During your stay, you will want to visit many of the world famous attractions that Tennessee has to offer.

Below is a list of the most popular attractions, and at Travelling Time, our ticket inclusive packages include them in the final price of your holiday, so all you have to do is choose what you want to see and enjoy yourself!

  

East Tennessee Region

Find yourself in East Tennessee, a region abounding in urban areas, natural beauty, attractions and athletics. Traverse the Smoky Mountains or hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Cruise into one (or all) of the diverse urban areas in East Tennessee including Knoxville, Chattanooga, Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City. East Tennessee is home to an exceptional list of attractions, including the Chattanooga Choo Choo, the Tennessee Aquarium, Dollywood, Rock City, Ruby Falls, the Lost Sea, the International Storytelling Centre, Ripley's Aquarium, the Knoxville Zoo, Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, the American Museum of Science & Energy, the birthplace of country music and NASCAR's home.

Knoxville

Stop in downtown Knoxville for riverfront dining, historic buildings and walking tours, shopping and nightlife in the Old City and historic Market Square. See a concert, play or symphony performance at one the city's fine theaters. Learn about regional history at the East Tennessee History Centre. Indulge in great tastes and family festivals.
Be a good sport at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, an Ice Bears hockey game or at any of the exciting sporting events at the University of Tennessee. Unleash your wild side at the world-famous Knoxville Zoo, Ijams Nature Centre or one of the area's many parks and recreational sites.
Travel to the Secret City. Go on a boat ride. Spend the night in a cozy bed and breakfast inn. Whatever you do, you will want to come back for more.
 
Good times and good friends await you in Knoxville, a modern Appalachian city with great dining, nightlife, museums, shopping, family fun and championship sports. Whatever you seek, you'll find it here.
Knoxville is home to museums, historic homes, one of the top zoological parks in the Southeast, college and professional sports, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, plus great golfing, fishing and boating, and an ever-changing world of musical events, festivals and celebrations.
Grab a bite to eat in the culturally eclectic Market Square, or enjoy a show at the historic Tennessee Theatre. Cheer for your team at Neyland Stadium, explore the winding banks of Lake Loudon or play with the animals at the Knoxville Zoo. In Knoxville, you are sure to find a wonderfully diverse mix of big-city amenities and attractions delivered with small-town charm and hospitality.


1. Knoxville Zoo

Knoxville Zoo - where the animals are In Your Face! Experience wildlife up close as you come face to face with more than 800 of the Earth's most fascinating animals.
Visit Wee Play Zoo, a pint-sized zoo where your little one can let their imagination run wild. Your wild child will have a zoorific time running their very own zoo!
Also, be sure to visit Animal Encounter Village where you can get up close to even MORE animals who are In Your Face, at Knoxville Zoo.
Stop by our place, where the animals are In Your Face!


Chattanooga & Southeast

Chattanooga

Chattanooga is a city with something for everyone, from the world-famous attractions like Ruby Falls and Rock City to the bustling fun of the downtown riverfront and its aquarium and IMAX. Boat rides, historic tours and Civil War heritage, shopping, art museums, restaurants and nightlife await in the downtown and Bluff View areas. The vibrant Tennessee riverfront is host each year to the Riverbend Festival ; The Chattanooga Choo Choo, The Hunter Museum of American Art where there are stunning views of the river and the surrounding mountains, and the Incline Railway at Lookout Mountain, Rock City and Ruby Falls.


1. Lookout Mountain

Head up this 100-mile-long mountain in three states and wind your way through the forest, discovering breathtaking views along the way. You'’ll travel through the St. Elmo Historic Area, where Victorian homes line the route.


2. Rock City and Rock City Gardens

Located atop Lookout Mountain, just 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga, Rock City is a true marvel of nature featuring massive ancient rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plant species, and breathtaking "See 7 States" panoramic views.
Take an unforgettable journey along the Enchanted Trail where each step reveals natural beauty and wonders along the woodland path. Experience the magic of Fairyland Caverns and Mother Goose Village, visit one of our regional gift shops and dine at the Big Rock Grill. Rock City is splendid year-round.


3. Tennessee Aquarium

Dive into two worlds of wonder and excitement at the highest rated aquarium in America. Begin with the freshwater exhibits housed in the River Journey building. Watch river otters playing in a cove forest. An alligator and giant snapping turtle will thrill in a delta swamp. Gaze in awe at fantastic seahorses and sea dragons. The adventure continues in the Ocean Journey building. Explore the chilly world of "Penguins' Rock" the home of amazing Gentoo and Macaroni Penguins. Big toothy sharks and thousands of colourful reef fish swirl all around an impressive reef. Delight as a multitude of beautiful butterflies flutter throughout a tropical garden. Reach out and touch a shark or ray. Get up close to wonders of nature above and below the water. Experience two in one great city.


4. Ruby Falls

Ruby Falls, a thundering 145-foot waterfall is located on Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga. On your fun-filled and educational tour you will delight in viewing intriguing formations and having the opportunity to walk behind the sparkling waterfall.


5. Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

Experience the thrill of "America's most amazing mile" while riding the world's steepest passenger railway up historic Lookout Mountain.


6. Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

Point Park commemorates the soldiers who fought in the 1863 Civil War battles for Chattanooga. The battlefields of Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain and portions of Missionary Ridge are all components of the National Park.
The park includes three historic homes. Brotherton House marks the spot where the Union line was broken, Snodgrass House served as a Union field hospital, and Cravens House served as a Conferderate field hospital.


7. The Lost Sea

Take a boat ride on the Lost Sea, a unique natural wonder which is listed as "America's Largest Underground Lake" in the Guinness Book of World Records. Lost Sea has been designated a Registered Natural Landmark by the U.S. Dept. of Interior.


Northeast

It only takes one visit to understand why the Northeast Region is so rich in culture, history and outdoor fun. Whether you find your adventure in the sounds of NASCAR, the sights of the great outdoors, the heritage of a historical landmark or the plot of a compelling story, the Northeast region has something for you.
Hike the winding trails of the wildlife-rich Cherokee National Forest, or get a glimpse into space at the Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium. Imagine life thousands of years ago and gain a better understanding of Tennessee's rich natural history at the ETSU Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site.
Learn about one of our country's greatest leaders at the Andrew Johnson National Historical Site or lead your own path as you raft the rapids of the Nolichucky with a guide from the Nantahala Outdoor Centre.
Immerse yourself in a great story at the International Storytelling Centre or feel the heart-pounding roar of NASCAR at the Bristol Motor Speedway..


Smoky Mountains

Visit the Smoky Mountain Region and find yourself enveloped in a panorama of splendid juxtapositions. Here, adventure, heritage and natural diversity co-exist in charming harmony, and family fun is found around every corner. It is a region of sprawling superlatives, and how to enjoy them awaits your choosing.
Immerse yourself in natural beauty in the surrounds of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Treat yourself to the spectacular views that reward a strenuous hike to the Chimney Tops or take the family for a morning cruise through the history rich Cades Cove Loop. If you would rather explore below the surface, a trip to Forbidden Caverns or Tuckaleechee Caverns is not to be missed, or climb high above it all with a walk to the top of Clingman's Dome and see 100 miles of the state at once.

If you prefer to find your fun on the water, head to River Rage Tubing and Kayak Rentals for an exciting tubing adventure or Little River Outfitters for some of the Tennessee’s best fly fishing.
On the Parkway you will find no shortage of activities to entertain the entire family. Enjoy a rip-roaring family feast and dinner show at Dixie Stampede, or play a friendly game of miniature golf at Ripley's Davy Crockett Mini-Golf.

For the shopping enthusiast, the more than 200 outlet shops at Tanger Outlet Mall is sure to deliver the perfect bargain for every interest. Arts and crafts aficionados will delight in the galleries of some of the state's most accomplished artists.

Of course, no trip to the Smoky Mountain Region would be complete without a visit to the South's favourite amusement park, Dollywood. Ride a roller coaster, watch one of the many shows or simply enjoy a look into Dolly Parton's life and childhood memories.


Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg offers the best of east Tennessee in one compact, charming mountain destination. Here, you can peruse the many shops downtown, play miniature golf on the side of a mountain, view the world from above on an ariel tram, or simply escape from it all in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Enjoy downhill snow skiing, rafting Class IV whitewater, golf, 600 miles of hiking trails, and fishing in hundreds of miles of streams. Explore other great Gatlinburg attractions at one of its unique museums, craftsmen fairs, miniature golf courses, motion simulators and Go-Karts or bumper cars.

Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, nestled at the base of The Great Smoky Mountains, is a year round destination with fun for the whole family. On the Parkway, the main drag running through the centre of town, find five miles of fun with action-packed attractions from one end to the other.
Enjoy live shows, skilled horsemanship, talented canines, mind-boggling magic or side cramping comedy to name but a few. If shopping is on the top of your to-do list, you will find no shortage of great bargains in Pigeon Forge, and for those looking for that unique find, there are plenty of locally owned shops in which to find that distinctive treasure. Outdoor enthusiasts will adore the miles upon miles of protected lands found in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, while those who prefer to spend their time indoors will find loads of indoor activities.
Be sure to visit one of Pigeon Forge's many events. Spring brings Dollywood's cultural Festival of Nations, the colourful art of Quiltfest and the automobile lover's Grand Rod Run. Summer gives us Dollywood's KidsFest and the annual Fourth of July celebration at Patriot Park is not to be missed. Autumn brings a the colours and sounds of harvest celebrations, while Winter celebrates the season with Winterfest, boasting more than five million lights throughout the town.


1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

Ridge upon ridge of forest stretches across the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of the ancient mountains, and the remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, can all be found in America's most visited national park.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a hiker's paradise with over 800 miles of maintained trails ranging from short leg-stretchers to strenuous treks.
Most visitors come to the Smokies hoping to see a bear. Some 1,500 bears live in the park. From the big animals like bears, deer, and elk, down to microscopic organisms, the Smokies have the most biological diversity of any area in the world's temperate zone. The park is a sanctuary for a magnificent array of animal and plant life, all of which is protected for future generations to enjoy.


2. Dixie Stampede

Billed as “the most fun place to eat in the Smokies,” Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., features a four-course feast and a fantastic, stunt-filled show for all ages. The one-of-a-kind experience begins in the facility’s Carriage Room with the side-splitting comedy and hard-driving bluegrass and country music of “Mountain Ruckus.” From the carriage room, enter into a massive 35,000 square foot arena where you will be entertained by expert riders guiding 32 magnificent horses, including quarter horses and palominos, through barrel races, flame-engulfed hoops, trick riding and pageantry, all set in a friendly rivalry between the North and the South. The Patriot Finale features “Color Me America,” written by Dolly herself specifically for Dixie Stampede! Dinner, the other star of the show, includes a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbequed pork loin, Dixie Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, a homemade biscuit, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, Dixie Stampede’s own specialty dessert and unlimited Pepsi, tea or coffee. Vegetarian meals are available upon request. Christmas at Dixie Stampede, where the North and South Poles square off, is offered November through early January.

3. Dollywood

Dollywood, the Smoky Mountain family adventure, is Tennessee's number one attraction with more than 130 acres of incredible rides, spectacular shows, heritage crafts and fun for the whole family.
Enjoy the variety of rides, from thrilling roller coasters and daring water excursions to family rides and things for the little ones. Experience the Smoky Mountain way of life through heritage crafts made on site. You'll love the award-winning entertainment and toe-tapping music.
There's a new festival each season, so come back to enjoy them all. Dollywood's Festival of Nations offers five weeks of international cultural events. Come hungry for Barbecue & Bluegrass in May and June, featuring the biggest names in bluegrass music and the country’s tastiest barbecue. The whole family will enjoy fun-filled days at Dollywood's Great American Summer. Southern gospel music and master craftsmen demonstrate their skills at the National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration. Bring the entire family to make new memories at Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas.

Middle Tennessee Region

Journey to the centre of Tennessee's musical heritage at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, called the “Mother Church of Country Music.” Join musical legends at the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. A paradise for history buffs, Nashville also offers one of the nation’s oldest working state capitals, antebellum homes and trails and historical battlefields. Middle Tennessee hits thrill seekers with Nashville Superspeedway races, Tennessee Titans football games and a gallery of golfing greens. Equestrian admirers can horseplay along the Tennessee Walking Horse Trail. Make a toast to two of America's most famous whiskey distilleries, Jack Daniel and George Dickel. Or take a ride down the Cumberland River on the General Jackson Showboat.

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Nashville & Surrounding Areas

Nashville knows how to the get party started! With intimate live music venues on just about every corner and world-famous attractions like the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame, you can have a special soundtrack all your own for your trip through middle Tennessee.
And music is just the beginning. Professional sports, fine art, and shopping that is both upscale and down home, fine dining and family fun, history and heritage all await you in Music City.

Nashville

There's a place where music lives. A place where people don't just talk about songs and CDs and lyrics, but live them night and day. That place is Nashville. Music City.
But, while music is the lifeblood of Nashville, visitors will also find a city of culture and history, of haute cuisine, of pro sports, outstanding academics, natural beauty and pure Southern charm. Nashville is a place where the past and the future peacefully coexist and build, one on the other, to create a destination that appeals to the interests of every visitor.

1. Ryman Auditorium

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2001, the Ryman has an impressive country music origins.
As home to the Grand Ole Opry, the building gained nationwide recognition. From 1943-74, artists including Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Bill Monroe, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley could be found on the Ryman stage.  In 1974, when the Opry moved to the new Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman closed its doors, remaining virtually empty for twenty years.
This and several other country music events held in the building that year are credited with helping renew interest in restoring the Ryman. The Ryman reopened in 1994, quickly regaining its place as one of the country’s leading concert halls.
Self-guided museum tours and guided backstage tours are available daily.

2. Country Music Hall of Fame

Follow the rhythm of country music’s past and present in the home of priceless artifacts, dynamic exhibitions and live music, Nashville’s most legendary recording studio, and much more. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will more than double in size in 2014, and include an 800-seat, state-of-the-art CMA Theatre; interactive Family Gallery; Academy of Country Music Gallery highlighting contemporary artists, music trends; and much more!

3. Grand Ole Opry

The unique art form we call country music owes its phenomenal rise in popularity to a live show that began more than 80 years ago called the Grand Ole Opry. Several times each week the Opry presents a live show with an ever-changing mix of famous and soon-to-be-famous talent sharing the stage. At the Opry, you can count on things happening you can't just see anywhere else.

4. General Jackson Showboat

Cruise the Cumberland River and take in a one-of-a-kind performance while eating what the General Jackson top chefs have whipped up especially for you and your family.  You don’t want to miss the headliners on the General Jackson. Lunch time and Evening Cruises available daily.

5. Opryland Hotel

Come experience the energy and excitement of Music City at the Opryland Hotel.  On the banks of the Cumberland River, this landmark Nashville hotel is just minutes from Nashville International Airport and a short drive or riverboat cruise from downtown Nashville. Underneath the climate-controlled signature glass atriums, lies an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping and recreation options, be amazed by the nine acres of indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls and indoor river with a Delta flatboat ride.

6. Wildhorse Saloon

Home to exhilarating live entertainment and free line dancing, the Wildhorse Saloon is rooted deep in music traditions from local acts to national artists. The Wildhorse Saloon opened in the heart of Music City near famous Music Row on historic Second Avenue with the Cumberland River in our backyard. "Limited Engagement Acts" that played the Wildhorse Saloon such as Darius Rucker, Etta James, Rick Springfield, Big & Rich, Ringo Starr and many more have all called the Wildhorse Saloon home for a time. You never know who you will see at the World Famous Wildhorse Saloon!

Lynchburg

When most people think of Lynchburg, Tennessee, one thought comes to mind - Whiskey. And, while the Jack Daniel's Distillery is definitely worth a visit when in Lynchburg, make sure you don't miss out on the many other things to do and see while you're here.
Visit downtown and find yourself surrounded by a charming town square wearing a long history. Here, you will find a 100-year-old courthouse, numerous unique shops and a great place to relax on a warm afternoon.
Only a short drive from Nashville, Lynchburg is the perfect afternoon getaway.  While you're in Jackson be sure to try the fantastic hometown cooking, lively festivals and of course the world famous whiskey.

1.  Jack Daniel’s Distillery

Jack Daniel was a real person, and a pretty fascinating one at that. From birth to death, legend surrounded him. And, in between, he created Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. That alone makes him legendary in our eyes.
Enjoyed around the world, made in Lynchburg, Tennessee, Jack Daniel's whiskey is matured in handcrafted, white oak barrels, in the nation's oldest registered distillery. Personally guided tours are a part of the ambiance.
The whiskey serves as a key ingredient in many beloved recipes--Honey Barbecue Ribs, Black Bean Dip, Sweet Hot Glazed Shrimp and wicked Creme Brulee a la Jack Daniel's, to tout a few.  Also amongst the recipes, in commemoration of another famous Tennessee gentleman, Elvis Presley, a great way to toast the King: the Velvet Elvis.

Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just southeast of Nashville on the I-24 corridor, represents a unique blend of Civil War history and a thriving 21st century community.
The Civil War is forever linked with the history of Murfreesboro. Stones River National Battlefield tells the story of those who fought and died at the fierce Battle of Stones River. Oaklands Historic House Museum is an antebellum mansion that played a significant role during the Civil War. Other great sites include Cannonsburgh, a pioneer village, and the Discovery Centre at Murfree Spring, a hands-on museum for kids of all ages. Visitors can take a walking tour of the historic downtown area, visit the Heritage Centre and the historic Rutherford County Courthouse, circa 1859. Murfreesboro is home to the beautiful 500-acre campus of Middle Tennessee State University.
Structures dating back to the early 1800s blend well with the modern shops, medical facilities, and amenities to lend a touch of Southern nostalgia to Murfreesboro.


Upper Cumberland

The Upper Cumberland is the “somewhere” you've been looking for. It is a place to relax and reflect, to become acquainted with the real Tennessee.
Enjoy breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling lakes, lush hills and historic town squares…. Follow the winding roads to antique shops, arts and crafts stores, quilt trails - shows, and gourmet eateries. Trace your family's history in heritage museums.
Stay in cozy Bed & Breakfast Inns, cabins in the mountains and on lakes, or enjoy the comforts of first class hotels.
Explore our beautiful state parks, and 125,000 acres of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, a natural paradise with scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs. Dale Hollow, Cordell Hull and Center Hill lakes offer endless activities including house boating, swimming, canoeing, fishing, camping, hiking, and white water rafting.
Listen to bluegrass music in an underground cavern or in a general store in an old riverboat town, or stop in the many cafes where musicians gather in the evening. See Broadway plays at the Cumberland Playhouse and enjoy performances of a symphony orchestra.

West Tennessee Region

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Memphis & Surrounding Areas

When you come to Memphis, be prepared to go with the flow. It's a city of music and food and history and heritage. Spend a lazy day canoeing the Wolf River or splashing around at Mud Island. Grab some mouth watering Memphis barbecue for lunch, there is something tasty on just about every corner. Not to mention, music everywhere you turn. Get a taste of Memphis music and nightlife in the Beale Street Historic District, learn about the giants of soul at the Stax Museum of American Soul, or walk in Elvis' shoes in the famous Sun Studio. And, speaking of the King, don't pass up a pilgrimage to Graceland.
Visit the National Civil Rights Museum on the site of the old Lorraine Motel. Take in some local history at Shiloh and other Civil War sites, or visit Alex Haley's boyhood home in Henning. Tour beautiful antebellum homes of LaGrange, shop for antiques and art, admire the architecture in charming small town squares like Collierville and taste the fresh foods at the Covington Farmers Market. Stop in at the Old Millington Vineyard & Winery .
And don't forget to stop by a few Memphis landmarks that offer fun for the whole family: The Pink Palace Museum, with its IMAX and planetarium, the Peabody Hotel, where the ducks still go marching in, and the Memphis Zoo, where you can meet the giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le.

Memphis

There is just something real about Memphis that gets inside you and makes you want to dance, laugh, think or smile. From the holy grails of music landmarks and the Peabody ducks, to the acclaimed zoo and mystical nightclubs on legendary Beale Street, there is an irresistible soul that has drawn people here for more than a century. Ask anybody who's been here. There's nowhere on earth quite like Memphis.

1. Graceland Mansion

 Step inside Graceland Mansion and follow in the same steps as Elvis himself as you enjoy an audio-guided tour featuring commentary and stories by Elvis and his daughter Lisa Marie. See where Elvis lived, relaxed and spent time with his friends and family. The Graceland Mansion tour includes Elvis’ living room, music room, parents' bedroom, dining room, kitchen, TV room, pool room and the famous Jungle Room.
After touring the Mansion, check out the other great parts of the 14-acre estate as you tour Vernon Presley’s business office and Elvis’ racquetball building. Also part of the Mansion tour you'll visit Elvis’ trophy building that houses an amazing collection of his gold and platinum records, as well as other great memorabilia from Elvis’ early career, his movies, his charitable endeavours and more.
The final stop on the tour of Graceland Mansion is Meditation Garden where Elvis and members of his family have been laid to rest.  Also included in your Graceland Visit:

1) Elvis Presley Car Museum
2) Elvis’ Custom Jets
3) Elvis: Live from Vegas
4) Elvis’ Hawaii: Concerts, Movies and More!
5) Elvis' Tupelo
6) '68 Special Exhibit

Make your visit a VIP experience and see - Elvis...Through His Daughter's Eyes
Included only as part of the Graceland VIP Tour.
Born in 1968, Lisa Marie Presley became the centre of Elvis' world.
 "Elvis... Through His Daughter's Eyes" looks at Lisa Marie's experience of growing up with a famous father and features 200 items assembled by Lisa Marie and the Graceland Archives team. Home movies, toys and rarely-seen family mementos are among the many items that are on display.


2.  Beale Street Historic District

The music and entertainment pulse of downtown Memphis, Beale Street at the turn of the 20th century served as a haven for African Americans migrating from small towns. Legendary greats such as W.C. Handy, B.B. King, Rufus Thomas, Willie Mitchell and Isaac Hayes have showcased their talents on Beale. Beale Street offers three blocks of night clubs, specialty shops, galleries and restaurants.


3. Sun Studios

Take a guided tour of the most famous recording studio in the world, the legendary Sun Studio, the "Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll," where the blending of blues and country music exploded in the big bang of rock 'n' roll heard around the world. Founder Sam Philips, a self-taught producer, didn't know the rules, so he broke them all, blending musical styles, cranking up that amp and using lots of echo to create a new kind of music that rocked the world.

Then came a shy teenager with a cheap guitar, a kid with big hair and the unlikely name of Elvis. He had a little fun with a tune called "That's All Right," that sounded like no blues song ever before. Add Jerry Lee Lewis, pounding the piano like a madman; Carl Perkins, with his one-of-a-kind rhythm licks; and Johnny Cash, who blended country and pop music like no one ever had. With that group, you have not only a world-shaking musical revolution but also the basis of an award-winning Broadway Show, The Million Dollar Quartet.


4. Stax Museum of American Soul

The legacy of Stax Records is a unique one that spans more than half a century. Stax Records is critical in American music history as it's one of the most popular soul music record labels of all time - second only to Motown in sales and influence, but first in gritty, raw, stripped-down soul music. In 15 years, Stax placed more than 167 hit songs in the Top 100 on the pop charts, and a staggering 243 hits in the Top 100 R&B charts. It launched the careers of such legendary artists as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave, Rufus & Carla Thomas, Booker T, & the MGs, and numerous others. Among the many artists who recorded on the various Stax Records labels were the Staple Singers, Luther Ingram, Wilson Pickett, Albert King, Big Star, Jesse Jackson, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, the Rance Allen Group, and Moms Mabley.
But Stax Records was more than just a label. It was a culture. While segregation was fervently supported in the South during Stax's formative years in the 1960s, Stax was one of the most successfully integrated companies in the country - from top management and administration to its artists. With more than 200 employees, it was the fifth-largest African-American owned business in the United States during its time, and was the most successful record label ever to come out of Memphis, Tennessee.


5. National Civil Rights Museum

The National Civil Rights Museum chronicles the Civil Rights Movement from slavery to present-day human rights movements.

Southwest

Get a taste of the variety of Southwest Tennessee when you visit Jackson and its surrounding area. Start in Historic Downtown Jackson, where you will find theatre, live music, tours and great food. If you are a train buff, Jackson is the place to be. Check out the Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum and the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Depot & Railroad Museum. Jackson has plenty of music to share, from the signature blues event, the Shannon Street Blues & Heritage Festival every June to the Rockabilly Museum. Be sure to get outdoors and visit the Cypress Grove Nature Park, or head inside to cool off in the Carnegie Centre for Arts & History.

Nature lovers have plenty to choose from in Southwest Tennessee, starting with Pickwick Landing State Park and the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge.
If history is your thing, you will enjoy touring the many historic towns, such as Bolivar, where the historic district walking tour gives you a look at beautifully restored downtown buildings. In Brownsville, learn about local history at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Centre. A treat for sportsmen is the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction.

Jackson

Located in the centre of West Tennessee between Nashville and Memphis, Jackson welcomes its visitors with big city amenities and small town hospitality. It is home to legendary Carl Perkins, Casey Jones Village, the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant, The West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, the NAIA Division 1 Women’s National Championship basketball tournament, to name a few. With a vibrant selection of unique shops, history, art galleries and fantastic Southern style cooking, Jackson is the premier destination when visiting West Tennessee.

When choosing where to dine, choices abound. From BBQ to Asian cuisine to Maggie Moo's Better Batter ice cream, Jackson has something to delight the taste buds. Discover the work of emerging artists, stroll through the eclectic downtown area, visit a Civil War battlefield or catch a performance by the Jackson Symphony. Take a day outdoors fishing, hiking, golfing or boating, or explore the rich musical history that embodies this lively destination in the Heart of the Music Highway.
For music, history, nature, shopping and spectacular food, look no further than Jackson.

1.  Casey Jones Village

Casey Jones Village is a family destination that includes the Historic Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum, the Old Country Store, Providence House, Casey Jones Village Amphitheatre, the Shoppes at Casey Jones Village, Music Highway Crossroads, Casey Jones Mini-Golf, the Wellwood store with the Wildlife in Wood Studio of master woodcarver Dee Moss and the Judge Milton Brown Pullman Railcar. The Shoppes at Casey Jones Village include Music Highway Crossroads, Southern Junction, Art in the Village gallery, Little Artist Studio and the Church at the Village.

2. International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame & Museum

The International Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame offers a wide variety of attractions, including a unique collection of historical videos (such as a Johnny Cash PSA dedicated to war veterans), 14 life-size oil portraits of your favourite Rock-a-Billy superstars, and the Rock-a-Billy Rockers Dance Team (whom you can take line dance lessons with every Monday night!). There is even a 28'x70' mural that visually depicts the beginning and expansion of Rock-a-Billy music around the world.

Fun Fact: Elvis enthusiasts will delight in the large collection of Elvis memorabilia found at the International Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Experience a part of Rockabilly legend!

Northwest

Feel the call of the wild in northwest Tennessee where the dramatic landscape of Reelfoot Lake sets the tone. Wildlife viewing, plant life, fishing, hunting and birding bring nature enthusiasts from all over the country. Scenic boat cruises through the cypress trees and eagle tours are among the highlights at Reelfoot.
Tiny Dresden bursts into bloom for the spring Tennessee Iris Festival, and you can see the beautiful Caldwell Collection at the West Tennessee Regional Art Centre in Humboldt.

History buffs will want to visit Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park for both the wildlife viewing and the Tennessee River Folklife Museum. And be sure to see the monument marking the death of explorer Meriwether Lewis in Natchez Trace State Park.