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RiverRush at Dollywood’s Splash Country

RiverRush, Tennessee’s first water coaster, opens in May at Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark. It comes a year after Dollywood itself premiered Wild Eagle, the first wing-design roller coaster in the U.S.

RiverRush adds water to the climbs, drops, twists and turns of traditional terrestrial coasters. Four-person toboggan-style boats climb 237 feet up a conveyor as the 1,175-foot-long ride begins.

It’s four stories tall, with hairpin turns and dark tunnels that create an unexpected waterpark experience...read more about RiverRush and Dollywood »

The Giant Balloon
Decidedly gentler is Wonders of Flight at the WonderWorks attraction.

Wonders of Flight is a blue and green French-built helium balloon 72 feet in diameter. It’s big enough to lift a gondola carrying you and 29 others 400 feet up.

There’s no chance you’ll fly away, because a steel cable tethers you to earth. It’s as quiet as an elevator except for passengers’ “ooohs” and “aaahs” as they inspect the 360-degree view. In one direction are the Smokies, and far, far on another horizon are the Cumberland Mountains and the famed Cumberland Gap, where Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia link up...read more »

Chattanooga Aquarium
The Chattanooga Aquarium opened May 1, 1992 as the world’s largest freshwater aquarium but that was just the beginning. In May 2005, the city of Chattanooga unveiled its completed $120 million dollar Waterfront Project. Since then it has just continued to be an imspiration to other Chattanooga attractions...read more »

Discovery Park In Union City, Tennessee
You can experience an earthquake such as the ones that rocked this area of Northwest Tennessee in 1811 and 1812 changing the terrain and creating a brand new waterway, Reelfoot Lake. The Earthquake Simulator is only one of the reasons you will want to visit Discovery Park...read more »

Sevierville Tennessee
Other than the city and county’s legendary founder, the biggest name by far throughout the region is that of country music icon, entrepreneur and philanthropist Dolly Parton. One of twelve siblings born and raised in nearby Locust Ridge, Parton began her meteoric music career on a radio station in Sevierville before she was ten years old. She never forgot her mountain roots and to this day remains a major force for good throughout the county and beyond.

Her business enterprises – Dollywood/Dollywood’s Splash Country and the Dixie Stampede – are high profile centerpieces for the region, attracting some 5 million guests between them annually and are major employers as well as huge tourist draws. Her Dollywood Foundation benefits a host of area charities, and her Imagination Library, which began providing books to every child in Sevier County in 1996, has expanded to many U.S. states as well as parts of the U.K. and Canada. Dolly Parton Parkway is a major artery in Sevierville and her statue adorns the lawn of the county court house.

Dollywood itself, which opened in 1986, is a family-oriented theme park where it’s easy to spend an entire day without becoming bored. Interestingly, although named for Parton, Dollywood is not an homage to the singer and her illustrious career. In fact, there’s little evidence that other than lending her name to the enterprise, Dolly has any ego tied up in it at all! As the locals put it, “It’s Dollywood…not Graceland.” For patrons who bring their dogs on vacation, however, there’s a “Doggywood” on site where the pooches can be parked until their owners have had their fill of the fun...read more »

Warrior's Path State Park is located on shores of Patrick Henry Reservoir on River Holston. This 980-acre Park was acquired form Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in 1952 and was given to public to enjoy themselves in its grassy fields. Largest red cedar (not original cedars, but a close cousin, juniper) forest in USA is at Cedars of Lebanon, in Wilson County at city Lebanon. It got its name because dense forest of cedars is written in Bible.

The total area of Park is 8887-acres, out of which 831-acres are used for recreations and remaining is a State Park. Much type of wildflowers and native plants and animals can be found here. Some ancient workman-ship is exhibited here. Standing Stone State Park took its name from an 8 foot tall rock standing on a sandstone ridge that used to serve as a boundary line between old Indian Nations. The stone is still there in Monterey.

This unusual Park also has many spring wildflowers, fossils, spectacular sceneries and other natural things of different variety. Highest terrain of western Tennessee is at Chickasaw State Rustic Park that is sprawled in 13104 acres. With scenic miles of Natchez Trace state Park, you can watch breathtaking views of its woodlands that offer all usual and some extra ordinary facilities...read more »

Pigeon Forge began with Love. Literally. Isaac Love opened the first business there on the banks of the Little Pigeon River in 1820. Since Isaac was a blacksmith and the business was a forge, the town combined the name of the river with the forge to get Pigeon Forge. Then in 1830, his son, William, built a mill. Mountain folk around Pigeon Forge considered the mill a hub. Taking care of the chore of grinding their corn became a special treat. Farm families would converge on the mill with their grain to be ground by its massive water powered stones. While waiting their turn, the men could converse about drought, pests and what was happening in their lives. Women could gossip about clothes, the kids and what was happening in their lives. Kids could frolic, play and talk about what their parents expected them to do and what was happening in their lives. It helped provide food for the table and a recreational place for the entire family. The mill was one of the favorite places in Sevier County then. It still is today...read more »

If you're in Tennessee and you're looking for a good time, who do you go see? Dolly, naturally. The biggest, best street party in the state can be found at Dollywood. Some things just get better with age and Dollywood is one. This year it is celebrating its 25th anniversary with no signs of slowing down. It is now the number one ticketed attraction in Tennessee, the largest employer in Sevier County and annually hosts nearly 2.5 million visitors...read more »

The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tennessee
There are a lot of unknown facts about Sequoyah. The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum in Vonore, Tennessee is trying to piece the puzzle together accurately. It is owned and operated by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians...read more »

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