Vibrant historic areas show off Tennessee’s architectural heritage, and urban centers bring a modern look to the skyline.

Walk through the Bolivar Historic District and others of Tennessee’s many historic districts to see architectural gems preserved for future generations. Visit ornate Belmont, the largest house museum in the state, where Adelicia Acklen protected her fortune through secret negotiations during the Civil War. See one of the oldest working state capitols in the country, an architectural and engineering landmark. The historic Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville is a beautifully restored example of the rococo movie palace popular in the 1920s and 1930s.

Clingmans Dome Tower is a striking example of architecture meant to take advantage of the outdoors. Cumberland Homesteads and the stone bridges at Cumberland Mountain State Park, built of native stone, were part of a New Deal program during the Great Depression. Nashville’s Parthenon is an exact replica of the Greek original, with no two steps or columns exactly the same and not a single straight line.

For a look at more contemporary architecture, check out the Memphis Pyramid, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Pedestrian Bridge to LP Field or the Tennessee Aquarium on Chattanoogas riverfront.

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