A journey starts with one step, and in Tennessee your steps will lead to one inspiring adventure after another. Step into Tennessee’s great outdoors— hiking, biking, kayaking or canoeing some of the thousands of miles along the state’s trails, including our greenways and blueways. Tennessee’s 56 award-winning state parks are central to outdoor recreation and provide the perfect “unplugged” vacation. Cast a line in some of the cleanest lakes in the country—Norris and Dale Hollow, or whitewater raft the Ocoee, America’s No. 1 whitewater center. Plan a visit to America’s No. 1 most-visited National Park, Great Smoky Mountains, where family fun is the order of the day at places like Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg and Wilderness of the Smokies in Sevierville, Dolly Parton’s hometown. If city sights and sounds are your preference, Tennessee’s four major cities have some of the most popular destinations in all of America— Elvis’ Graceland in Memphis, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, plan to spend Aug. 21, 2017 in Tennessee, for the total solar eclipse. Tennessee will provide some of the very best and longest views of the eclipse, and special events are planned across the state in Clarksville, Gallatin, Nashville, Sparta and Murfreesboro. Tennessee’s history is known around the world because of places like Shiloh National Battlefield, the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, and the homes of President Andrew Jackson in Nashville, President James K. Polk in Columbia and President Andrew Johnson in Greeneville. During the centennial commemoration of World War I, we’re especially honored to showcase Sgt. Alvin C. York State Park, including his home site in Pall Mall. Music is paramount in Tennessee. In 2017, we hope you’ll join us as we celebrate some important music milestones: Ryman Auditorium’s 125th , Bristol Sessions’ 90th, RCA Studio B’s 60th, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s 50th, and during Elvis Week we remember 40 years since we lost Elvis. The soundtrack of America is made in Tennessee. We hope you will come for a visit soon. Bill Haslam Tennessee Governor
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