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Natchez TraceState Park, Wildersville Ice cream in Pikeville James K. Polk House, Columbia birding near Sevierville PIE IN THE SKY 129 POINTS OF INTEREST Hang glide above Dunlap, or catch record-breaking-sized fish on the Chickamauga Lake in Dayton. The trail starts in booming Chattanooga, where attractions like the Hunter Museum of American Art and Bluff View Art District top the list of places to visit. Explore the backwoods and waterfalls of South Cumberland State Park. DON’T MISS The iconic Lodge Cast Iron Company is in South Pittsburg. Shop its store for cookware that will last a lifetime. EAT/DRINK THIS Legend has it Monteagle’s High Point Restaurant was constructed with financing from gangster Al Capone. Capone is long gone, but the steaks are still great. WALKING TALL 120 POINTS OF INTEREST Visit the land where McNairy County Sheriff Buford Pusser kept the peace with a big stick at Buford Pusser Home & Museum in Adamsville. Bike the 60-mile Collierville Greenbelt System. The National Bird Dog Museum is in Grand Junction, location of the National Championship for Bird Dogs, held at Ames Plantation. DON’T MISS Antebellum homes abound on a driving tour of LaGrange’s historic district. Also in LaGrange you can kayak down the Wolf River. EAT/DRINK THIS Fresh breads, cheeses, jellies and jams make mouths water at Bäckermann’s Country Market, a Mennonite-owned bakery, grocery and restaurant in Whiteville. SUNNY SIDE 179 POINTS OF INTEREST Carvers Gap on Roan Mountain near Elizabethton is arguably the most beautiful setting along the Appalachian Trail in the Southeast—and it’s easily accessible. Check out the stately General Morgan Inn in Greeneville. Browse for antiques and learn of the legendary Tom Dula (Tom Dooley) captured in Mountain City. DON’T MISS Jonesborough, the state’s oldest town, is home to the International Storytelling Center and the National Storytelling Festival in October. EAT/DRINK THIS Sit on the porch with a glass of Autumn Harvest at Countryside Vineyards & Wine in Blountville. NASHVILLE’S TRACE 122 POINTS OF INTEREST The honky-tonks of Nashville give way to a country ride on and around Natchez Trace Parkway. Along the way is David Crockett State Park near Lawrenceburg, where the pioneer once lived, and Hohenwald, where a monument marks the gravesite of explorer Meriwether Lewis. DON’T MISS Shop at The Dragonfly in Collinwood, an emporium featuring local arts and crafts, antiques, and specialty coffees and smoothies in the lounge. EAT/DRINK THIS Enjoy a taste of Tennessee’s wine country in Hampshire and visit Keg Springs Winery, Natchez Hills Winery and Amber Falls Winery & Cellars. TOP SECRET 111 POINTS OF INTEREST See the state’s wildest country; Big South Fork National River and National Recreation Area, Dale Hollow Lake, the Obed Wild and Scenic River and Frozen Head State Park are among the outdoor playgrounds. Stop at Historic Rugby, where 19th-century British intellectuals tried to make their own Utopia. DON’T MISS Knoxville’s Market Square holds a lot of history, but these days it’s the best nightlife party place in East Tennessee. EAT/DRINK THIS Madefrom- scratch dough is the reason Big Ed’s Pizza has become a landmark in Oak Ridge. WHITE LIGHTNING 111 POINTS OF INTEREST Start at Zoo Knoxville, or head out of town to the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, American Museum of Science & Energy in Oak Ridge, historic Bean Station where a Civil War battle was fought, or scenic Cumberland Gap with its antique shops. DON’T MISS The cane President Lincoln was carrying on the night he was assassinated is on display at the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Harrogate. EAT/DRINK THIS Enjoy drinks on Lake Norris at Bubba Brew’s Sports Bar and Grill in Maynardville. OLD TENNESSEE 98 POINTS OF INTEREST Explore authentic country stores in rural Tennessee communities like the Davis Store in Boston, Nett’s Store in Bethel and Fly’s General Store in Fly. DON’T MISS Walk back through time in Franklin’s Boyd Mill Avenue Historic District. EAT/DRINK THIS Mt. Pleasant Grille has an impressive history and a menu to match, featuring Southern staples and premium homemade ice cream. TANASI 124 POINTS OF INTEREST Drive a portion of the Cherohala Skyway for the best waterfalls and views in the Cherokee National Forest. Visit Sweetwater’s antique district or Red Clay State Historic Park near Cleveland, which encompasses the last seat of the Cherokee Nation before its removal in 1838. DON’T MISS Go on a whitewater rafting trip on the Ocoee River. EAT/DRINK THIS Select your favorite sweet treat at Little Debbie Bakery Store at the company headquarters in Collegedale. Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park Brown signs mark the 16 Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways. The self-guided motor routes connect Tennessee’s 95 counties and encourage guests to travel off the beaten path. Maps and brochures can be downloaded from tnvacation.com or picked up at welcome centers across the state. PROMISED LAND 113 POINTS OF INTEREST Family farms and state parks mark the way from Nashville over the Cumberland Plateau. Shop antique stores in the historic town square in Lebanon, and stroll through the Carthage Courthouse Square. Cedars of Lebanon, Rock Island and Burgess Falls state parks are natural beauties. DON’T MISS Studios, workshops and galleries are part of Appalachian Center for Craft near Smithville. EAT/DRINK THIS In Cookeville, tackle the famous “Giant Burgers” and “Mile High Pie” at the Dipsy Doodle Drive In. SCREAMING EAGLE 74 POINTS OF INTEREST Take in the sights of Nashville before this country drive. Visit Clarksville and its award-winning Beachaven Winery. Fort Campbell is base for the 101st Airborne Division, better known as the Screaming Eagles. DON’T MISS Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills includes a recreation of the country music star’s childhood home. EAT/DRINK THIS There’s nothing like a cup of coffee and a pastry at the Waverly Café on the town square. TENNESSEE RIVER 102 POINTS OF INTEREST Civil War battlefields, state parks and historic towns await exploration. Also, Pickwick Landing and Paris Landing state parks, on opposite ends of this north-to-south route, are great places to fish. DON’T MISS Shiloh National Military Park holds one of the nation’s best-preserved Civil War battlefields. EAT/DRINK THIS Locals brag that The Rivershack Restaurant in Parsons has some of the best fried catfish in Tennessee. RING OF FIRE 109 POINTS OF INTEREST Take in historic homes like Cragfont in Castalian Springs and Rock Castle in Hendersonville. Dale Hollow, Old Hickory and Cordell Hull lakes are among the state’s most beautiful. DON’T MISS Explore downtown Gainesboro, one of Tennessee’s oldest towns, with its historic districts, shops and restaurants. EAT/DRINK THIS Join the locals for steaks, seafood, burgers, and pasta at The Depot Bar & Grill, a remodeled train depot in Springfield. JACK TRAIL 123 POINTS OF INTEREST Ride the rolling hills of Tennessee walking horse country to famed distilleries. Visit quaint towns with names like Bell Buckle, Wartrace, Christiana and Mulberry. Stop at Stones River National Battlefield, the site of one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles. DON’T MISS Take a tour of Middle Tennessee’s distilleries and check out Jack Daniel’s in Lynchburg, George Dickel in Tullahoma, Short Mountain in Woodbury and Prichard’s in Kelso. EAT/DRINK THIS Enjoy a mouth-watering burger at Manchester’s Jiffy Burger, serving comfort food for around 50 years. COTTON JUNCTION 98 POINTS OF INTEREST Meander through country roads where cotton blooms can be seen for miles. Visit unusual sights like The Mindfield, artist Billy Tripp’s magical and massive sculpture in Brownsville and the Cotton Museum of the South at Green Frog Village in Alamo. Feed a giraffe, emu, river water buffalo, elk and a whole lot more at Tennessee Safari Park. The Dixie, Huntingdon DON’T MISS The West Tennessee Regional Art Center in Humboldt is Tennessee’s only permanent fine arts museum located between Memphis and Nashville. Watch a show at The Dixie in Huntingdon. EAT/DRINK THIS Fill up at Brooksie’s Barn in Jackson, where Southern fried catfish, hush puppies and smoked-to-perfection barbecue headline the endless buffet. And don’t forget the pineapple fritters. GREAT RIVER ROAD 64 POINTS OF INTEREST Let your cares roll away down the mighty Mississippi River as you follow the trail to the quaint town of Covington where you can shop on the historic square, visit a world-class nature center and grab a bite at Court Square Cafe. Overlooking the Mississippi River, experience Civil War battlegrounds at Fort Pillow State Historic Park. DON’T MISS The town of Halls offers a shopping experience like no other. Visit stores such as Charlene’s Colony of Shops and Murray Hudson Antique Maps, Globes, Books & Prints. You never know when you will need a map from the 1600s. EAT/DRINK THIS Grab a world-famous burger from the Shelby Forest General Store—yeah, the place where Justin Timberlake told Barbara Walters has “the best hamburgers you’ve ever had in your life.” ROCKY TOP 130 POINTS OF INTEREST The verdant mountains, rushing brooks and quiet trails of Great Smoky Mountains National Park beg to be explored. Peek through the window of Appalachian artisans and craftsmen along the 8-mile Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Trail. Enlighten yourself on the early years of a Texas hero at the Sam Houston Schoolhouse State Historic Site near Maryville. DON’T MISS Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness is 1,000 acres of hiking trails, biking courses and historic sites beginning at Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center. America’s third most popular whitewater rafting experience is on the Pigeon River near the Smokies in Hartford. EAT/DRINK THIS Arrive early at Pancake Pantry in Gatlinburg, where the line for blueberry pancakes stretches out the door.
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