Fun in the Volunteer State

Tennessee presents a wealth of tourist options, but Memphis and Nashville, the state’s two largest cities, offer culture, music and history.

The largest showboat in the world, the historic 300-foot-long General Jackson cruises along the Cumberland River. Heavenly Perspectives via Nashville CVB
Concert-goers enjoy an act at the 2006 CMA Music Festival June 8, in Nashville, Tenn. Rusty Russell / Getty Images
During the annual 'Fan Fair' in Nashville, Jim Hager of the TV show 'Hee-Haw' gives a fan a kiss. Thousands are drawn to the annual face-to-face meeting of musicians and their admirers. Karen Kasmauski / Corbis
Buffer Mitch Trentel finishes a guitar at the Gibson custom shop in Nashville. Gibson guitars are touted as the best in the world. Bob Sacha / Corbis
Musician Tim Hadler stands holding his guitar outside Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, a country music bar in Nashville, Tenn. Catherine Karnow / Corbis
State Capitol & War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. At the memorial, a statue of a lone warrior stands high above the plaza steps. Close by, is a black marble memorial wall with the names of Vietnam veterans from Tennessee. Walter Bibikow / Corbis
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum illustrates country music's story through a treasure trove of historic video clips, recorded music, exhibits, live performances, public programs, live satellite radio broadcasts, on-site dining and more. Timothy Hursley / Nashville CVB
Gaylord Opryland Resort Atrium is noted as America's largest non-casino resort. Spread across nine acres, this wonderland includes a natural indoor atrium with rivers, walking paths, lush landscaping, and waterfalls year-round. Barry M. Winiker / Nashville CVB
One of America's most famous musical streets, Beale Street is located in the heart of downtown Memphis and is 3 blocks of more than 30 nightclubs, restaurants and retail shops. Memphis CVB
Set in the city's historic Overton Park, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is the region's oldest and largest museum. Its collection of paintings, prints and sculptures spans the 13th through 20th centuries and represents cultures from virtually every continent. Memphis CVB
Located at the Lorraine Motel, site of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the National Civil Rights Museum presents interactive audiovisual displays, life-sized replicas and actual artifacts to present an emotionally charged history of the American civil rights movement. Memphis CVB
Taken at Sun Studio, this famous photo features some of the greatest performers in Rock'n'Roll history: Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Memphis CVB
More famous musicians' photos at Sun Studio. Memphis CVB
The Memphis Motorsports Park Hosts the NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Truck Series and the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series. Memphis CVB
Restored antique trolley cars ramble along the Main Street Mall and scenic Riverside Drive, connecting downtown area attractions, hotels, restaurants, and shops. Memphis CVB
The Pyramid Arena, situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, is one of the most uniquely designed structures on earth and hosts assorted entertainment and sporting events. A tribute to the city's Egyptian namesake in Egypt, this 32-story, 22,500-seat, is the third largest pyramid in the world. Memphis CVB
This full-scale replica of the Mississippi River is just one of the many, popular points of interest found at the Mississippi River Park and Museum. The "island" also features an 18-gallery, interactive history museum, amphitheater, gift shops and restaurants. Memphis CVB