Things to do in Tennessee

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Pigeon Forge: Titanic Museum Advance Purchase Ticket

1. Pigeon Forge: Titanic Museum Advance Purchase Ticket

Step aboard the popular Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, experience the largest display of Titanic artifacts anywhere in the world, and interact with exhibits that appeal to all ages. Listen to an audio tour that brings the Titanic's story to life. Enter the Museum through a half-scale model of the exterior of the Titanic. Get your passenger boarding ticket, featuring the name of an actual Titanic passenger or crew member. Follow them throughout the ship, enter the Memorial Room, and discover the fate of your assigned person. Stand in awe of the grand staircase, valued at one million dollars. Touch an authentic iceberg, shovel “coal” in the Titanic’s Boiler Room, and learn how to send an SOS distress signal. Get your whole family involved with this living classroom’s hands-on opportunities to motivate, educate and inspire. Every child receives a boarding pass profiling a youngster who sailed on the Titanic and can listen to a special audio tour just for kids. Don’t miss the onboard scavenger hunt.

Nashville: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

2. Nashville: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

Journey through Nashville's top sights with a hop-on hop-off trolley tour. View sights like the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Blue Bird Café. Head through 'The District,' a downtown area featuring opportunities for world-class shopping, dining and entertainment. Hop aboard the Old Town Trolley to view popular attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Parthenon, and the Bicentennial Capitol Mall. More than just a sightseeing tour, it's a fun and educational adventure as your trolley conductor provides an entertaining narration that includes little known facts and behind-the-scenes tips. Avoid city traffic and costly parking with an option that leaves you free to concentrate on taking in the sights. When you're finished, just hop aboard the next Old Town Trolley to continue discovering all that Nashville has to offer. A combination of transportation and entertainment, the Old Town Trolley is the best way to see the city. Offering 13 convenient stops: 1) Lower Broadway 2) 116 5th Ave N: Ryman Auditorium 3) 222 Rep. John Lewis Way S: Country Music Hall of Fame 4) 301 6th Ave N, War Memorial/TPAC5) 401 Gay St: Musicians Hall of Fame 6) 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd: Farmers’ Market 7) Capitol View 8) 1305 Clinton St STE 100: Marathon Village9) 2500 West End Ave, Centennial Park 10) Midtown11) 1901 15th Ave S: Belmont Mansion12) The Gulch 13) 1001 Broadway: Union Station

Chattanooga: Derailed Trolley Tour and Train Ride

3. Chattanooga: Derailed Trolley Tour and Train Ride

Embark on a journey through Chattanooga's extensive transportation past on this derailed trolley tour and train ride. Learn about the earliest days of horse-drawn carriages, the renowned train era in Chattanooga, the present era of the automobile, and the development of the electric vehicle. Uncover bits of local history during your Derailed tour at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. You'll encounter different means of transportation through history, such as the mountain incline railway vehicle from around 1948. This excursion includes a ride on the "Missionary ridge local" operated by the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

Franklin: 1.5-Hour Haunted City Tour

4. Franklin: 1.5-Hour Haunted City Tour

Explore the ghosts and haunts that linger on the brick-lined streets and historic dwellings in charming Franklin, Tennessee. Visit 4-5 locations on a leisurely 1.5-hour walk through the city on this family-friendly Haunted Franklin tour. Departed socialites, a Civil War spy, failed businessmen, Confederate soldiers, and at least one dog roam downtown. One is helpful, several appear lonely, and one seems to be afraid of the dark. Find out all about their spooky and mysterious stories with the help of your passionate local guide. Bring your camera: you never know what you may capture. Your guide will also show you photos other visitors have taken on the tour.

Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Show Ticket

5. Nashville: Grand Ole Opry Show Ticket

Complete your visit to the Music City with a visit to Country Music's most famous stage, the Grand Ole Opry House. This iconic live performance and radio broadcast brings rising stars, superstars, and country legends together on stage every week, along with great bluegrass, family-friendly comedy, and more. Opry shows are never rehearsed, and never the same show twice. Experience all different shades of Country, Western, and Americana music in one night as you go on a musical journey. This is a can’t-miss experience for fans of all ages. Select your seating area at the time of purchase and enjoy an unforgettable evening at the Grand Ole Opry.

Nashville: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

6. Nashville: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Explore the riveting history of one of the most significant developments in 20th-century American music at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. After entering through the ornate Hall of Fame rotunda, styled after musical notations and the black keys of a piano, head into the museum’s core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music. Immerse yourself in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions, and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. Explore an array of photographs, artifacts, text panels, recordings, and archival footage as you move through the museum’s collection. Don’t miss limited-engagement exhibitions, chronicling the thrilling period of country music in the 1970’s, or technologically-enhanced exhibitions focusing on contemporary trends in the genre. Stop by the Taylor Swift Education center to take part in instrument and songwriting programs on the weekends, or catch a panel discussion. The walkthrough of the museum concludes in the esteemed Hall of Fame Rotunda to view the artists' plaques who have earned Country Music's highest honor. Upgrade to the Hatch Experience to go behind the scenes at Hatch Show Print. Learn all about the history of this iconic letterpress poster shop. Listen to the presses run, and see 150 years worth of brilliantly colored posters printed for your favorite entertainers. Handle the tools of the trade to print your own keepsake poster!

Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud: Christmas Show Ticket

7. Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud: Christmas Show Ticket

Get into the holiday spirit at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Christmas Show in Pigeon Forge. ‘Jack’ up your holiday spirit at the woodsy, backyard, decked-out halls and sing along to original tunes of the season inspired by the folklore of the forest. Enjoy holiday twists on over a dozen sporting competitions including speed climbing, sawing, log rolling, and more. Sip on some hot chocolate, unwrap your inner flannel, and cheer the Dawsons and McGraws on to see which family will spend Christmas at Santa’s favorite logging camp in the Smokies.

Memphis: City Discovery Bus Tour

8. Memphis: City Discovery Bus Tour

Get the complete Memphis experience on this bus tour with an introduction to everything that makes Memphis unique. Discover the renowned Beale Street, the Peabody Hotel, sample food at Central BBQ, and visit Rock 'n' Soul Museum or Edge Motor Museum (if option selected). Among other highlights, you’ll visit the Lorraine Motel to see the balcony where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent his last moments. If you choose, explore either the exhibitions at the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum or Edge Motor Museum, and Beale Street to discover how it became the "home of the Blues". Pass by some favorite Memphis sights, including the Victorian Village, Orpheum Theater, historic Cotton Row, and Hotel Chisca, where DJ Dewey Philips played Elvis for the first time.   At lunchtime, stop into Central BBQ to sample some of the best barbeque food in Memphis.

Memphis: City Tour with Optional Sun Studios & Riverboat

9. Memphis: City Tour with Optional Sun Studios & Riverboat

Visit the landmarks of Memphis and be fascinated as the city comes to life through stories and explanations. Your guide will help you discover the top spots including Peabody Hotel, the Memphis Pyramid, and Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was murdered. Begin your day with a hotel pickup from downtown Memphis. Be seated in a mini coach-bus to meet your guide. Begin the tour passing by the statues of B.B. King and Elvis Presley and the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Stop at A. Schwab for your local buys, an institution that sells all things Memphis—from regional arts and crafts to dry goods, magic potions, candies, books, magazines, and more. Pass by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Continue to the Memphis Pyramid, which is now a Bass Pro Shops “megastore” that resembles an Egyptian pyramid and is filled with shopping, a hotel, restaurants, a bowling alley, and an archery range. From there, stop at the Peabody Memphis, a landmark 13-story downtown hotel, famous for having Ducks march every day on a red carpet throughout the reception. Finally, visit Beale Street, voted as the most iconic street in America by USA Today. See the nearly 2 miles of blues clubs and restaurants that make it one of the top tourist attractions in Memphis. Then, take a drive through Victorian Village, a historic neighborhood with homes that were built in the 1800s and alongside cotton row. Discover why this fiber is so important in Memphis' history. If you wish, upgrade your tour to include a cruise along the Mississippi River aboard a paddlewheel boat. Listen to interesting anecdotes from your captain about Memphis and its history. You may also add a tour to Sun Studios, the birthplace of Rock N' Roll, where Elvis recorded his first song.

Nashville: Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Grounds Pass

10. Nashville: Andrew Jackson's Hermitage Grounds Pass

Spend the day exploring the Hermitage, originally the home of past United States President Andrew Jackson. With the grounds pass, explore all the 1,120 acres of one of the top historic sites in Tennessee and one of the largest, most preserved and most visited presidential homes in the U.S. Marvel at the iconic 19th-century home that has been restored to how it originally looked in 1837, making it one of the most accurately preserved presidential residences in the United States. See where Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States, lived with his wife and family. Stop at the Andrew Jackson Center, where a film is shown, as well as where the museum and exhibits are located. Imagine what the president’s daily life was like as you visit the garden, slave quarters, historical markers, wildlife, hiking trail, historic buildings and the graves of Andrew Jackson and his family. Later, stop at Natchez Hills Winery and enjoy a discounted wine tasting at Natchez Hills Winery, find the perfect souvenir at the Museum Store and grab the finest soul food at the cafe onsite.

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A fun, unique way to learn about Memphis! You get to sing and listen to live music! I recommend adding Sun Studio. It was exciting to be in the recording room!

It was awesome!!!! It was fun knowing the different History of Chattanooga

Debbie was great. very informative tour. Great way to start off your trip

The Titanic is a great exhibit with lots of interactive participation.

Informative and the two tour guides were a blast. Worth going.