The name of the state of Tennessee comes from an Indian
settlement on the Little Tennessee River, which is called
“Tanasi” in the native language. The state extends over an area
of almost 110,000 square kilometers and has approximately 6.4
million inhabitants. The largest cities are Memphis and
Nashville, each with more than one million residents. Nashville
is also the state capital and the seat of Davidson County.
Tennessee also has a nickname: "Volunteer State", which is
supposed to recall that citizens volunteered to defeat the
British at the Battle of New Orleans in the British American War
between 1812 and 1815.
Tennessee was first explored by Europeans almost 500 years
ago during the expedition of Spaniard Hernando de Soto, with
indigenous peoples being severely decimated by epidemics and
Between 1756 and 1763, both French and English claimed the
area. The war broke out and the French had to give way to the
English. The attempt to found an independent state initially
failed. From 1790, the founding of the state was organized by
Congress, and in 1796 Tennessee finally joined the Union.
Tennessee has a lot to see, especially related to the history
of music in Memphis and Nashville and the famous Tennessee
First of all there is Memphis, the capital of rock 'n' roll
and home of the blues. Walk around Beale Street, where you can
hear the blues in many bars. Memphis is best known for Elvis
Presley, who started his musical career here. His Graceland
estate, which is located a few kilometers outside the city, is
still a hugely popular attraction for fans, as is the Sun
Studio, where the first recordings were made. At the Stax Museum
of American Soul Music you can learn everything about Memphis
There is also a world-class historic site in the city: the
Lorraine Motel. Civil rights activist Martin Luther King was
murdered here in 1968. The motel was converted into the National
Civil Rights Museum by the American civil rights movement.
In Lynchburg you will find the famous Jack Daniel Distillery,
which can be explored on free tours.
The east of the state is shaped by the most visited national
park in the USA: Great Smoky Mountains. The resorts of
Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Townsend and Pigeon Forge are located
on its edge, where you can also find Dolly Parton's theme park
Chattanooga and Knoxville are well-kept and culturally
attractive cities in the east of the state. In Chattanooga, a
trip to the local mountain Lookout Mountain and a visit to the
Tennessee Aquarium, the world's largest freshwater aquarium, are
Knoxville is famous for the major sporting events at the
University of Tennessee and nightlife in Market Square. In
Brownsville near Jackson, on the route between Nashville and
Memphis, you will find the new museum for Tina Turner at Exit 56
on Interstate 40, which grew up in the area. In Bristol, a small
town in the extreme northeast of the state on the border with
Virgina, the birthplace of country music museum, which is also
new, opens up the origins of country music.
Tennessee is the cradle of rock 'n' roll and is considered
the center of blues and country music. The primeval forests of
the Smoky Mountains are particularly impressive.
Tennessee is located in the southeastern United States and
belongs to the so-called southern states. The state is known
above all as the center of blues, rock 'n' roll and country
music, but also as the country of origin of famous whiskeys. In
addition, the so-called Volunteer State, which is slightly
larger than Austria, impresses with its beautiful mountain
Arrival and best travel time
The climate in Tennessee is subtropical with pleasant
temperatures all year round. However, it can get very hot in the
summer months and very cold in the mountains in winter. The best
time to travel is therefore spring.
The easiest way to get to Volunteer State is via the two
international airports of Memphis and Nashville, although there
are unfortunately no direct connections from Germany. On
arrival, note that Tennessee is in two time zones: the eastern
part differs from Central Europe by six, the western part with
the cities of Nashville and Memphis by seven hours.
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