Most states have one official state song. Tennessee has 10! And there's a reason for that: Tennessee has music deep within its soul. Here, the folk music of the Scots-Irish in the eastern mountains combined with the bluesy rhythms of the African Americans in the western Delta to give birth to the modern country music that makes Nashville famous.
The state's three geographic regions, East, Middle and West Tennessee, are represented by the three stars on the Tennessee flag. Each has its own unique beauty: the heather-colored peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains; the lush green valleys of the central plateau around Nashville; and the hot, sultry lowlands near Memphis.
In Tennessee you can hike shady mountain trails in the morning, and by evening whoop it up in a Nashville honky-tonk or on the blues-infused sidewalks of Beale St.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Tennessee.
Whether it’s a guided tour of a historic landmark, private tasting of local delicacies, or an off-road adventure — explore the best experiences in Tennessee.