RV Travel Fun in Tennessee

RV Travel Fun in Tennessee

Tennessee has an endless supply of historical and interesting attractions on your RV trip across the Volunteer State. Starting in the west, the home of the King of Rock and Roll has been a favorite for decades. Located in Memphis, on the Mississippi River, Graceland was home to Elvis Presley for 20 years beginning in 1957. Tours are offered at the home, where you can see how he lived while making his famous music. It includes his music room, collections and even his grave.

While you are in Memphis, stretch your legs on the legendary Beale Street. Known for being the birthplace of the blues, explore the many stores and restaurants along the stretch of street in the middle of downtown.

A little further northwest is Madison County and that is where you will find the largest group of Middle Woodland mounds in the United States. Pinson Mounds is believed to have been occupied as early as 5000 B.C. by Native Americans. It features 17 mounds, one of which is the second largest in the country at 72 feet.

While you are in Madison County, stop by the Casey Jones Village in Jackson. This attraction, designed to resemble Jackson as it was during Jones’ time at the turn of the century, honors the legendary train conductor who died while saving passengers on this train. You can tour his actual home, see a replica of his train, and eat at the Old Country Store, which features a variety of old timey keepsakes and collectibles.

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The next stop is Nashville, the home of country music and the Grand Ole Opry. It began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 but has turned into a worldwide phenomenon. The Opry showcases country music legends and popular contemporaries.

Another must see is Lookout Mountain just outside of Chattanooga. Lookout Mountain is a favorite attraction, not just in Tennessee, but all the southeast. If you need to stretch your legs after your drive, take a hike to the top of the mountain and you will be rewarded. From the top, you can see seven states and have a spectacular view of the Chattanooga Valley. Once you’ve had your fill, head back down, not the side of the mountain, but into the mountain itself. There you will find Ruby Falls. Located 1,120 feet below the surface, Ruby Falls is the largest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public. You can also take a trip through Rock City, and try some delicious rock candy.

Next, take your RV further east into the heart of the Smoky Mountains and into the Gatlinburg area. Dolly Parton’s famous theme park, Dollywood is there. In Gatlinburg there is no end of things to do and see. Depending on the time of year, you can go whitewater rafting, skiing, hiking, or see some of the many attractions. Some of these include Ripley’s Belive it or Not museum and aquarium.

These are only a few of the attractions you can see while taking your RV tour of Tennessee. From flat farmland in the west to the awe-inspiring mountains in the east, you will not regret your drive through the Volunteer State.

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