Tennessee Attractions

Tennessee attractions are many and varied. You'll find beauty, romance, culture, history, and plenty of fun and excitement in East Tennessee.

The Great Outdoors

The biggest attraction in East Tennessee is the land itself. The mountains, streams and rivers of this region provide abundant opportunities for recreation and relaxation. Fishing, hiking, whitewater rafting, boating, camping, horseback riding, and rock climbing are all popular activities here.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the crown jewel of Tennessee attractions, being the largest and most popular park in the region. Or head up to Roan Mountain Gardens in June when the rhododendrons bloom. The Big South Fork is well known for its rugged scenery and wild rivers. Wherever you go, there's a Tennessee park or recreation area to thrill and delight you.

Tennessee Attractions for Family Fun

There's plenty to do here for family fun. East Tennessee boasts many world-class attractions. TheTennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is the largest freshwater aquarium in the world, and Dollywood in Pigeon Forge is Tennessee's most visited attraction. The resort towns of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Townsend offer a wealth of family-oriented activities,

Life in the City

If you're looking for sophisticated cultural offerings, head to Knoxville or Chattanooga, where you'll find art museums and galleries, live theater, concerts, ballet, shops and boutiques.

There's plenty to do for families too, including amusements, museums, parks, recreational activities, and sightseeing.

Historical Attractions

There are a great many historical attractions in east Tennessee, including historic sites, museums, and even whole towns and villages. 

  • In the Smokies, Cades Cove offers a view of pioneer life.
  • In Norris, just east of Knoxville, you can explore the culture of the region at the Museum of Appalachia.
  • In charming little Greeneville, you can learn about our 17th President at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site.
  • Or head up to tiny Jonesborough, Tennessee's oldest town and host to the annual National Storytelling Festival.
  • Tucked up against the Big South Fork National Recreation Area, the historic village of Rugby offers a fascinating view of Victorian utopian dreams.
  • In Knoxville, you can visit Blount MansionJames White Fort, and numerous other sites.
  • You can learn about Civil War history at Chattanooga's Point Park.

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