Things to do in Tennessee

Things to do in Tennessee are abundant. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike the Smoky Mountain’s trails or ski around Gatlinburg in the winter. Water lovers will find plenty of white water paddling in the eastern part of the state, too. Or simply rent a cabin, sit down on a rocking chair, and relax in the fresh mountain air.

Lovers of the arts can delve into country music at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry or head west to Memphis for a trip to Elvis’s Graceland home or a stroll along Beale Street, the birthplace of the blues.

If history is more your thing, the beautiful and inspiring National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis is more than worth a visit, while the Chattanooga area offers some of the best maintained Civil War battlefields in the country. If you don’t want to go exploring and still need to find what to do in Tennessee, then visit the many visitor stations that can be found throughout the state. Or just ask a local what to do and enjoy that famous Southern hospitality.

This Gulch area music venue has features a weekly set by award-winning Western swing band The Time Jumpers.

City-slicker juke joint

A classic Christian Dior men’s suit for $150? 1950’s party dresses in the double digits? Fashion model Karen Elson and co-owner Amy Patterson’s eye for the quirky-fabulous make their vintage clothing store the city’s wardrobe-defining spot.

Forties hair salon-turned-dining room. Food and cocktails are served at refurbished hair dryer stations in this beauty parlor-turned-lounge and restaurant.

The epicenter of country music is going glam: Nashville royalty Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, and LeAnn Riimes were among the first in line at the city's coolest new boutique, H. Audrey.

Grand old-school bar. Though you won't see The Peabody hotel's famed ducks (they stay in the lobby), The Corner Bar offers more than 40 martinis and live music courtesy of blues singer Blind Mississippi Morris.

Oversized martini maker

Miami-style small-plates boite

Rocker Jack White’s Nashville headquarters doubles as a music store in the afternoon. The shop sells vinyl albums, White Stripes posters, and other collector’s items.

The new cocktail lounge, from Toby Maloney and Jason Cott of New York City’s Rusty Knot, pays tribute to the pre-Prohibition era by serving turn-of-the-century-inspired drinks such as the gin-and-rosewater-spiked Juliet + Romeo.