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Things to Do in Tennessee

From mountain music in the east to Beale Street’s blues in Memphis to country music in Nashville, here everyone has a song in their hearts. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, is tops in the nation. In Chattanooga, celebrate the Tennessee River at the aquarium and learn about the city’s railroad past. Nearby, the Ocoee River is a whitewater rafter’s dream. Natchez Trace Parkway runs south from Nashville, where there are plenty of attractions and things to do. Throughout the state, Civil War battles raged, leaving stories to be told. Memphis boasts its BBQ restaurants and Graceland, the home of Elvis, king of rock ‘n roll. Spend some time here…hotels, cabins, condos and B&Bs available.
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Three Rivers Rambler

900 Neyland Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee
865-524-9411
The Three Rivers Rambler is a 90-minute, 11-mile train ride that highlights East Tennessee's unique history and beauty. Guests aboard the train, pulled by a fully restored 1925 steam locomotion, enjoy a trip along the Tennessee River beginning in downtown Knoxville and traveling past historical sites such as the Three Rivers Trestle, where the French Broad and Holston River join to form the Tennessee River.

The Three Rivers Rambler train ride is in the process of a two-to-three year...
Hours & Admission
May to November, Saturday and Sunday 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., except University of Tennessee home football game dates when Railgate is held. Extended hours and days for themed events, such as Easter, fall foliage, and the Pumpkin and Christmas Express. Admission.
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Christ in the Smokies Museum & Gardens

510 River Road
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
865-436-5155
Through a series of a dozen scenes, featuring more than 100 life-size bible figures, the story of Jesus comes to life. One of the highlights includes the miracle of Christ healing the blind man. A collection of 60 Biblical coins and precious gems are also showcased including widow’s mites, the tribute coin and the shekel of tyre. The gems are those mentioned in the Bible accounts.
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission.

Cradle of Country Music Walking Tour

601 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee
865-215-8824
This downtown walking tour highlights some of the earliest country music stars and performances in Knoxville. The one-hour walk begins at the East Tennessee History Center* and includes markers regarding Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, The Everly Brothers, Roy Acuff, the "Midday Merry-Go-Round" and more.
Hours & Admission
Daily dawn to dusk. Free.

Fun Time Trolley

186 Old Mill Avenue
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
865-453-6444
The trolley, with more than 100 stops along several routes, is the easiest and most convenient way for visitors to get around Pigeon Forge and Sevierville with connections to Gatlinburg.

The yellow route runs from the depot at Patriot Park, east of The Old Mill*, north to downtown Sevierville - via Teaster Lane and U.S. Highway 441 - and the county courthouse with stops at several shopping centers, including Tanger Five Oaks Outlet Center*. The yellow route operates every 20-25 minutes....
Hours & Admission
Early March to October, daily 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 midnight, November and December, daily 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Closed major winter holidays. Admission.

Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway

1001 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
423-436-5423
During a 20-minute ride, the aerial tram transports visitors 2.1 miles from downtown Gatlinburg up 2,800 feet above sea level to Mount Harrison. Enjoy panoramic vistas throughout the year, including views of Mount LeConte, the tallest mountain in the eastern United States. Once on the mountain, find Ober Gatlinburg* with its seasonal ski resort and amusement park. (*see separate listing)
Hours & Admission
Early May to late April, Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 7:20 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 8:20 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 6:20 p.m. Admission.

Gatlinburg Trolley System/Mass Transit Center

88 River Road
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
865-436-3897
The trolley (Gatlinburg Trolley System), which services approximately 50 miles of routes, is the easiest and most convenient way for visitors to get around Gatlinburg, the Great Smokies Mountain National Park and the Arts and Crafts Community, as well as to Dollywood in nearby Pigeon Forge.

The red route runs through downtown Gatlinburg.

The blue...
Hours & Admission
November to mid-March, Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., November to mid-March, Friday and Saturday and mid-March to late March, daily 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., April to October 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight. Admission; exact change.

Gaylord’s Opryland

2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee
615-889-1000
While Opryland the theme park no longer exists, Gaylord’s Opryland is an entertainment complex. Its resort is best known for its signature glass roofs and nine acres (yes, nine acres) of lavish indoor gardens and waterfalls. Tour the gardens by Delta riverboat.

The General Jackson Showboat*, Opry Mills Mall (**reopening in 2012; closed due to damage sustained during the flood), the Grand Old Opry* and historic downtown Ryman Auditorium* are part of Gaylord Entertainment®...
Hours & Admission
24/7. Free.

General Jackson Showboat

2812 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee
615-458-3900
For more than 25 years, the General Jackson Showboat has cruised the Cumberland River, offering visitors a variety of shows in its two-story theater. Mid-day cruises feature lunch and live entertainment, while evening cruises include a three-course dinner and a live show centered on music.

Named for President Andrew Jackson, the 1200-passenger paddlewheel boat with four decks stands 77 feet tall, making it one of the country’s largest showboats....
Hours & Admission
Box office: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission.

Ghost and Haunts Tour

404 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
865-366-5834
During this 90-minute tour that covers a one-mile route, discover details about Gatlinburg’s past - the kind city officials would prefer you not really know…haunted locations, murders, paranormal activity, and stories about a centuries-old cemetery.
Hours & Admission
March to October, daily 9:00 p.m., November to March, times vary. Admission.

Haley Heritage Square

Hazen Street and Dandridge Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee
865-215-1413
The 13-foot bronze statue of Alex Haley is thought to be the largest bronze statue of an African American in the country. Located in Haley Heritage Square inside Morningside Park, the statue of the Pulitzer-prizing winning author of "Roots" faces the Smoky Mountains Haley loved so much. Haley described Knoxville his "adopted home."
Hours & Admission
Daily dawn to dusk. Free.
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