Tennessee State Travel Guide


Tennessee was admitted to the Union as the 16th state on June 1, 1796. The Appalachian Mountains dominate the eastern part of the state, and the Mississippi River forms the state’s western border. It is known as the Volunteer State most likely from the response to President Polk’s call for 2,600 nationwide volunteers at the beginning of the Mexican–American War which resulted in 30,000 volunteers from Tennessee alone, largely in response to the death of Davy Crockett and appeals by former Tennessee Governor and then Texas politician, Sam Houston. 


Tennessee is home to approximately 16 units within the National Park Service, and

there are approximately 56 State Parks, 1 National Forests, 7 National Wildlife Refuges, over 2,000 Places listed on the National Register of Historic Places, of which 29 of these are National Historic Landmarks, and 13 National Natural Landmarks.


“O’ Tennessee, that gave us birth, To thee our hearts bow down. For thee our love and loyalty, Shall weave a fadeless crown. Thy purple hills our cradle was: Thy fields our mother breast, Beneath thy sunny bended skies, Our childhood days were blessed.” Nell Grayson Taylor and Roy Lamont Smith.

Our Tennessee State Travel Guide Directory below is new and in the process of being built. If you run a business or organization in Tennessee, and would like to be part of this growing directory, please contact us. We will be visiting Tennessee soon so check back and watch our Directory grow: Parks & Public Lands, Articles & InterviewsPark Gateway CommunitiesTravel Info & ServicesWhere to StayFood & DrinkSee & Do, and Shopping.


Attractions and activities near to National Parks and public lands.


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