NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Tennessee turns 227 years old Thursday!
To celebrate Statehood Day, FOX 17 News has compiled a list of 227 can’t-miss attractions in the Volunteer State. From Memphis to Knoxville and football to fried chicken, this list has something for everybody.
1. Bicentennial Capitol Mall
2. Big Cypress Tree
3. Big Hill Pond
4. Big Ridge
5. Bledsoe Creek
6. Booker T. Washington
7. Burgess Falls
8. Cedars of Lebanon
10. Cordell Hull Birthplace
11. Cove Lake
12. Cumberland Mountain
13. Cumberland Trail
14. Cummins Falls
15. David Crockett
16. David Crockett Birthplace
17. Dunbar Cave
18. Edgar Evins
19. Fall Creek Falls
20. Fort Loudoun
21. Fort Pillow
22. Frozen Head
23. Harpeth River
24. Harrison Bay
25. Henry Horton
27. Indian Mountain
29. Long Hunter
30. Meeman-Shelby Forest
31. Montgomery Bell
32. Mousetail Landing
33. Natchez Trace
34. Nathan Bedford Forrest
35. Norris Dam
36. Old Stone Fort
37. Panther Creek
38. Paris Landing
40. Pickwick Landing
41. Pinson Mounds
42. Port Royal
43. Radnor Lake
44. Red Clay
45. Reelfoot Lake
46. Roan Mountain
47. Rock Island
48. Rocky Fork
49. Seven Islands
50. Sgt. Alvin C. York
51. South Cumberland
52. Standing Stone
53. Sycamore Shoals
54. T.O. Fuller
55. Tims Ford
56. Warriors' Path
227 years of Tennessee means the Volunteer State has some great places for any history buff to check out. Here are some of our top picks!
57. Oak Ridge, Tennessee (Home of the Manhattan Project)
58. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Nashville, Tenn.
59. The Crystal Shrine Grotto: Memphis, Tenn.
60. Lost Cove Settlement: Erwin, Tenn.
61. The Hermitage: Nashville, Tenn.
62. National Civil Rights Museum: Memphis, Tenn.
63. William M. Bass Forensic Anthropology Center: Knoxville, Tenn.
64. Hatch Show Print: Nashville, Tenn.
65. Titanic Museum: Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
66. Elkmont Historic District: Gatlinburg, Tenn.
67. Rugby Colony: Rugby, Tenn.
68. Sun Studio: Memphis, Tenn.
69. Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
70. Jack Daniel’s Distillery: Lynchburg, Tennessee
71. Graceland: Memphis, Tennessee
72. Old Tennessee State Prison: Nashville, Tenn.
73. United Record Pressing: Nashville, Tenn.
74. Timothy Demonbreun’s Cave: Nashville, Tenn.
75. Chattanooga Choo Choo- Chattanooga, Tenn.
76. The Sunsphere: Knoxville, Tenn.
77. Tent Graves of Mt. Gilead Cemetery: Sparta, Tenn.
78. Native American Earth Mounds at Pinson Mounds: Pinson, Tenn.
79. Patsy Cline Crash Site Memorial: Camden, Tenn.
80. Dutchman’s Curve: Nashville, Tenn.
81. President James K. Polk’s Tomb: Nashville, Tenn.
82. Tina Turner Museum: Brownsville, Tenn.
83. E.T. Wickham Sculpture Trail: Palmyra, Tenn.
84. Trenton Teapot Museum: Trenton, Tenn.
85. The Little Tunnel: Westmoreland, Tenn.
86. Meriwether Lewis Monument: Hohenwald, Tenn.
87. Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art: Memphis, Tenn.
88. Sequoyah Birthplace Museum: Vonore, Tenn.
89. Casey Jones Village: Jackson, Tenn.
90. Site of the Looby House Bombing: Nashville, Tenn.
91. Old Stone Fort: Manchester, Tenn.
92. Rhea County Courthouse (Site of the Scopes Trial): Dayton, Tenn.
93. National Bird Dog Museum: Grand Junction, Tenn.
Do you prefer Nashville hot chicken or Memphis barbecue? A big-city bar or a local diner? Whatever your answer, you can find what you like somewhere in the state. Here are some of the restaurants commonly named as Tennessee’s best.
94. Alleia Restaurant (Italian Cuisine): Chattanooga, Tenn,
95. Bastion (Bar and Restaurant): Nashville, Tenn.
96. Biscuit Love (Breakfast): Nashville, Tenn.
97. City House (Italian): Nashville, Tenn.
98. Hog and Hominy (Italian): Memphis, Tenn.
99. J.C. Holdway (American Cuisine): Knoxville, Tenn.
100. Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack: Nashville, Tenn.
101. Iris (French Cuisine): Memphis, Tenn.
102. The Stock and Barrel (Burgers): Knoxville, Tenn.
103. The Wild Plum Tea Room: Gatlinburg, Tenn.
104. Henrietta Red (American): Nashville, Tenn.
105. Bell Buckle Cafe (American): Bell Buckle, Tenn.
106. Bristol Bagel and Bakery (Breakfast): Bristol, Tenn.
107. Emilia (Italian): Knoxville, Tenn.
108. Warden’s Table (Barbecue): Petros, Tenn.
109. Whitebird (American): Chattanooga, Tenn.
110. Wellington’s (Breakfast): Johnson City, Tenn
111. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken: Memphis, Tenn.
Whether you like football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, or something else (roller derby, anyone?), there’s something for you in Tennessee! Here are some of the state’s best in college, pro, and even high school!
112. Tennessee Titans (football)
113. Memphis Grizzlies (basketball)
114. Nashville Predators (hockey)
115. Nashville SC (soccer)
116. Memphis Redbirds (baseball)
117. Nashville Sounds (baseball)
118. Memphis Roller Derby
119. Nashville Roller Derby
120. Tennessee Smokies (baseball)
121. Chattanooga Lookouts (baseball)
122. Memphis 901 FC (soccer)
123. Chattanooga Red Wolves SC (soccer)
124. Vanderbilt Baseball (2x National Champions)
125. Tennessee Football (6x National Champions)
126. Tennessee Women’s Basketball (8x National Champions)
127. Vanderbilt Bowling (3x National Champions)
128. Belmont Basketball (8x Conference Tournament Champions)
129. Memphis Tigers Pom Squad (competitive dance, 14x National Champions)
130. Lipscomb Academy Football (Ranked 11th in USA Today’s 2022 Top 25 Poll)
131. Maryville Football (17x State Champions)
132. Alcoa Football (21x State Champions)
133. McCallie Cross Country (9x State Champions)
134. Baylor Softball (16x State Champions)
Whether you’re picking strawberries, sunflowers, or pumpkins, here are some Tennessee favorites you can only visit at certain times of year.
135. Walden Pumpkin Farm: Smyrna, Tenn.
136. Honeysuckle Hill Farm: Springfield, Tenn.
137. Lucky Ladd Farms: Eagleville, Tenn.
138. Fox Ferry Farm: Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
139. Boyd’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze: Clarksville, Tenn.
140. Keller’s Farm: Dickson County, Tenn.
141. Wilson Family Farm: College Grove, Tenn.
142. Gentry's Farm: Franklin, Tenn.
143. Grandaddy's Farm: Estill Springs, Tenn.
No overview of the Volunteer State would be complete without a look at some of the state’s most beautiful waterfalls- there are over 850 across the state! Here are some of our favorites.
144. Greeter Falls (Also swimming hole): South Cumberland State Park
145. Laurel Falls: Cumberland County
146. Foster Falls (Also swimming hole): Sequatchie, Tenn.
147. Machine Falls: Coffee County
148. Rutledge Falls (Also swimming hole): Coffee County
149. Burgess Falls: Putnam/White counties
150. Cummins Falls (Also swimming hole): Jackson County
151. Virgin Falls: Sparta, Tenn.
152. Emory Gap Falls: Morgan County
153. DeBord Falls: Morgan County
154. Waterfall at Old Stone Fort : Coffee County
155. Park Great Falls: Warren/White counties
156. High Falls, aka "Lover's Leap": Rock City
157. Benton Falls: Polk County
158. Bald River Falls: Tellico Plains area
159. Jackson Falls: Natchez Trace Parkway
160. Ruby Falls: Chattanooga
161. Laurel Falls: Great Smoky Mountains
162. Meigs Falls: Great Smoky Mountains
163. The Sinks: Great Smoky Mountains
164. Place of a Thousand Drips: Great Smoky Mountains
165. Abrams Falls: Great Smoky Mountains
166. Grotto Falls: Great Smoky Mountains
167. Hen Wallow Falls: Great Smoky Mountains
168. Juney Whank Falls: Great Smoky Mountains
169. Indian Creek and Toms Branch Falls: Great Smoky Mountains
170. Mingo Falls: Great Smoky Mountains
171. Mouse Creek Falls: Great Smoky Mountains
172. Rainbow Falls: Great Smoky Mountains
173. Ramsey Cascades: Great Smoky Mountains
174. Lynn Camp Prong Cascades: Great Smoky Mountains
Gliding down one of Tennessee’s many rivers is a popular way for Tennesseans to spend a day. Here are 15 rivers that will make for an unforgettable experience.
175. Harpeth River
176. Caney Fork
177. Cumberland River
178. Barren Fork River
179. Big South Fork
180. Obed River
181. Hiwassee River
182. Nolichucky River
183. Tellico River
184. Little River
185. Buffalo River
186. Collins River
187. Duck River
188. Elk River
189. Stones River
We’re 189 items into this list, and we haven’t even named some of Tennessee’s most iconic spots yet! That’s exactly what this last section is for. From the Parthenon to the Peabody, if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s probably here.
190. The Grand Ole Opry House: Nashville, Tenn.
191. Tennessee Aquarium: Chattanooga, Tenn.
192. Dollywood: Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
193. Memphis Zoo and Aquarium: Memphis, Tenn.
194. Silky O’Sullivan’s: Memphis, Tenn.
195. The Parthenon: Nashville, Tenn.
196. Beale Street, Memphis, Tenn.
197. The Lost Sea Adventure: Sweetwater, Tenn.
198. Bell Witch Cave: Adams, Tenn.
199. Mud Island River Park: Memphis, Tenn.
200. Peabody Hotel: Memphis, Tenn.
201. Spaceship House: Signal Mountain, Tenn.
202. Hermitage Hotel’s Award-Winning Men’s Restroom: Nashville, Tenn.
203. Nickajack Cave: South Pittsburg, Tenn.
204. George Boedecker’s Sculpture Garden: Nashville, Tenn.
205. St. Peter’s Spiritual Temple: Memphis, Tenn.
206. Backyard Terror’s Dinosaur Park: Bluff City, Tenn.
207. Loveless Cafe: Nashville, Tenn.
208. Rock Quarry Cave: Erin, Tennessee
209. Earnestine and Hazels’: Memphis, Tenn.
210. Hidden Heart of Music Row: Nashville, Tenn.
211. Fortress of Faith: Greenback, Tenn.
212. Dragon Park: Nashville, Tenn.
213. Billy Tripp’s Mindfield: Brownsville, Tenn.
214. Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center: Nashville, Tenn.
215. High Point Restaurant: Monteagle, Tenn.
216. Abrams Creek Underwater Bridge: Tallassee, Tenn.
217. Memphis Gong Chamber: Memphis, Tenn.
218. General Jackson Showboat Cruises: Nashville, Tenn.
219. Isaac Hayes’s Cadillac: Memphis, Tenn.
220. Boy Scout Catfish: Nashville, Tenn.
221. Clinton 12 Statue: Clinton, Tennessee
222. Minnie Pearl Chicken Wire Statue: Centerville, Tenn.
223. Asa Jackson’s Perpetual Motion Machine: Clinton, Tenn.
224. Peace Sign Geoglyph: Nashville, Tenn.
225. Eiffel Tower Park: Paris, Tenn.
226. Gatlinburg Space Needle: Gatlinburg, Tenn.
227. University of Tennessee Gardens: Knoxville, Tenn.
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