Tennessee State Travel Guide

North America

Tennessee is located in the deep south of the United States, between Kentucky and Virginia (north), Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia (south), Arkansas and Missouri (west), and North Carolina (west). The state is divided into three regions, namely West, Middle and East.

In general, the Volunteer State has a temperate climate, with warm summers and mild winters. The warmest parts of the state are the Gulf Coastal Plain, Central Basin and the Sequatchie Valley. Winter temperatures hover around 5 degrees Celsius, while summers can get quite warm, with temperatures around 30°C. It rains the most in winter and early spring; early autumn has the driest weather. Keep in mind that it can sometimes be stormy here. Every year about 120 cm comes down from the sky. There isn’t much snow, averaging about 6 inches (15 cm), most of which falls in the eastern part of the state. The months May through September are best for traveling to Tennessee. Please note that the US summer holidays are in June and July,

Flora and fauna

Tennessee slopes down from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the east to the flatter landscape of the west, where the Mississippi is located. Due to this variation in decor, a rich variety of flora and fauna can be found. Common trees are tulip poplars and pines. The eastern part of the state is characterized by many chestnuts, black and red oaks, while in the highlands you can find many oaks, hickory, ash and pine. The west is dotted with maples, black walnuts and aspens. The mountains of East Tennessee are also set ablaze by rhododendrons, mountain laurel and wild azaleas. Common mammals include raccoons, white-tailed deer, black bears, lynxes, muskrats, marmots, oppossums, red and gray foxes, and the occasional wild boar. In the air fly quail, grouse, weeping doves and ducks and more than 50 species of reptiles, including three species of rattlesnakes, roam the ground. The state’s rivers and lakes contain bream, catfish, perch, sunfish, pike, and trout, among others.

Main cities

The state capital of Tennessee is Nashville. Other larger cities such as Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Jackson are also often mentioned.


Memphis is the largest city in the US state of Tennessee, in the southeast of the country. Memphis is best known for its role in pop music history and is considered by many to be the birthplace of the blues. Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley, is also located in the city. Another important memorial is the Lorraine Motel, the location where Martin Luther King was assassinated. The motel is now a museum. The city and the surrounding area are best explored by car. In Memphis you can rent a car both in the city and from the airport.

Mud Island is a small peninsula in the Mississippi River and is the most beloved landscaping in Memphis. The park is also home to the Mississippi River Museum, which features a replica packet boat, among other things. An hour and a half drive east of Memphis is the city of Jackson. This city is located right between Memphis and Nashville, a route traveled by many music lovers. Jackson is no exception in that regard. The city has played a major role in the development of the rock-a-billy music style. Jackson even has his own rock-a-billy ‘Hall of Fame’.

Memphis International Airport

The city of Memphis is located in the US state of Tennessee. The city is all about music. Blues and rock ‘n roll to be exact. Rent a car to get to know this music city better. Take a drive to Beale Street to see where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and WC Handy used to perform. The street comes alive especially at night. You can enjoy good food here and a cozy café for a drink and some good music. This is what the city of Memphis is all about. This is where the artists were discovered.

The city also has a number of annual festivals. Memphis in May is an important one. This is a month full of barbecues and non-stop live music for you to enjoy. If you are there during this month it is recommended to try the slow cooked pork as this is their speciality. The WC Handy Awards are presented to the artists at the end of the month. Elvis’ estate, Graceland, can also be admired in the city. You can then take a tour of his house and see how the singer used to live. You will also pass his cemetery in his garden.


Tennessee has a National Park within its borders: Great Smoky Mountains National Park lies on the border with North Carolina and offers a great diversity of plant and animal life in addition to misty mountain ridges.

scenic drive

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a route that leads from New Orleans to Nashville, Tennessee, offering some of the best views in the state along the way. Workers and merchants returned along this road after they had reached the South via the Ohio and Mississippi. Along the way, the sides are dotted with stately estates, historic monuments and other dreamy southern vistas.


The bustling city that is all about country & western, and therefore offers an extremely entertaining nightlife. Highlights include the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, live country mecca Opryland, and the old Ryman Auditorium, the concert hall from which music poured en masse across the country.


Music is also high on the list in Memphis, although rock ‘n’ roll and soul reign supreme here. Graceland (PHOTO ABOVE), for example, Elvis Presley’s stately mansion, or the Sun Studio, where the greats like Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis recorded their first records. Soul legends like Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes were associated with the record label now honored at the Stax Museum of American Soul. Those who prefer to see their music live should head to Beale Street, one of the Deep South’s most fun and busiest nightlife areas. Don’t forget to eat at one of the famous barbecue restaurants in the city! Not a music lover? The National Civil Rights Museum, at the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King was shot.