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Tennessee. Home to legendary recording studios, country and blues icons, world-renowned whisky distilleries and the Great Smoky Mountains. Music aficionados and nature-lovers will revel in this, The Volunteer State – known as such for its citizen’s valour in their voluntary involvement in the War of 1812.

Our 10-day Bluegrass and Bourbon Trail begins in Memphis – commonly regarded as the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll. Soak up the bright lights of buzzing Beale Street and its lively bars, filling the air with the rousing sounds of  guitars, before tucking into famed Memphis-style barbecue (slow-cooked in a pit).; learn of the plights African-Americans faced at the National Civil Rights Museum and discover more about the life of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Elvis Presley – with a tour of his kitsch former residence, Graceland; and walk in the footsteps of Johnny Cash and B.B. King on a tour of the Sun Studio.

Visit the historic Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg and witness the beauty of Cave Spring Hollow, the primary source of water for every bottle they make. Venture underground into Chattanooga’s Lookout Mountain, to observe the incredible Ruby Falls – a 50 metre high waterfall – then take in jaw-dropping vistas as you look out across seven states from Lovers’ Leap at Rock City Gardens.

As part of our 11-day American Rhythms tour, you’ll celebrate country music stars at Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame and County Music Hall of Fame; sip cocktails at one of Broadway’s lively honky-tonk bars; and catch a traditional line-dancing show at the Wildhorse Saloon. An amalgamation of music history, this tour combines the country and rock ‘n’ roll roots of Tennessee and the hometown of jazz New Orleans, with the opportunity for a bayou boat tour in search of alligators in the city of LaFayette.

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Nick, Senior Destination Manager

“Nolensville Road is known as Nashville’s ‘international corridor’. Here you’ll find a whole host of globally-inspired markets and restaurants, offering something different from the deep-fried dishes of the South.”

Nick
Senior Destination Manager
Christie, Destination Executive

“With all this talk of rock ‘n’ roll and the blues, it’s easy to forget that Memphis is also known for its soul music. The Stax Museum of American Soul pays tribute to icons such as Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Well worth a visit.”

Christie
Destination Executive
Martyn, Destination Executive

“Chattanooga is home to some truly spectacular scenery and provides excellent landscapes for budding photographers. Lookout Mountain and Ruby Falls are breath-taking.”

Martyn
Destination Manager

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to get around Nashville?

Aside from exploring this fascinating city on foot, you can rent a bicycle using the simple B-Cycle program, or you can ride the free Music City Circuit bus.

What’s the climate like in Memphis?

Memphis experiences cool weather between March and April, and October through until November. The summer months have an average high of around 29°C, but temperatures can reach 35°C.

What is the food like in Tennessee?

What is the food like in Tennessee?

The combination of legendary musical heritage, award-winning distilleries, mouth-watering cuisine and unforgettable scenery make Tennessee a must-see state of the South.

Why you'll love Tennessee...

• Touring the famous RCA Studio B, where Dolly Parton and Jim Reeves once recorded
• Visiting the Jack Daniels Distillery and sampling unique and upcoming variants
• Hiking up to Lovers’ Leap for panoramic vistas across the South
• Watching the live entertainment at one of Nashville’s honky-tonk bars
• Biting into juicy Memphis-style barbecue
• Immersing yourself in American history at the National Civil Rights Museum
• Walking in the steps of Elvis in his former residence, Graceland
• Catching a line-dancing show at the Wildhorse Saloon
• Sipping whisky at one of Beale Street’s lively rock ‘n’ roll bars
• Spotting the names of country music legends on the Music City Walk of Fame

Did you know?

• Nashville is host to the longest running live radio programme in the world – The Grand Ole Opry.
• Chattanooga was the site of the world’s first Coca Cola bottling plant.
• America’s largest earthquake was in Tennessee during 1811. It was this, the New Madrid Earthquake, that formed the Reelfoot Lake.

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