When you travel in Tennessee, you learn to move to the rhythms of nature, the sounds of mountain music, the beat of the blues, and the call of the birds. Let us make your travel easier—and more relaxing—with these travel tools and resources.
You can download vacation guides—for the whole state or just the region you're visiting, get maps, find links to visitor bureaus throughout the state, and see lists of biofuel locations and trolleys and trains to help you travel greener.
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Consumers are increasingly interested in vehicles with advanced technology and alternative fuels. Using alternative fuels and advanced vehicles instead of conventional fuels and vehicles helps the United States reduce petroleum use and vehicle emissions. Here’s a convenient list of where you can find alternative fuels in Tennessee.
Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles
Using renewable, homegrown fuel is a major step toward Americanizing our energy future and unleashing our country from foreign oil sources.
E-85 and B20
E85 ethanol fuel is 85% ethanol and 15% regular gasoline. E85 fuel can be used in Flexible Fuel Vehicles produced by the major automakers. You can find E85 at these locations.
Here’s a handy list of biodiesel station locations.
Fuel Economy For updates on fuel savings and maximum mileage for all things automotive, motor here.
And, for charging stations, please look here.
Trolley fare is only 50 cents, and routes weave throughout town from 8:30 a.m. to midnight. Visit Historic Downtown Sevierville, outlet malls, NASCAR Speedpark, restaurants and more. Take the trolley to Dollywood to bypass the parking fee.
City: Pigeon Forge, TN
Board a trolley at one of more than 100 locations throughout the city. Fares vary from 50 cents to $2 for the round trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Summer hours are 8 a.m. to midnight.
City: Gatlinburg, TN
The Franklin Transit Authority offers trolleys with a vintage look but a clean burn. The four routes cover shopping, historic, business and medical stops and run 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 9 am to 6:30 pm. Various fee schedules and multi-ride passes are available.
City: Franklin, TN
Memphis' Main Street Trolley, Madison Avenue and Riverfront Loop boast authentic vintage trolley cars. Base fairs are $1 with discounts available for senior citizens, the disabled and specific times.
City: Memphis, TN
Ride the Music City Star, a convenient commuter rail connecting downtown to the eastern corridor.
City: Nashville, TN
The city's free trolley service is a great way to tour downtown, travel to UT and the Convention Center, or visit the Old City. Trolleys run every 10 minutes on weekdays till 6 p.m., with a late line that runs until 3:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
City: Knoxville, TN
The Downtown Electric Shuttle is the easiest way to get around downtown—and it's free! Shuttles run every five minutes from the Chattanooga Choo Choo to the Tennessee Aquarium, stopping at every block in between for easy access to shopping, attractions, hotels and the convention center.
City: Chattanooga, TN
Secret City Excursion Train
The Secret City Excursion Train in Knoxville and Oak Ridge tours fascinating World War II Manhattan Project sites. The one-hour trip is available on the first and third Saturdays from April through September, with selected dates from October through December and special events at other times.
City: Knoxville and Oak Ridge, TN
New River Scenic Railway
The New River Scenic Railway in Huntsville brings back railroading of an earlier era as it twists through the New River Valley in this remote area of the Cumberland Plateau.
City: Huntsville, TN
Watertown's Mile Long Yard Sale
In April, you can ride the train to Watertown's Mile Long Yard Sale and take in the arts and crafts, entertainment and food. Or check out the Jazz Festival train and other events throughout the year.
City: Watertown, TN
Lookout Mountain's Incline Railway
Lookout Mountain's Incline Railway is "America's most amazing mile." You'll love the view from the world's steepest passenger railway as you ride to historic Point Park.
City: Lookout Mountain, TN
Three Rivers Rambler
Knoxville's Three Rivers Rambler is a great way to see the Tennessee River, whether you chose the open air car or the coach. Find out about other special events during football season and holidays.
City: Knoxville, TN
Tennessee Central Railway Museum
The Tennessee Central Railway Museum boasts an excursion train that makes for than 25 trips a year to surrounding towns.
City: Nashville, TN
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Date: May 23, 2014 - Sep 1, 2014
Summer Music Weekends
Location: Lookout Mountain, TN
Date: Aug 27, 2014 - Sep 6, 2014
76th Annual TN Walking Horse Nat'l Celebration
Location: Shelbyville, TN
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