Welcome to: Tennessee

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Tennessee!

Our sweet 16th state, Tennessee joined the Union in 1796. Nestled in between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River, Tennessee was originally settled by a number of Native American tribes including the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, Koasati, Quapaw, Shawnee, and Yuchi.

Rich in natural beauty, you’ll find America’s most visited national park here. Great Smoky Mountains National Park not only attracts more visitors than any other national park in the country, it’s also the “Salamander Capital of the World” with 30 different species of them living in the mountains.

If spotting amphibians in the rural mountains isn’t your thing, there’s plenty of city life in Memphis, Nashville, and Knoxville. In Memphis, the National Civil Rights Museum, built around the former Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, is a somber but important stop on any trip to Tennessee.

Tennessee is brimming with some of America’s best BBQ, bourbon, and music.

Memphis-style BBQ holds a place at the table in the debate over which state has the best smoked meats. Known for using a dry-rub, Memphis pitmasters tend to favor pig making it the Pork Barbecue Capital of the World. There’s to be found Tennessee, too.

Elvis… Johnny Cash … Big Star… The Grand ‘Ole Opry … The Nashville A-Team … Memphis Willie B … Dolly … there are just too many pillars of American music to mention. And from Sun Studios to the Grand Ole Opry and from Graceland to Dollywood, there are plenty of musical stops to schedule on your visit to the Volunteer State.