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Experience Nashville Sound at this Legendary Recording Studio

There’s something magical about Historic RCA Studio B, and when you step foot into its fabled halls, it’s easy to see why. This is the place where musical icons have recorded some of the greatest songs of our time.

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Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium is a National Historic Landmark and an essential stop for anyone visiting Nashville. Most famous as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, the stunning venue’s history as Nashville's premier theater and central gathering place started even before construction was complete in 1892.

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Baby Gorillas Add to Fun at Zoo Knoxville

Baby Western lowland gorillas Obi and Ubuntu have drawn crowds to the Zoo Knoxville since their births in spring 2015. The two are the first gorillas ever born in Knoxville and the first in more than 30 years in Tennessee.

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Hatch Show Print: Tour the Legendary Print Shop

One of America’s oldest working letterpress print shops, Hatch Show Print has created original art for Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and numerous Grand Ole Opry stars, along with many of today’s artists from Willie Nelson to The Black Keys.

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Open-Air Adventures in Morristown

There’s an energy that surrounds Morristown. A clean air, blue sky beckoning that sings across hiking, mountain biking and horseback-friendly trails and occurs naturally in the open waters and sprawling parks.

 

 

A true destination of adventures, Morristown is an outdoor lover’s paradise welcoming one and all from the novice golfer to the avid fisherman.

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Innovation Thrives in the "Secret City" of Oak Ridge

At first glance, you might think Oak Ridge is famous for its outdoor activities. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll discover that the real draw of Oak Ridge is a bit of a “secret.”

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Dixie Stampede: A Dazzling Display of Family Tradition and the American Spirit

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is an immersive experience of family fun and top notch entertainment nestled at the foot of the Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge.

 

Dixie Stampede has been a family tradition for more than two decades and now the world’s most visited dinner show has new sights and sounds sure to dazzle returning and first-time guests.

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Endless East Tennessee Thrills in Anderson County

With nearly 1,000 miles of outstanding off-road terrain and some of the state’s finest hiking and biking, Anderson County is a prime destination for those seeking outdoor thrills. Made of pure beauty, Norris Lake forms an oasis of greenways and blueways where the water meets the mountains and open-air adventures are boundless.

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Downtown Chattanooga Weekend Itinerary

Chattanooga may be famous for its Choo Choo train, but visitors also get thrills exploring on foot. Downtown is especially walkable, so stroll along the breezy riverfront or wander through the Bluff View Art District where romantic inns and restaurants abound.

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Outdoor Adventures in Tennessee Overhill

Discover a land of spectacular natural beauty, rich Native American heritage and an array of outdoor activities when you visit Tennessee Overhill, a mountainous region along the western slopes of the Appalachian Mountains, nestled in the southeast corner of Tennessee.

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Graceland

Get an intimate glimpse into the personal life of Elvis Presley with a pilgrimage to Graceland, the most famous rock ‘n’ roll residence in the world. Set on a 13.8-acre estate in Memphis, the Colonial Revival-style mansion with majestic white columns was a cherished place where Elvis created countless memories with friends and loved ones for more than 20 years.

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Chattanooga: An Insider's Guide

You’ll want to be quick and charge into all the fun in Chattanooga.

 

Maybe not as quick as the otters sliding down the new River Otter Falls at the Tennessee Aquarium, but really quick to experience the attractions, entertainment and fun things to do in Chattanooga. Outdoor adventure, family fun parks, fine dining and sports are packaged together at this easy-to-reach destination.

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Homespun Tales and Adventures in Tennessee’s Oldest Town

Polished, meticulously preserved and brimming with old-fashioned charm, Historic Jonesborough is a picture-perfect Northeast Tennessee haven. The 18th century town tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains is full of life and invites visitors of all ages to explore its deeply rooted storytelling heritage, entertaining festivals, unique Tennessee shopping and dining and much more.

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Trace Country Music from its Humble Roots to Today’s Smash Hits

Country music fans of all ages won’t want to miss a pilgrimage to Nashville’s world famous Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, showcasing two floors of comprehensive collections from country music’s most important epochs.

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Outdoors and on the Move in Knoxville

Knoxville delivers the best of both worlds with a thriving city scene and abundant outdoor adventures just three miles from downtown.

Thanks to a culture and recreation renaissance over the past 10 years, the east Tennessee city proudly offers easy access to natural beauty, rich history and lush protected lands.

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Experience the Great Smoky Mountains in Cades Cove

Adventure seekers and nature lovers looking to experience the spectacular beauty of the Smokies will find the perfect retreat in Cades Cove, a sprawling 6,800-acre valley on the western side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This majestic landscape offers dramatic mountain views, a latticework of scenic hiking trails, historic cabins and churches along with plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife such as wild turkeys, coyotes — and even black bears.

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The Guest House at Graceland

You may not be able to stay overnight at the Graceland® mansion, but a new hotel debuting on the grounds of this legendary attraction will get you as close as possible. The Guest House at Graceland, situated just steps north of the Graceland Mansion grounds, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.

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Live Music, Luxury Lodging & Rich History Delight at Nashville’s Fontanel

Hidden away in the gently rolling hillsides of Whites Creek Valley, just 15 minutes north of downtown Nashville, Fontanel is a sprawling destination featuring scenic natural beauty, unparalleled entertainment, award-winning culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. 

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The Road to Fun for All Ages Leads to Pigeon Forge

In Pigeon Forge, those unforgettable memories are around every corner, no matter who’s in your group. From thrilling outdoor adventures to kid-friendly attractions to romantic activities, this vibrant town in east Tennessee is bursting with endless options for family fun. 

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The Sky’s the Limit in Sevierville

Aviation enthusiasts looking for things to do in Sevierville will find plenty of thrilling, sky-high attractions, from a historic aircraft collection at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation to breathtaking helicopter tours above the Great Smoky Mountains.

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Spectacular Natural Beauty in Sevierville

Surrounded by gently rolling pastures, meandering rivers and the dramatic Smoky Mountains, it’s easy to be swept away by Sevierville’s natural beauty. The town’s location in the heart of scenic East Tennessee means outdoor adventures are not only plentiful—they’re just moments away.

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Outdoor Fun is Like Second Nature in Chattanooga

From its forested recreation areas to its urban parks and green spaces, Chattanooga in Southeast Tennessee is a breathtaking play land for outdoor enthusiasts and active families. Set up your home base with a bunk or a private room at boutique hostel The Crash Pad, and then get outdoors.

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Chattanooga Comes to Life with Live Music

Between its dynamic entertainment venues, lively restaurants and bustling festivals, Southeast Tennessee’s Chattanooga is experiencing a music renaissance, featuring incredible live music on any given night. Its collective music scene is not defined by one genre; rather it is a diverse experience for all. 

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Experience Nashville Sound at this Legendary Recording Studio

There’s something magical about Historic RCA Studio B, and when you step foot into its fabled halls, it’s easy to see why. This is the place where musical icons have recorded some of the greatest songs of our time.

Tour Historic RCA Studio B
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Revel in Hometown Feel and Big City Appeal in Rutherford County

It’s right in the heart of Tennessee just southeast of Nashville and within a day’s drive of 75 percent of the nation’s population.

The history, shopping, sports and arts opportunities will make you want to stay a while. Rutherford County’s cities and towns—Murfreesboro, Smyrna, La Vergne, and Eagleville — offer a long checklist of things to do and see.

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National Civil Rights Museum

See, hear and touch the stories of the Civil Rights Movement from slavery to present day human rights struggles. The National Civil Rights Museum reopened last April following $28 million renovation. The museum is located at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

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