Virtual Travel – Tennessee

Welcome to Tennessee.



State Capital & History

1958     1974     1977     1978     1993     2008     2015     2017



Nashville is the state capital, with the capitol building dating from 1859.

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State Symbols – Tennessee is the ‘leader in the clubhouse’ with over 60 state symbols, including 10 state songs and 3 state trees. Among the most unusual are:

State Cowboy Poet Laureate – David Nelson. A 16 paragraph resolution has identified David ‘Buffalo Bill’ Nelson, a humorist and performer the State Cowboy Poet Laureate.

David Buffalo Bill Nelson


The State Bicentennial Rap Song.

Oh, how proud we are of thee!
Volunteer State since 1812 –
Glad our fathers picked here to dwell!
Presidents, Presidents – proud are we!
Jackson, Polk, and Johnson – three!
Crockett, Forrest, and John Sevier;
Alvin York and Hull lived here!
Baker, Gores, and Kefauver,
Served our country with honor!
U.T., Memphis and Vandy U.,
Tennessee Tech and Sewanee, too!
Appalachian Mountains, mountains high –
Reaching up in the smoky sky!
Tennessee River, flowing through –
We will cross near the Choo Choo!
Dollywood and Walking Horse Show!
Opryland and the Opry Show!
Whisky, whisky – sipping smooth –
Moon, Moon Pies and Goo Goo Goos!
Reelfoot Lake and cotton fields,
Natchez Trace and Civil War fields!
Mocking birds and raccoons grow,
And tulip poplars and iris show!
Bessie Smith and Memphis blues –
W.C. Handy and Elvis, too!
Eastman, Oak Ridge, and TVA –
Nissan, Saturn, and Country Music pay!
Chickasaw, Sequoyah, and Cherokee –
Cumberland Plateau and Mississippi!




As most people know Nashville is the center of country music,, with many tributes and landmarks around the city celebrating this history.



Memphis – Tennessee’s largest city, and one of the home of the Blues.  (All Memphis photos from the internet)

Relay Memphis

7 Surprising Stops Between Memphis and Franklin | Franklin, Tennessee

Memphis Hotels, Events, & Attractions | Visit Memphis, TN     Memphis travel | USA - Lonely Planet


Graceland – Elvis’s home.

Ticket Information | Graceland





Bridges & Bi-ways

1972 – Reelfoot Lake     1988     1993     2001 – TN Highway 96 Double Arch Bridge – Natchez Trace Parkway     2002 – Nashville Speedway and Stones River



Travelling about the Tennessee countryside reveals some unique and quirky sights.



Lane Motor Museum in Nashville has a great collection of micro cars.




Beech Aircraft Museum in Tullahoma has a fantastic collection of aircraft.




Mountain Roads

1979     1981 – Lookout Mountain     1993     1994     1995 – Greay Creek Bridge on State Route 40 Polk County     2000     2003



Central Tennessee is home to numerous waterfalls.



Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Home to some of the tallest mountains in the east, this park was dedicated in 1940. It was created in response to the clear cut logging that was occurring, destroying the area. (Photos from Pintrest)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park to reopen, but not all of it

List of areas to open in Great Smoky Mountain National Park announced

Best Camping in and Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park




Flowery Tennessee

1985     1989     1999 – First Lady Promoting Wildflowers along Freeways     2000 – Cerobala Skyway     2005     2007 – Tennessee State Flower     2011     2013


The Tennessee State Flower – the Iris. (photos from internet)

Tennessee State Cultivated Flower | Iris


Tennessee Interstate Conservancy



Nashville’s Cheekwood Botanical Gardens (photos from Pintrest)

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Art Museum Tour - Waterfront ...

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville

Seasonal Festivals in Nashville | Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in ...



Roane Mountain near Asheville is home to the largest Rhododendron Garden in the world. (photos from Pintrest)











Roan Mountain Rhododendrons - Mountain Vista Pano - Advanced Fine Art

Roan Mountain Rhododendron Report 2016 - Mitchell County Chamber ...








Nashville – National Parks Road Trip – Day 23

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The drive from Florence, Alabama was only about 2 hours in the cool rain. Once we arrived we went to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds for a massive flea market/antique show. We came home with a couple of small treasures, but most importantly it filled the time until 10 AM when the Lane Motor Museum opened

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We arrived at the Lane Motor Museum on Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville, opting for tickets for the main museum and the basement tour. The museum boasts a collection of more than 350 cars on display. Lane is known for collecting the unusual and rare cars.

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The museum was divided in sections of cars made by country. Cars from Czechoslovakia, France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, South America and the United States were seen. This is not your typical car museum! Lane Motor Museum features unique cars, bicycles, and motorcycles.

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I found the futuristic cars from the 50’s and 60’s interesting. Cars with two heads, two engines, three wheels, cars that fold in half and even one run by a propeller, a car that could be driven forward from either end, and an amphibious vehicle were some of the exceptional vehicles exhibited.

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The basement tour provided a tour guide for us since this area is a working garage and cars were on lifts and tools were loosely strewn about. The guide led us through the garage and announced that Lane is proud that all their cars are road ready. He went on about the history and acquisition of many of the individual cars. Some of these cars are driven in road rallies and have won.

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Since it was lunchtime we headed downtown, but quickly found the tourist areas packed with faux cowboys and cowgirls in the cowgirl skirts and boots, so we continued to a non touristy area on the west side, finding lunch at the Blackstone Brewery. We both had a great meal away from the multitude of tourists.

From here it was a short drive past Vanderbilt University and to find a craft show in Centennial Park, which is also home to the Parthenon of Tennessee. This building houses an art gallery and museum and also looks like the Parthenon in Greece. We left to discover more of this city and stumbled on a playground with a very large dragon that spiraled through the park that offered a climbing structure with an artistic flair. The dragon was covered in mosaic tile making it very colorful.

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Our next stop was at music row where we walked the block to see the music studios. Dedicated markers and decorated guitars standing at the studios granted information about the country artists for us to read along the way. The guitars had to be at least 10 feet tall.

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We walked on to find statues of a giant microphone that I posed as though I was singing into and also a bronze piano and statue of Owen Bradley playing the piano.

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Owen Bradley, a country music record producer helped to create the “Nashville Sound” with Chet Atkins. The Nashville sound replaced the honky tonk sound with smooth background vocals. Chet Atkins also has a bronze statue of him playing a guitar and an empty stool next to him so that you can sit and play along.

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We drove to the baseball field for the Nashville Sounds, a AAA team. A Segway tour proceeded through as we inspected the monstrous guitar used as the field’s scoreboard. Then we moved on to find the store for the TV program Antique Archeology. We got close to the area but crowds jammed the streets and walkways so we moved on.

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Nearby is the Tennesse State Capital, complete with a civil war statue. It never ceases to amaze me how much the south celebrates a war they lost, sort of like British celebrating the 4th of July. It was here we managed to photobomb a wedding.

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We made it to the Residence Inn near the airport about 5 pm. We went to Elaine’s for dinner to find that Elaine’s was celebrating a milestone in business and provided a jazz band for entertainment with a special menu. We had braised short ribs with grits and rosemary lemon chicken with sweet potato hash. Dinner was good but we felt as if we were being pushed out the door.

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