Tennessee Beckons with Adventure and Attractions
With the holidays over, the dust settles over 2012 and we open the door to 2013. Hopeful possibilities, new opportunities and wanderlust plans fill the next 365 days. 2013 is the year for travel and what better way to spend any vacation than in Tennessee? Especially with exciting attractions and exhibits opening, Tennessee invites all of us to pack a bag and explore the diverse state from east to west. Here are some things to look forward to in this new year.
Tennessee’s gearing up to say a hearty welcome to RiverRush, its first water roller coaster, at Dollywood’s Splash Country in Pigeon Forge. Hop on the ride of your life as water laps and splashes around every thrilling turn. With heart-stopping drops, dark tunnels and tight turns, RiverRush will be your summertime adventure. Make it a Dollywood vacation and visit Dollywood, Dollywood Splash Country and Dixie Stampede. And while you’re at it, book your stay at the Dollywood Cabins.
If you want your 2013 jam-packed with adventurous opportunities, plan to visit Doe Mountain in Johnson County. Located on 8,600 acres of pristine mountain range, it will soon open to feature over 22 miles of hiking, biking, horseback riding and OHV trails. Whether your preferred mode of transportation is on foot or by vehicle, there are lots of natural wonders to witness and fun to be had. Take a day or plan a week to get away from the everyday busyness and welcome the excitement waiting for you.
Nashville was just named by Condé Nast Traveler one of the FIVE locations in the entire world you must visit in 2013! One of the reasons might just be the Music City Center, Nashville’s new convention center, set to open spring 2013. The building features 1.2 million square feet, including a 350,000 square foot exhibit hall, a 57,000 grand ballroom, 90,000 square feet of meeting room space and 32 loading docks.
The Johnny Cash Museum is also coming to Nashville. The exhibit features the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world. It’s scheduled to open April 2013. If you’ve ever wanted to get an up-close look at the life of Johnny Cash, this is your chance. Get a music history lesson with 18,000 square feet of memorabilia and a 250-seat auditorium. The museum is expecting an attendance of 150,000 visitors every year.
Graceland in Memphis will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s “Aloha from Hawaii”currently openand “Elvis: Viva Las Vegas” opening in March 2013, where visitors will experience Las Vegas through the eyes of Elvis Presley, from the first time he stepped foot on stage in Las Vegas through his triumphant return in 1969. Find out why Hawaii was one of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s favorite places to visit. See the famous jumpsuits and the impressive gold lamé jacket Elvis wore at his first Hawaii concert. For even more history, visit the Stax Museum of American Soul as it marks 10 years in 2013.
If you like to hike or bike, head over toLand Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. It opened a new 9-mile bike/hike trail along US68/KY80 between the Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley bridges. There are more paved and unpaved mountain trails for any skill level. Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails by tranquil lakeshores. Observe nature in a day or with a backpacking adventure. Other activities include horseback riding, hunting and archery target practice. The recreation area will celebrate its 50th anniversary June 2013.
What Tennessee exhibits and activities are on your list to visit in 2013?