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Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Since its opening in 2001, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in its art deco digs has hosted a continuous and inspiring collection of exhibitions from the area and the world. Catch the live music on “Frist Fridays” if you can, which happen the...
1711 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
A host will show you to your seat behind the thick velvet curtain at this gorgeous bar with expertly crafted cocktails. You’ll smell the house-made bitters and hear the clink of several kinds of ice created to best suit the cocktails as a wall of...
East End, Nashville, TN 37206, USA
Commercial clusters, or hives, are a growing trend in historic East Nashville, as they can provide a variety of storefronts nestled within an infill lot. In this half-block of Five Points, the shopping includes antiques, a book shop, fresh...
1000 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206, USA
One of East Nashville’s first locally-sourced restaurants, Marche has long been a superb neighborhood spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Featuring French Country inspired cuisine, the menu also features smartly curated beer and wine lists and...
453 Allied Dr, Nashville, TN 37211, USA
URP has been turning out the vinyl since 1949. Fascinating tours offered on Fridays reveal the mysterious process of manufacturing records, and include a frozen-in-the-1960s suite built for Motown clients in the days prior to desegregation. Check...
1000 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208, USA
You can step inside a pioneer cabin or 18th-century print shop at this museum, which also features items of Andrew Jackson, Daniel Boone, David Crockett, and others. Located in downtown Nashville and free to visit, the museum also holds excellent...
224 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
Inside a downtown complex that houses the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the shiny 23-story Omni Hotel, Nashville's famous letterpress company, Hatch Show Print, has found a new home. Established in 1879, Hatch Show Print...
Radnor Lake, Oak Hill, TN 37027, USA
Once on a trip to this wooded park by tranquil Radnor Lake, I spotted an owl, three wild turkeys, two deer and musician Peter Frampton, who had just moved back to town. Only in Nashville. This popular park is located in Davidson Country just south...
50 Vaughn Rd, Nashville, TN 37221, USA
Edwin and Percy Warner Parks -- collectively known as the Warner Parks -- include more than 2,600 acres as the largest municipally administered parks in Tennessee. Located just nine miles from downtown Nashville, the parks include a Nature Center,...
Cades Cove, Tennessee 37882, USA
The Smoky Mountains stands as the most visited national park in the U.S. with the Grand Canyon following close behind. With so many outdoor activities like tubing, kayaking, camping, hiking, backpacking, sightseeing, and biking, it's difficult to...
A new adventure. An 1800 mile trip from Phoenix to Knoxville, the Smokies were calling us. Living and breathing for camping, hiking, and exploring, we finally made it to the gateway of the Smoky Mountains. A little drive through the backroads...
3725 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920, USA
Sweet P’s Barbecue & Soul House, named after the owner’s daughter, is located on the shore of the Little River. Inside, Sweet P’s resembles the typical southern barbecue joint. There are innumerable pieces of memorabilia attached to the walls, the...
101 S Central St, Knoxville, TN 37902, USA
One of the greatest ways to spend your Friday or Saturday evening is to go where the locals go. Boyd's Jig and Reel, where the Irish meet the Scottish in this lively, vivacious musical pub. Live music every weekend, from traditional Irish and...
Newfound Gap, Tennessee 37738, USA
Driving through the Great Smoky Mountains between North Carolina and Tennessee is a tease for the outdoors-lover who enjoys experiencing the land by foot. Lucky for you, the Appalachian Trail intersects US Hwy 441/71 at Newfound Gap where you can...
1471 W Millers Cove Rd, Walland, TN 37886, USA
Don’t fret if your cell phone doesn’t work here; just surrender to your surroundings at Blackberry Farm—4,200 secluded acres of hillocks and ponds, gardens and lawns at the foot of the Tennessee Smoky Mountains. This...
Laurel Falls, Tennessee 37862, USA
Laurel Falls is one of the most popular attractions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The easily accessible, paved trail is a 1.3 mile trek up Cove Mountain that culminates in a spectacular view of the 80-foot, multi-level waterfall. At the...
A quintessential Appalachian waterfall, Hen Wallow spans 90 vertical feet and spills silvery currents of water over ink-dark slabs of rock. Mosses cover the nearby cliffs, and salamanders swim in the pool below the falls. (30 salamander species...
Sevierville, TN, USA
When most Americans think of Sevierville, Tenn, the image that comes to mind is of Dolly Parton. Though Parton has done a world of good for the region, there are also attractions for the boys, Lodging options range from Hampton Inn, to Wilderness...
10042 Campground Dr, Townsend, TN 37882, USA
If you turn onto the road to Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, be fore-warned that it is eleven miles one way. This is America's most visited National Park so crawling along here in the summer heat may not be in your travel...
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