Fun fact: A night camping under the Tennessee stars is within a day's drive of more than half the American population. Eight states – Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri – border the state, making Tennessee feel like one of the most accessible destinations in the U.S.
We know it’s the birthplace of country and blues – and the big cities that showcase the state’s music scene don’t disappoint. Quieter, though, are the state’s wide range of outdoor pleasures found outside of Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis. The Appalachian Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains wind their way through the eastern part of the state, while the western half houses the Mississippi River. Between state lines, Tennessee boasts 56 state parks – many a short drive from prominent cities – filled with gorgeous hikes, mountain vistas and rushing waterfalls.