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Cades Cove
It would almost be a shame to venture into Great Smoky Mountains National Park without taking a few hours to explore one of its most popular sites-Cades Cove, TN. Functioning as a self-sufficient mountain community prior to the establishment of the park in the 1930s, Cades Cove now serves as a living tribute to the hardy pioneer spirit that helped forge the character of the region.

Located approximately 25 miles west of Gatlinburg, TN, Cades Cove (originally called "Kate's Cove" in honor of the wife of Cherokee Chief Abrams) is such a popular destination because it embodies all the best that Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer in terms of both beauty and historical value.

Indeed, a journey around the cove's 11-mile, one-way loop road is like an expedition back in time, to a period when the area's early settlers survived only by their wits and by the resources at hand. Today, Cades Cove serves as home to many of the dwellings and other structures that stood during the community's heyday, from the late 1800s to the early 1900s...read more about Cades Cove »

The Volunteer State is a great destination choice for your next family vacation and one of the best places to visit is Memphis. This river town offers everything from world famous music to delicious deep Southern cuisine sure to please even your pickiest eater. There are several can't miss attractions that the entire group will enjoy.

If you have kids, you'll want to devote at least a day to the famous Memphis Zoo. This attraction boasts a larger than life arched entrance reminiscent of ancient Egypt. Your family will love the multiple different theme enclosures, including the rare Chinese Pandas! ...read more about Memphis Tennessee »

Tennessee acquired its name from the word “Tanasi”, a word in the Cherokee language and the name of a village on the river of Little Tennessee. The river is rumored to be named after the village and the region was named Tennessee after the river.

2) The eastern part of Tennessee is a rugged terrain that is green and dense with forest and bush. This area was settled mainly by pioneering and independent yeoman farmers. It was an isolated territory until the early 20th century. The west at that time flourished with cotton farming and was linked to the rest of the country through the Mississippi River. The central region also had good connections and thus developed a thriving economy.

3) Tennessee is divided into three grand divisions where each has its own regional center:

East Tennessee - Chattanooga and Knoxville
Middle Tennessee – the capital, Nashville – largest metropolis
West Tennessee – Memphis – biggest city on the basis of population...read more »

Nashville is one of my favorite cities in the U.S. as there is so much to do and see there and the people are so friendly. I visited Nashville in 2008 and I walked the streets and explored the State Capitol and admired the history and architecture of downtown....read more »

Situated in scenic Sevier County, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a tourist attraction that manages to maintain its small town beauty. The town is home to only a few thousand people but see hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. However, most don't realize just how rich the history of Gatlinburg really is....read more »


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