West Tennessee
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West Tennessee

Rich delta terrain covers the western third of Tennessees low, rolling landscape, extending from the Tennessee River to the Mississippi River. Memphis is the regions largest city. Northwest Tennessees Kentucky Lake is the largest man-made lake in the eastern U.S.

Southern and soulful, West Tennessee blends a raw, urban can-do spirit with rural charm, delivering its own rhythm of extraordinary experiences, iconic artists and diverse culture.

Friendly small towns plus a few larger ones along the Mississippi River punctuate the stories of West Tennessees legendary music, dramatic history and natural wonders.

Absorb the Memphis Sound as you explore Beale Street nightlife and the unrivaled music history landmarks: Elvis Graceland, Sun Studio, Stax Museum and Museum of Rock ‘n’ Soul. After sightseeing, your taste buds will thank you over a generous plate of West Tennessees barbecue or a crispy catfish platter.

Tread historic land on Civil War battlefields and at the National Civil Rights Museum. Enter a unique ecosystem at surreal earthquake-created Reelfoot Lake, a natural habitat for waterfowl and bald eagles. Indulge all your senses in West Tennessee.

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Spotlight Cities in West Tennessee

Gear up for major merrymaking in the city. Or, savor small-town charm. West Tennessee shines in its music mojo, legendary landmarks, tasteworthy traditions and an awesome array of recreation in our great outdoors.


West Tennessee Jul 31 Grease Sing-Along Memphis, TN Grab your poodle-skirt and saddle shoes, or dust off your leather jacket, and get ready to transport yourself to the 1950s! Spend a fun evening with Danny Zuko, Sandy Olsson, the T-Birds, the Pink Ladies and all the kids from Rydell High. Sing-a-long to GREASE favorites, like "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "You're the One That I Want," and "Summer Nights." learn more West Tennessee Aug 1 The Princess Bride Memphis, TN As a kindly grandfather reads his sick grandson a classic tale of love and adventure, the action comes alive. As the beautiful Buttercup, engaged to the odious Prince Humperdinck, is kidnapped and held against her will in order to start a war, it is up to Westley (her former beau turned pirate) to save her. He crosses swashbuckling paths with a thief, an accomplished swordsman, a giant, a six-fingered man, and other memorable characters on his quest to reunite with his true love. learn more West Tennessee Aug 2 Waterfowl Festival Big Sandy, TN The Duck Blind Drawing is held to allow Duck hunters to get their name in the pot for the cherished duck blinds in Benton County. Vendors will sell everything from Duck calls to decoys, to boats and dogs. The average registration for the duck blinds will top 2,600. learn more West Tennessee Aug 7 - 9 Rock-a-Billy Festival Jackson, TN Click here for more information about Rock-a-Billy Festival. learn more West Tennessee Aug 8 Jaws Memphis, TN Director Steven Spielberg virtually invented the summer blockbuster with this white-knuckle adaptation of Peter Benchley's novel about an insatiable great white shark that terrorizes the townspeople of fictional Amity Island. John Williams's legendary score punctuates the tension as the police chief (Roy Scheider), an oceanographer (Richard Dreyfuss) and a grizzled shark hunter (Robert Shaw) seek to destroy the bloodthirsty beast. learn more
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