Tennessee Travel Guide

Tennessee State Travel Guide

About Tennessee

Every year there are many tourists who visit Tennessee. The most attractive feature about this place are the Great Smoky Mountains. Tennessee is also filled with artificial lakes where people take an opportunity to play water sports. Even music lovers can visit Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry or Music Square. Tennesse is also known for its marine life where one can see exotic fish, reptiles, birds, amphibians and mammals. This place is simply awesome for a perfect vacation.

Tennessee Official Language(s) English
Tennessee Demonym Tennessean
Tennessee Capital Nashville
Tennessee Largest City Memphis
Tennessee Largest metro Area Nashville Metropolitan Area
Tennessee Area  Ranked 36th in the US
 - Total 42,169 sq mi
(109,247 km2)
 - Width 120 miles (195 km)
 - Length 440 miles (710 km)
 - % water 2.2
 - Latitude 34° 59′ N to 36° 41′ N
 - Longitude 81° 39′ W to 90° 19′ W
Tennessee Population  Ranked 17th in the US
 - Total 6,214,888 (2008 est.)
- Density 138.0/sq mi  (53.29/km2)
Ranked 19th in the US
Tennessee Elevation  
 - Highest Point Clingmans Dome
6,643 ft. ft  (2,025 m)
 - Mean 900 ft  (280 m)
 - Lowest Point Mississippi River
178 ft  (54 m)
Tennessee Before Statehood Southwest Territory
Tennessee Admission to Union  June 1, 1796 (16th)
Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen (D)
Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey (R)
Tennessee Legislature General Assembly
 - Upper House Senate
 - Lower House House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R)
Bob Corker (R)
U.S. House Delegation 5 Democrats, 4 Republicans
Tennessee Time Zones  
 - East Tennessee Eastern: UTC-5/-4
 - Middle and West Central: UTC-6/-5
Tennessee Abbreviations TN Tenn. US-TN
Tennessee Website http://www.tennessee.gov

 Tennessee Brief History

The capital of Tennessee is Nashville. In the year 1779, Nashville was explored by John Donelson, James Robertson and a group of Wataugans. The original name of Nashville was Fort Nashborough. Very soon Nashville came up as the permanent capital of Tennessee. During the 19th century, Nashville prospered into a newfound town. Tennessee has an interesting history and many historic places.   

Popular Destinations to Visit in Tennessee

Tennessee is known to have exotic places where many tourists come every year. Places like Camden, Johnson City, Memphis and Vonore are some amazing places to visit. Other than the majortourist attractions, Tennessee has many hotels and resorts where people can relax. Some popular places to visit are:

Pigeon Forge

During 1700, many travelers from Carolinas settled in Pigeon Forge. These travelers passed through the Smoky Mountains to reach to their destination. In the year 1820, Isaac Cove was the person who established an iron forge and then 10 years later it was established by his son. During that time there were many pigeons that fed on beech trees which were along the bank of the river. That’s where the name ‘’Pigeon’’ came from.

Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge is 22 miles from Knoxville. It is known to be an important nuclear research center. Uranium was produced in the graphic reactor of the National Laboratory that was used in making bombs. The National Museum of Science and Energy is an interesting place to know where atomic energy is developed.


Nashville is known as the ‘’Athens of the South’’. It is the capital of Tennessee that is located along the Cumberland River. Nashville is known worldwide as the capital of country music which is heard on the radio in a program known as Grand Ole Opry.

Grand Junction

The National Bird Dog Museum that is at the Grand Junction has some spectacular features. Photography and art of bird dogs from the 19th and 20th century are something that you should not miss out on a trip to Tennessee.   

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

The Great Smoky Mountain Nation Park at Tennessee covers an area of 814 sq. miles. This National Park was established in 1934. These mountains run along the ranges of Appalachians which are at the east-west forest region in the U.S. TheGreat Smoky Mountains got its name from the mist and clouds that rise from the mountains like smoke. This National Park in Tennessee is very popular amongst tourists and is one of the most visited ones. The best way to explore and experience the beauty of this park is on foot. People can also go hiking. It’s a vast stretch of land and its fun to visit this place with your family. For more information on Great Smoky Mountain National Park.