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Attractions in Tennessee

Whether you're spending a single day or several days in Tennessee, make sure to visit some of the region’s top attractions and historic sites. Tennessee is home to several ranches, plantations, caverns, historic districts, and museums that tell the story of the Civil War and Tennessee’s rich history. You can also visit entertainment districts and explore national parks to make the most of your adventure.

Popular Attractions in Tennessee

Entrance to Loretta Lynn Ranch in Georgia

Loretta Lynn Ranch

A real treat for any country music fan, Lorett Lynn's Ranch is a premier destination in Hurricane Mills.

As you embark on a tour of western Tennessee, set your sights for Loretta Lynn's Ranch, where you'll find paddle boats, fishing, a pool, a frontier homestead, and plenty more nostalgia. Many people enjoy a visit as an afternoon activity, while others rent out space at Loretta Lynn's Ranch for events, weddings, and even banquets.

Be sure to check out the massive Coal Miner's Daughter Museum. At 18,000 square feet, the Coal Miner's Daughter is just one of the many top attractions on Loretta Lynn's Ranch.

Choose a guided tour and visit the Butcher Holler Home Place and the simulated coal mine. Winter tours begin on in early November. 

Mrs. Pott’s Playhouse

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy tea time and a walk around the gardens at Mrs. Pott’s Playhouse. It’s located in the western Nashville region in Dickson and feature a decorated tearoom and gardens for princes and princesses. You can take a walk through the magical tearoom with a castle and discover fairies hidden all around the room. It’s open from Tuesday trough Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parthenon

Standing in Centennial Park since 1897, the Parthenon is Nashville’s own replica of the Greek temple honoring the goddess Athena.

The Parthenon replica was originally built as part of Nashville’s Centennial Exposition. It stands today with its own replica of Athena inside as well as replicas of sculptures that were found in the Athenian Parthenon. The building also houses the Nashville art museum with a collection of 63 paintings.

Visitors to Nashville will enjoy the urban setting of Centennial Park and the views offered of the Parthenon upon the grassy hill on which it sits. The shade of the trees that surround the Parthenon is the perfect place to have a picnic or take a walk after touring the inside of the Parthenon.

Sunsphere

No trip to Knoxville is complete without seeing the Sunsphere. This landmark was built for the 1982 World’s Fair and has its own iconic observation tower. The tower stands at more than 266 feet tall and is open from 6 a.m. to midnight every day. You can head up to the observation deck on the fourth level and eat dinner at the Icon Ultra Lounge on the fifth level. After taking a tour of the tower, you can visit other World’s Fair Park attractions, including the Tennessee Amphitheater, the Court of Flags Fountains, and the Sergei Rachmaninoff Walk. The Festival Lawn is a popular place to just soak up some sunshine and do some people watching during your visit.

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

Make your way to Knoxville and check out one of the area's premier sports-related attractions – the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. You can find this impressive destination near downtown Knoxville, only minutes from the University of Tennessee campus, along the James White Parkway and Hall of Fame Drive.

Opened in 1999, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame honors both men and women who've in major ways contributed to the sport of women's basketball. Former University of Tennessee Lady Vols head coach Pat Summit was part of the inaugural class inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.