Of the three regions of Tennessee, the central region is the most topographically diverse, with rolling hills, streams, and the Nashville Basin. The mountainous eastern region exhibits influences of Appalachian culture, and is home to Chattanooga and Knoxville. The west, on the other hand, shows Mississippi Delta cultural influence.
A land of southern hospitality and calm weather, Tennessee has something for everyone. If you are into country music, then Nashville, the state capital, is a definite stop. Known as "the country music capital of the world," it hosts the Country Music Association (CMA) Music Festival every year. The festival features more than 70 hours of live concerts by country music stars. If you are into rock n' roll or the blues, then you'll want to visit Memphis. Aside from being Elvis Presley's home, it was the first city of the blues and the home of rock n' roll.
High on the list of things to do in Tennessee is shopping. Scattered throughout the state are outlet malls, specialty stores, antique galleries, wineries, and farmers' markets. One can join organized shopping excursions to find the perfect souvenir or take advantage of an ongoing yard sale.
The major cities are known for diverse activities. For instance, Knoxville is famous for its Tennessee Volunteers football. Chattanooga takes prides in its Chattanooga Choo Choo as well as in the Tennessee Aquarium. In Greensville, one will find America's charming towns and villages. Pigeon Force is known as the home of Dollywood, where the Dolly Parton's amusement park is found. Kingsport is known as the Model City, while Oak Ridge is referred to as the Secret City.
Tourists have a choice of other appealing destinations in the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, and the Obed Wild and Scenic River.