East Tennessee attractions

Top Choice Museum in Chattanooga

Songbirds

This astonishing guitar collection – the largest assemblage of vintage and rare guitars anywhere – is Chattanooga's newest world-class attraction. More than 500 guitars, many arranged in time-line fashion from the 1…
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 photogra…
Top Choice Natural Feature in Chattanooga

Lookout Mountain

Some of Chattanooga's oldest and best-loved attractions are 6 miles outside the city at Lookout Mountain. Combination admission includes the Incline Railway, which chugs up a steep slope to the mountaintop; the stun…
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 reopened as a pedestrian bridge and park. Since then the brid…
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-ca…
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 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 historical …
State Park in East Tennessee

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Waterfalls crash high and low inside this rugged 26,000-acre park that hugs the craggy surface of the Cumberland Plateau 115 miles southeast of Nashville. The most eye-catching is the park's namesake, the veil-like …