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I like the state of Tennessee. I enjoy traveling there and enjoy the wonderful opportunities of things to see and do in the state. It is filled with wonderful places to visit that are filled with history, along with many very beautiful areas. And, the state parks are wonderful! Whether for a day, a weekend, or a complete vacation, Tennessee can offer you some wonderful getaway destinations.
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Attractions and Things to See and Do
State Parks and Recreation Areas
Annual Events
Dining Suggestions


Climate and Weather Information
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Visitor Information
There is a great vacation guide magazine available from the Department of Tourist Development, PO Box 23170, Nashville, TN 37202, tel. 615/741-2158). This book highlights all of the attractions, historic sites, and major events that make Tennessee such a great place to visit. Be sure to also ask them for a map. You can also contact the Tennessee Department of Tourism at 1-800-836-6200. This line is available 24 hours, ETZ, 7 days.

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National Geographic's Driving Guides to: Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky - Discover the region's best Driving Tours with National Geographic as your guide. The guide features the region's best routes and attractions, including: Towns and cities, historical and cultural sites, natural areas, plus many surprises and out-of-the-way places. You will also find entertaining commentary and useful travel tips along with over 20 original, color photographs and detailed maps for each drive keyed to descriptions in text along with directions, mileages, and visitor information.

 
Fodor's USA Road Guide : Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee - Encyclopedic listings with to-the-point descriptions of hotels, restaurants, and attractions along with contact information, rules of the road, scenic drives, climate charts, and more. State and town introductions provide background, timelines offer a sense of history. Fascinating thematic boxes showcase local art, culture, and notable events. Top 10 lists of parks, golf courses, beaches, and more. Scenic highway photos throughout get readers in the mood to hit the road. A complete 16-page atlas of detailed full-color highway maps, plus black-and-white maps covering walking and driving tours.

 
Recommended Country Inns : The South : Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee - You'll find the best of Southern hospitality, as well as the best buys, with this guide. Immerse yourself in idyllic surroundings and discern with ease the best inn for a romantic getaway, family vacation, business conference, or special celebration. The book features only the inns worth visiting, giving you the most value for your money. Full descriptions of each inn provide the most up-to-date, essential information available. Inns deserving special commendation - not just the most expensive - receive Top Pick status and are described in fuller detail. Handy icons help you to recognize at a glance which inns you want to know more about. Special indexes round out this guide, helping you find the inns with features that are most important to you!

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Climate and Weather Information
The state of Tennessee is perfect for vacations during all four seasons. The winters are normally cool and the summers warm. What more could you want? Although there is very little variation in temperatures from north to south, the temperatures in the higher elevations can get down right cold in the winter. You will even experience snow in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee. For additional climate information on Tennessee, click on Climatologies and then click on the map to find Tennessee.

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Driving Information
The state of Tennessee mandates that all persons in front seats of vehicles will wear a safety belt. Children under 4 years of age must be in a child/passenger restraint system that meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. For additional information phone 615/541-3073.

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State Parks and Recreation Areas 
There are few states better than Tennessee for state parks and recreation areas. Just click here (Tennessee State Parks and Recreation Areas) to find information on these wonderful areas for overnights, either camping from very complete facilities to primitive or beautiful lodges, cabins, and motel-type accommodations; some great hiking and walking trails; good fishing and hunting and thousands of square miles of boating opportunities; and many other areas for just about any outdoor sport or activity you could imagine.

Two of my personal favorites would include Fall Creek Falls (Fall Creek Falls) and the South Cumberland State Recreation Area. (South Cumberland State Recreation Area) The South Cumberland area is made up of several different areas where you can really get out and enjoy the countryside as you walk the hills and valleys of the area. And, Fall Creek Falls, is just a wonderful place. Be sure to visit there at least one time in the winter when you can see the ice over the falls.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The national park, in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee, encompasses 800 square miles of which 95 percent are forested. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal resources, the beauty of its ancient mountains, the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, and the depth and integrity of the wilderness sanctuary within its boundaries, it is one of the largest protected areas in the east. Click on Great Smoky Mountains National Park for travel guides, brochures, and money savers to help you plan your visit.

Tennessee is so full of great state parks, recreation areas, and national parks and recreation areas that it would just be too difficult to list them all or tell you which are the best. Check out this site also (Tennessee State Parks) for even more information.

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Annual Events
April
In Knoxville you will want to enjoy the annual Dogwood Arts Festival. You can enjoy over 60 miles of marked dogwood trails by foot, tour bus, or your private vehicle. There are also gardens on display, sporting events, music, parades, food, and much more. 423/637-4561.

May
The Memphis in May International Festival is a month-long celebration of cultural and artistic events. My favorite would be the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. 901/525-4611.

June
In Elizabethton you will want to be a part of the Bluegrass Festival that is held at Slagles pasture. 423/323-3827.

The Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga is filled with music and sporting events, children's activities, food and fun, and even a fireworks display. 423/265-4112

August
The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville is a must for horse lovers. Over 2,000 horses participate. The end of the celebration is marked with the crowning for the world grand champion walking horse. 931/984-5915.

September
Memphis is the place to be during the Labor Day weekend for the annual Labor Day Fest when Beale Street comes alive with jazz, rhythm and blues, country, and rock 'n roll. 901/526-0110.

In Knoxville you can enjoy the Tennessee Valley Fair (423/637-5840), while in Nashville you can go to the Tennessee State Fair (615/862-8980). Both offer you what you would expect at a fair from livestock and agricultural shows and contests, to exhibits, and the midway.

In Memphis you can enjoy the Mid-South Fair and Exposition. 601/274-8800.

October
The National Storytelling Festival in Johnson City is a 3-day gathering that features some of the best storytellers from all over America. 423/753-2171.

In Chattanooga you can take a ride on a river boat, enjoy the arts and crafts displays, and have lots of other food, fun, and entertainment during the Fall Color Cruise and Folk Festival. 423/892-0223.

November
Nashville's Country Holidays offers you a chance to enjoy over 60 events and examine the holiday celebrations of country, antebellum and international cultures. 615/259-4700.

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Attractions and Things to See and Do
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Gatlinburg
An attraction of Biblical proportions, Christus Gardens features a dramatic and inspirational portrayal of the Life of Christ enhanced by beautiful choral music, dramatic lighting and a moving narrative.  Opened in August of 1960, and having a non-denominational religious theme, many people questioned whether it would have much appeal in a carefree family vacation center.  Nearly four decades later, this unique presentation that takes visitors into a world of 2,000 years ago through life-size, life-like scenes from the Bible has become world-famous and is one of Gatlinburg's leading attractions.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The national park, in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee, encompasses 800 square miles of which 95 percent are forested. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal resources, the beauty of its ancient mountains, the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, and the depth and integrity of the wilderness sanctuary within its boundaries, it is one of the largest protected areas in the east. Click on Great Smoky Mountains National Park for travel guides, brochures, and money savers to help you plan your visit.

Memphis
Visit the home of Elvis! Graceland!

Nashville
Elder's Bookstore, located at 2115 Elliston Place (Church Street at 22nd Avenue across from the Baptist hospital), is an interesting interlude where you can search for old books, magazines, maps, posters and other collectables. The owner, Randy Elder, will be happy do a book search to help you find old and out of print books for you or do an appraisal. Visit when in town and check their website at www.eldersbookstore.com when you are looking for an old book or manuscript. Elder's Bookstore, 2115 Elliston Pike, Nashville, TN  37203. Phone: 615.327.1867, email: elderboo@bellsouth.net.

Pigeon Forge
Dixie Stampede is the place to go for an interesting dinner and show.  1.800.356.1676.  The Comedy Barn -- Family variety show.  1.800.29.LAUGH.  Christmas Place, located in Bell Tower Square, is a magical land filled with thousands of Christmas decorations and items.  1.800.445.3396.  

Sevierville
Enjoy a fun evening at Governor's Palace Theatre enjoying the Blackwood Quartet Show.

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Chattanooga
Town & Country Restaurant - This place has been around since 1947. It is family owned (by the same family that started the restaurant in '47) and serves some great meals. This is one of my favorite places for Sunday dinner anywhere in the state. The menu is wonderful and filled with all of those things you used to find in American restaurants! Fresh vegetables and steak are staples, as are the pasta dishes and hot soups. Lunchtime there is an express menu featuring country style steak, fried chicken, club sandwiches and more. Dinner will cost about $12, lunch a mere $7. Top off your meal with a piping hot cup of coffee and a delicious slice of cake or pie. 110 North Market Street (just over the bridge from the aquarium), Phone - 423.267.8544

Cleveland
Tres Hermanos
- Located at 2502 North Ocoee Street is a pretty good Mexican restaurant. They have all of the traditional items on the restaurant, along with several other interesting items. Try their Ensalada Fresca or the Quesadilla Deluxe.

Nashville
Elliston Place Soda Shop - Located at 2111 Elliston Place, the small restaurant has been in operation since 1939, making it the oldest restaurant continuously operating in Nashville. The menu includes daily "meat-and-three" specials with an appealing selection of comfort foods such as fried chicken and mashed potatoes. I love the greens there! They also offer a variety of burgers and sandwiches. The burgers are tasty and go well with a malt or shake. Regardless of what you order, you can have a complete meal and still spend well under ten dollars. 2111 Elliston Place Nashville 37203. 615-327-1090. Be sure to stop in at Elder's Bookstore just down the street while you are in the area.

Shelbyville
Plantation House Restaurant
- It is always nice to find a good restaurant when you are on the road and the Plantation House is just such a place. They are open Monday through Friday from 11:00 with a nice buffet along with a menu that includes some good sandwiches and salads. Plantation House Restaurant & Catering, 208 Elm Street, Shelbyville, TN 37160, 931.684.2868.

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Some Favorites in Tennessee
Watts Bar Resort is one of my favorite getaway places in Tennessee.  It is great for a family reunion.  And, I always try to be driving by at meal time just so I can eat in the restaurant there! (Note; I have recently learned (as of January, 2007, that the resort is under new management. If anyone has any current information on the place, please let me know. I know it was always one of my favorite stops when I lived in Georgia, but since retiring in Arizona, I have not been there. Thanks, Jim.) mailto:jimbruner@gettingaway.com

reat Smoky Mountains National Park. The national park, in the states of North Carolina and Tennessee, encompasses 800 square miles of which 95 percent are forested. World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal resources, the beauty of its ancient mountains, the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, and the depth and integrity of the wilderness sanctuary within its boundaries, it is one of the largest protected areas in the east. Click on Great Smoky Mountains National Park for travel guides, brochures, and money savers to help you plan your visit.

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