Also known as the “heart of the country music scene” with the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a legendary stretch of honky-tonks and dance halls along Printer’s Alley and Broadway Streets, Nashville introduces 18 acres housing Nashville Yards. It will offer over 3.5 million square feet of Grade A office space, more than 1,000 residential units, and over 400,000 square feet of retail, two Amazon office towers, an AEG-backed entertainment district, and more. Grand Hyatt Hotel plans to open in 2021, offering 591 guest rooms. > MORE on Nashville
Memphis, in the far southwest, is the home of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, rock-and-roll pioneering Sun Studio, and the blues clubs of Beale Street. Graceland has introduced 10 immersive new experiences that allow guests to interact with the King like never before. Create your own Elvis album cover or movie poster and share it with your friends! Try on a digital sequined jumpsuit, tour the grounds of Graceland in a virtual golf cart and much more. All activities are included in your Graceland ticket price, >MORE on Memphis
Then, on the other side of the state, Bristol is known as the “birthplace” of country music. Appalachian mountain folk music has been popular for generations. Many of the fiddle tunes and song styles came over from the British Isles in the 1700s. Nearby, Pigeon Forge highlights several country music revues at dinner theaters like Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. It is also home of the Dollywood Theme Park (MORE on Pigeon Forge)
The Chattanoogan Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton, in the heart of the city’s Southside is within a mile of downtown. It offers a full-service spa and rooftop bar called “High Rail” to enjoy scenic views of the city. Director Greg Nicotero and actor Norman Reedus from “The Walking Dead” has opened their second restaurant, Nic & Norman’s. It is focused on great food and community, within the Chattanooga Choo Choo in a renovated and restored space. Opening early 2021, The Kinley identifies itself as being the “living room” of a neighborhood and home base for active explorers and casual adventures visiting downtown. >MORE on Chattanooga
The Volunteer State – is a nickname that began during the War of 1812 as thousands of volunteer soldiers from Tennessee played a prominent role in this war, especially during the Battle of New Orleans. When the state asked for 2,800 Tennessee volunteers during the Mexican War, the nickname was reinforced as there were 30,000 responding to the call.