Birthplace of

Frontiersman Davy Crockett (1786–1836), soul diva Aretha Franklin (b 1942), singer Dolly Parton (b 1946)

Capital

Nashville

Driving Distances

Memphis to Nashville 213 miles, Nashville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park 223 miles

Famous for

'Tennessee Waltz,' country music, Tennessee walking horses, soul music

Home of

Graceland, Grand Ole Opry, Jack Daniel's distillery

Major City

Memphis

Nickname

Volunteer State

Odd Law

In Tennessee, it's illegal to fire a gun at any wild game, other than whales, from a moving vehicle

Politics

Pretty darn conservative, with liberal hot spots in urban areas

Sales Tax

7%, plus local taxes of up to about 15%