can search for Memphis hotels on our site. Check out this link for ideas: tnvacation.com/stay/listing/?… Mar 31
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Longest running live radio broadcast? see answer The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville. go back You can add #Nashville to your @Bonnaroo experience. Get ticket & shuttle passes from @visitmusiccity! ow.ly/v0QoF #tnvacation Mar 31
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@TWeismuller Thanks for sharing the love! Mar 31
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What was the first combination candy bar? see answer GooGoo Cluster, by Standard Candy Company. go back Meet 9 celebrated authors of historical books & novels on the Titanic at @TitanicUSA's 2nd Annual Authors Week. ow.ly/v0TmE Mar 30
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Navigate the Volunteer State with the help of 14 Welcome Centers throughout the 3 regions. ow.ly/v0SDt #tnvacation Mar 30
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There are great airports ready to welcome you to each region in #Tennessee. Find out where to land: ow.ly/v0Sjt #tnvacation Mar 30
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High fashion is coming to Music City. Get in the action of @NashFashWeek April 1-5! ow.ly/v0Q6Y #tnvacation Mar 30
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What two state fish were designated in 1988? see answer The largemouth bass and the channel catfish. go back Cruise along through Civil War History in #Knoxville with @captfarmer. Cruises run through October. ow.ly/v0AH3 #tnvacation Mar 29
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Hit that sweet spot w/ weekend music, desserts & chocolate at The Chocolate B'ar of Townsend. ow.ly/v0yIG #tnvacation Mar 29
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TN's Natural Areas will celebrate spring w/ various events 4/5-13. Check out TripTales for details: ow.ly/v7QdY #tnvacation Mar 29
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Tennessee borders eight states. Name them! see answer KY, VA, NC, GA, AL, MS, AR and MO. go back .@7thpresident is a beautiful setting for many things, including yoga. Join in a class through 5/27. ow.ly/v0ye4 #tnvacation Mar 28
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Catch Agatha Christie's greatest mystery performed live at the Chattanooga Theater now through April 6. ow.ly/v0xBV #tnvacation Mar 28
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Home to Bonnaroo and George Dickel? see answer Coffee County. go back It's a true taste of the country @ the Friday Night Live Music at the Stop and Chat in Pulaski. ow.ly/v0wQJ #tnvacation Mar 28
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#TBT to our first Instagram photo ever. Are you following our stream? Find us at @TNVacation today! instagram.com/p/SyVGfDCL1W/ #tnvacation Mar 27
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Host to the world's largest artificial skiing surface. see answer Ober Gatlinburg. go back His watercolors & paintings offer a glimpse at war torn regions. See Steve Mumford's War Journals at @FristCenter. ow.ly/v0w7A Mar 27
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#Memphis' @NCRMuseum is back & better than ever! Don't miss the opening festivities 4/5. ow.ly/v3Kwu #tnvacation Mar 27
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There's a little something for everyone in #Nashville, even chocolate lovers. Have you tasted @olivesinclair? ow.ly/uZWza Mar 27
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We know how great Franklin, TN is, let's show the rest of the world. Vote in the Greatest Southern Town Bracket: bit.ly/PJdZd6 Mar 26
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The drama is back & it won't disappoint. Watch an all-new episode of @Nashville_ABC tonight @ 10|9c on ABC. ow.ly/uZSBf Mar 26
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Looks great! RT @GilesChamber: We're in So Trav mag! @TNVacation #gilesthisweek #smalltownBIGbusiness nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ftl/s… Mar 26
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Thanks for the shout! MT @TWeismuller: Follow @TNVacation for info on all the great things to do this spring in TN: ln.is/bron.to/Zxv3i Mar 26
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RT @CharlotteAnn228: #Sunset from #Chattanooga #WalkingBridge @ #Tennessee #River #nature #photography @igersnooga pic.twitter.com/nZOcV6pe6N Mar 26
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Take a look @ #Memphis' Pink Palace & visit for a unique look @ regional, cultural & natural history. ow.ly/uG5L6 #tnvacation Mar 25
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Be captivated by the splendor of different cultures at @Dollywood's Festival of Nations now through 4/21! ow.ly/uG3FH #tnvacation Mar 25
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Class is in session! Explore, Learn & Enjoy at #Gatlinburg's Smoky Mountain Field School. ow.ly/uIKJU #tnvacation Mar 25
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See historic Townsend by foot or on wheels along the Shadows of the Past Hiking/Biking Trail. ow.ly/uG6jG #tnvacation Mar 24
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Take in the beautiful East #Tennesee views on two wheels. Check out the great motorcycle routes in the region: bit.ly/1d44DCS Mar 24
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There's really only one place to sing the blues...@BBKingsMemphis. ow.ly/uG5aR #tnvacation Mar 23
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Get a glimpse at #Tennessee history on Pinterest! See where to experience it for yourself. ow.ly/uG4E2 #tnvacation Mar 23
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The music, the food & the culture are legendary at @memphisinmay. Don't miss this year's celebration! ow.ly/uG4gI #tnvacation Mar 23
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There is wonder to behold at @Dollywood's new DreamMore Resort, opening summer 2015. ow.ly/uG3eg #tnvacation Mar 23
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Sunsets are a great time to reflect on your day. Thanks to Instagrammer paulmcmillan for sharing this photo! ow.ly/uRp0E Mar 22
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Do you know Tennessee's two state birds? see answer The mockingbird and the bobwhite quail. go back
Planning your trip to #Tennessee is easy w/ our travel apps. Download them & get ready to hit the road! ow.ly/uN2UU #tnvacation Mar 22
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Once upon a time...you can live the story at @SeeRockCity during Fairytale Nights, running 3/28-4/20. ow.ly/uG1La #tnvacation Mar 22
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This state rock is showcased in buildings. see answer Limestone. The other state rock is agate. go back You'll be in awe of the imaginative production of War Horse, opening at @TheOrpheumTN Tues., 3/25! ow.ly/uG1hU #tnvacation Mar 22
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With two state flowers, we’re abloom! see answer Purple passionflower and iris go back The @nashvillesymph Chorus celebrates 50 years 3/23 w/ a free performance of inspiring choral music. ow.ly/uG0Sc #tnvacation Mar 21
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The #Chattanooga River Market is back! Come enjoy opening day this Saturday, March 22. ow.ly/uG0d7 #tnvacation Mar 21
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state tree Tulip Poplar
state motto Agriculture and Commerce
state bird Mockingbird
state capitol Nashville
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