Hickory-smoked barbeque, lushly forested mountain ranges, vibrant autumnal leaves, the biggest country music scene in the world: all of these things are associated with Tennessee. This state is not only packed with Southern charm but also some of the most iconic sights and sounds in the United States. It’s a state to visit if you want to have a lot of fun and let your hair down while enjoying some of America’s most prominent cultural references.
Country Music Hall of Fame
If you’re a devoted country and music fan, then the Country Music Hall of Fame is your must-see attractions. This museum is also a hub for events and interviews with infamous country museums, with a venue that caters to group tours of all sized. You’ll see fascinating exhibitions on country music icons such as Emmylou Harris and many others who have played a pivotal role in the folk music scene.
Go and enjoy live music
It’s very rare that you’ll get to experience country and bluegrass music in one of the biggest and most vibrant national music scenes in the world. Just in the same way that you’d want to go and see jazz music in New York or New Orleans, Tennessee is the place to go for some of America’s best folk music. Attending local gigs is the best way to catch up-and-coming country music musicians and enjoy the local atmosphere. If you’re looking to live the Southern life with style, then searching for ‘Nashville jet charters‘ will help you find flights that let you travel in comfort and on your timescale.
Go white water rafting
There are a limited number of countries where you can go white water rafting, and the experience is deserving of the title. The rapids in Tennessee certainly give this adrenaline-pumping activity a deserving name and are in fact some of the best white water rafting rides in America. Smoky Mountain Rafting is a visitor-favorite, perfect for families who are not only looking to paddle through the rushing waters but also experience some other adventure sports. This is a great place to go if you’re feeling risky enough to try some of their more advanced ‘extreme’ water rafting routes, or go zip-lining.
Great Smoky National Park, affectionately referred to as ‘The Smokies,’ is an absolute must-see if you are in Tennessee. It goes without saying that this is a great place if you’re an outdoors enthusiasts who loves hiking; in fact, you’ll find over 900 miles of hiking trails to explore. Whichever time of year you decide to travel, you’ll find plenty of ways to enjoy the scenery, which include:
- Mountain biking
- Riding on horseback
- Trips organized by Park Rangers
- Picnic sites
Of course, on your visit to Tennessee, there are plenty of other ways to feel truly Southern; such as visiting the Jack Daniels distillery and enjoying some home-cooked barbeque. But before you plan your trip to the States, be sure to consider this humble but bold state. You won’t be disappointed by its charm and knowledge of how to have a good time – banjo and raft not included!