With all there is to see and do in Tennessee, one of the state's most popular attractions remains the incredibly scenic views and recreation to be found in and around Great
Smoky Mountains National Park,
More major hot spots
for summer fun vacations also include the
amusement park at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, and first-rate country music shows at the Grand
Ole Opry in Nashville,
Elvis Presley's Graceland
Mansion in Memphis is also a must-see and, for great family fun, head for the Tennessee
Aquarium in Chattanooga (with more info on kid-friendly Tennessee attractions just up ahead) :
Top attractions in Tennessee include scenic tours around the Great Smokey Mountains (left); trips
in Pigeon Forge (middle); and paying homage to Elvis at Graceland in Memphis (right).
2024 Tennessee Events & Festivals
The Country Music Association pulls out all
stops at the annual CMA Fest in Nashville..
Check out our 2024 Tennessee travel calender featuring memorable events and major festivals happening throughout the state with dates, locations and official links for more information.
Weekends in May 2024 -- Tennessee Renaissance Festival Arrington -- Welcome and well met! - as visitors thrill at jousting tournaments and enjoy festival food and browsing the craft and artisan booths.
May 31- June 2, 2024 -- Riverbend Festival Chattanooga - Make your way to Ross’s Landing on the Tennessee River for three days of live country music and old time jazz by big name acts and regional artists.
June 3 - June 8, 2024 -- International Folkfest Murfreesboro - Check out folk singers and dance performances at several venues around town.
June 6 - June 9, 2024 -- CMA Fest Nashville - Head to Nissan Stadium for a country music lovefest with a roster of A-list performers, courtesy of the Country Music Association.
July 4, 2024 -- Nashville Hot Chicken Festival Nashville - Hot chicken is a Nashville specialty, brought to you by various local food vendors in East Park, plus don't miss the big Fire Truck Parade!
August 9 - August 10, 2024 -- Tomato Art Fest Nashville - The show features paintings, sculptures, textiles, and more along with popular local Nashville musicians providing live entertainment.
to west, family-friendly fun in Tennessee naturally begins in Great
Smoky Mountains National Park with stops at world famous Dollywood
as well as the spectacularly beautiful Cade's
Cove driving loop in Pigeon Forge.
Tennessee, major must-see's in Chattanooga include the nationally
Aquarium, home to more than 10,000 denizens of both land and
sea in state-of-the-art exhibits, as well as the aquarium-sponsored
2-hour tour aboard the River Gorge Explorer.
and younger kids, the very popular Creative
Discovery Museum also offers exhibits, hands-on activities
and other fun stuff for children 1-8.
Meanwhile, fun for the whole
family awaits at Lookout
Mountain offering great views of Chattanooga and the entire
river valley, visits to awesome waterfalls, and special events
scheduled throughout the year.
moms and dads visiting Nashville will also find it to be Tennessee's entertainment capitol for
kids as well, with a visit to the Nashville
Zoo offering a menagerie of animals from all over the world
in natural-looking habitats along with activities, shows and events
going on throughout the year.
More Nashville hot spots for family fun await at Imaginarium
Children's Adventure Museum providing interactive fun and games;
while older kids will enjoy a trip to the Adventure
Science Center with interesting exhibits as well as awesome
laser and planetarium shows.
tour in Memphis, there is pop history galore on exhibit for Elvis
fans young and old at world famous Graceland,
with an entire day of family-friendly attractions at Memphis
Pink Palace Museum and Planetarium including an IMAX theater,
the Sharpe Planetarium, and The Lichterman Nature Center. And
no visit to Memphis would be complete without a visit to the Memphis
Zoo to see thousands of different mammals ranging from panda
bears to spider monkeys including a tropical bird house, an aquarium
and butterfly garden.
Sorry. No liquor served.
DID YOU KNOW? Tennessee Travel Fun Facts
. • There is no sampling the merchandize during a tour of the Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg, TN. It lies in the middle of a completely dry county with the sale and consumption of liquor strictly prohibited.
• Sweet! Tennessee is the original home of Mountain Dew, Moonpies, and cotton candy.
• The Lost Sea in Sweetwater is the largest underground lake in the United States.
More information about Tennessee travel & tourism around the Web:
Tennessee - The State's Offiical Travel Planning Web Site - Fun, easy-to-use travel guide with a "top tenn" list
of things to see throughout the state all searchable by keyword,
region, or area of interest - including nature & outdoors,
music & art, sports & recreation, history & heritage,
with pictures and video presentations.
Cumberland Tourism Association - Nature in all its glory for a Tennessee
mountain getaway, including where to go and what to see, festivals & special
events, photo gallery, maps & directions.
Visit Chattanooga - A virtual tour of the city with photos & information on major attractions,
hotels, dining, shopping, current weather, vacation packages.
Travel Information - Insider feature stories, detailed guides on what
to do and see (besides Graceland), tips on hotels & restaurants, picture gallery and event calendar, from Lonely Planet.com