Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Chattanooga

Songbirds

Opened in 2017 this astonishing guitar collection – the world's largest assemblage of vintage and rare guitars – is Chattanooga's newest world-class attraction. Over 500 guitars, many arranged in timeline fashion fr…
Top Choice Amusement Park in Pigeon Forge

Dollywood

Dollywood is a self-created ode to the patron saint of East Tennessee: the big-haired, big-bosomed and big-hearted country singer Dolly Parton. A clean and friendly place, the park features Appalachian-themed rides …
Top Choice Museum in Pigeon Forge

Titanic Museum

On April 15, 1912 the steamship Titanic sank on her maiden voyage after colliding with an iceberg. The ship's history and the stories of many of her passengers are shared through artifacts, black-and-white photograp…
Amusement Park in Gatlinburg

Anakeesta

A chondola whisks visitors from downtown Gatlinburg to this playground in the sky where views of the Great Smokies are superb. Once atop Anakeesta Mountain you can bounce across 16 elevated bridges on the tree canop…
Bridge in Chattanooga

Walnut Street Bridge

Finished in 1891, this half-mile span carried vehicles from downtown to the North Shore until 1978, when it was closed for safety reasons. In 1993 it was re-opened as a pedestrian bridge and park. Since then the bri…
Museum in Pigeon Forge

Alcatraz East Crime Museum

Warning: if you're not in the right frame of mind, the exhibits here can leave you feeling off-kilter. Galleries spotlight different aspects of criminology, beginning with medieval torture and continuing through wit…
Aquarium in Chattanooga

Tennessee Aquarium

Occupying two side-by-side but separate buildings, this well-done aquarium is a fun and educational rainy-day destination. The River Journey building spotlights the inhabitants and ecology of the Tennessee River as …
Visitor Center in Cherokee National Forest

Ocoee Whitewater Center

Site of the canoe and kayak slalom events for the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Ocoee Whitewater Center today doubles as a regional visitor center and a gorgeous place for hiking and cycling. Step inside for maps and ou…
Museum in Knoxville

Museum of East Tennessee History

This glossy small museum spotlights key moments in the history of East Tennessee as well as regional cultural topics, from 'hillbilly' music to mountain tourism. It's well done and very informative. Surprising histo…
Gallery in Chattanooga

Hunter Museum of American Art

Set high on the river bluffs, this striking edifice of melted steel and glass – fronted by an early 20th-century mansion – is easily the most singular architectural achievement in Tennessee. Oh, and its 19th- and 20…