Top Choice Distillery in Gatlinburg

Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler

At first glance, this stone-and-wood moonshine distillery, Tennessee's first licensed moonshine maker, appears to have a Disney flair, but it's the real deal. Gathering around the hysterical bartenders, drinking the…
Aquarium in Chattanooga

Tennessee Aquarium

That glass pyramid looming over the riverside bluffs is the world's largest freshwater aquarium. Climb aboard the aquarium's high-speed catamaran for two-hour excursions through the Tennessee River Gorge (adult/chil…
Gallery in Chattanooga

Hunter Museum of American Art

Set high on the river bluffs, this striking melted-steel and glass edifice, easily the most singular architectural achievement in Tennessee. Oh, and their 19th- and 20th-century art collection is fantastic. Permanen…
in Chattanooga

Chattanooga African-American Museum

Chattanooga African-American Museum has a special exhibit on 'Empress of the Blues' singer Bessie Smith, a Chattanooga native.
Museum in Knoxville

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

You can't miss the massive orange basketball that marks the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, a nifty look at the sport from the time when women were forced to play in full-length dresses.
Amusement Park in Eastern Tennessee


Dollywood is a self-created ode to the patron saint of East Tennessee, the big-haired, bigger-bosomed country singer Dolly Parton. The park features Appalachian-themed rides and attractions, a water park, the new Dr…
Landmark in Knoxville


The city's visual centerpiece is the Sunsphere, a golden orb (disco ball!) atop a tower that's the main remnant of the 1982 World Fair. You can take the elevator up to the 4th floor viewing deck to see the skyline, …
Architectural in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cades Cove

A cove, in Appalachian parlance, means a valley, but Cades Cove is far more than that. Many consider this special place to be a national treasure, thanks to its poignant cultural legacy, telling pioneer architecture…
National Park in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The 815-sq-mile park is the country's most visited and, while the main arteries and attractions can get crowded, 95% of visitors never venture further than 100 yards from their cars, so it's easy to leave the teemin…