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​Tennessee ​

When it comes to toe-tappin', holidays in Tennessee are off the scale. This is the home of the blues in Memphis, the capital of country in Nashville, and the birthplace of rock' 'n' roll. And it doesn't stop there. A long list of musical legends hail from Tennessee, among them Elvis, Dolly Parton and Aretha Franklin - and the state doesn't look like it'll be giving up its status as Music Central anytime soon.

Music is the rhythm Tennessee moves to, and catching a live set while you're here is a must. From bluegrass in the Smoky Mountains, to blues, jazz and gospel on Memphis' Beale Street, and country music in the honky-tonks of Nashville, there's sweet sounds everywhere. Big-name acts and the stars of tomorrow are all part of the mix, so get yourself a ticket to the Grand Ole Opry, or just follow your ears to to the nearest club.

There's other stellar music themed sights to see, like Elvis' home Graceland and the Country Music Hall of Fame - but holidays in Tennessee offer a lot else besides. So stunning are the Smoky Mountains that they're America's most visited National Park, while there's plenty to keep the kids happy too. The Pink Palace museums in Memphis, Pigeon Forge's Dollywood themepark and a ride on the Chattanooga Choo-Choo are all guaranteed to score a home run.

Like a bit of history? Then you won't be disappointed. Visits to battlefields like Shiloh will take you right back to the Civil War, while there's the story of the civil rights movement to discover in Memphis, where Martin Luther King was assassinated. You can even tour the homes of three former presidents: Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson and James Polk.

Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State. So why not volunteer for a great holiday?

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Why not explore the following destinations in Tennessee


The King of Rock 'n' Roll, that is. Elvis Presley's legendary mansion Graceland is right here in Memphis, and so massive is its popularity that it's the second most visited house in the States after the White House. Find out more >>


It's all about slide guitars and Stetsons in the capital of Country music. Well, not all, because there's plenty going on besides: first-class museums, superb art, restful parks and historic plantation houses for starters.


Walk in the King of Rock 'n' Roll's blue suede shoes on a visit to opulent Graceland. Tour the rooms where Elvis lived for 20 years and see a whole stack of memorabilia from costumes to cars and the King's record collection. Then head off to Sun Studios to pay homage at the place where Elvis recorded his first hit, and where a host of other artists got their start in the business.

Great Smoky Mountains

So-called because of the beguiling blue haze that sometimes shrouds their peaks, these ancient mountains and the 800 square miles of National Park that surrounds them are a place of outstanding natural beauty. You can hike, drive or ride horseback through this breathtaking wilderness to discover dense forest, rushing streams, cascading waterfalls and incredible plant and animal life.

Music City

No holidays in Tennessee are complete without some good times spent in 'Music City'. Nashville pulsates day and night with a whole spectrum of live sounds from gospel to jazz - although country is king. Cruise the honky-tonks of Lower Broadway for a night to remember or catch a concert at the famed Ryman Auditorium.

Jack Daniels

Take a tour of the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg to discover the secrets behind Tennessee sour mash whiskey. During the visit you'll find out all about production methods, as well as hearing plenty of tales about 'Mr Jack' and sampling his invention. Don't expect to buy a shot in town afterwards though - Lynchburg is in a county that's been dry since the Prohibition era!

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis in 1968 as the civil rights movement gathered pace. The museum that now stands on the spot where he died charts the history of that struggle, and represents something we can all learn from.

Our Top Hotels in Tennessee

The Peabody Memphis

The Peabody Memphis


Located in downtown Memphis one block away from Historic Beale Street. Embracing the highest standards of luxury and comfort the hotel*s character is epitomized in the Grand Lobby.

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The Inn at Opryland

The Inn at Opryland


This hotel brings you all the excitement of Music City while offering a comfortable, inviting place to recharge located Music Valley Drive next to Gaylord Opryland Resort and the Grand Ole Opry®.

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Hutton Hotel

Hutton Hotel


Experience the rise of a sophisticated newcomer to Nashville where four-star luxury has adopted a stylish and accommodating new spirit.

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The Holiday Inn Select Hotel-Memphis

Holiday Inn Select Hotel - Memphis


The Holiday Inn Select Hotel-Memphis is located in the heart of downtown Memphis, directly across the street from the famous Peabody Hotel and within walking distance of Beale Street.

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The Chattanogan

The Chattanogan


This gorgeous property offers state of the art luxury with all the conveniences and energy of the city less than 2 hours from Atlanta and Nashville.

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The Oliver Hotel

The Oliver Hotel


This boutique hotel provides Southern hospitality with an uptown feel close to major restaurants live entertainment; theatres and museums.

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Fly Drive Holiday: The Sounds and Sights of Tennessee

Memphis – Nashville – Knoxville – Smoky Mountains – Asheville - Chattanooga – Atlanta

Our suggested fly drive itinerary offers the perfect mix of Tennessee’s iconic music heritage, historic attractions, outdoor adventure and relaxation. Memphis is your first port of call, where you can see Elvis's stomping grounds before moving on to the country music capital that is Nashville, the perfect place to hone your guitar skills. Travel on to Knoxville, where you can experience the old charms of the South blended with modern city living. Journey on, through the majestic grandeur of the Smoky Mountains where outdoor pursuits await, then finally, your Tennessee trip finishes in the scenic town of Chattanooga set on the Tennessee River.
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Fly Drive Holiday: Southern Discovery

Atlanta – Chattanooga – Asheville/ Smoky Mountains – Louisville – Nashville – Memphis - Birmingham

From the cosmopolitan city of Atlanta to the rich southern charms of Birmingham, our Southern Discovery fly-drive will take you through some of the South’s iconic towns and locations, showcasing the best in culture, music, food, history and outdoor vista’s that these states are renowned for. Discover where Scarlett O’Hara was brought to live in Atlanta; experience music mania in Nashville and Memphis – home to the Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll; explore the rugged beauty of the Smoky Mountains and learn about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others raised awareness of the civil rights movement.
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Fly Drive Holiday: Scenic Roads of the South

Atlanta – Savannah - Charleston – Asheville – Nashville - Memphis – Little Rock – Springfield – St Louis

Travel from Atlanta to St Louis on this essential Southern itinerary taking in some world famous and some less-famous gems of the coast, mountains, plains and mid-west. Your journey takes you to the grand dames of the South, Savannah and Charleston before heading inland up into the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. From here, you’ll drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to country music capital Nashville and blues capital Memphis. Next, it’s across to cosmopolitan state capital Little Rock, where a visit to the replica Oval Office is a must-see at the Clinton Presidential Center. Then travel via Route 66 from Springfield Missouri to St Louis when your journey of discovery ends.
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Elvis Presley Graceland Tour  
Walk in the footsteps of the King with a tour of Elvis Presley’s former home, Graceland. See how Elvis rose from his humble beginnings and catapulted himself into stardom See how this legend lived and relaxed with family and friends. Enjoy video, photographs, personal mementos, movie memorabilia, stage costumes and much more. From £18 per person.

Historic Tennessee – Southern Plantations and Presidents 
As well as music, Nashville has had a key role in American history. During this tour, you will take a guided tour of Belle Meade Plantation and former president Andrew Jackson’s manor, The Hermitage. Belle Meade Plantation is known as the queen of Tennessee Plantations. The current 30-acre site features ten outbuildings, including a 1832 slave cabin and a huge carriage house and stables. From £32 per person.

Nashville Showboat Lunch or Dinner Cruise
Step on board one of the country's largest paddle-wheel boats for a fabulous lunch or dinner cruise down Nashville's Cumberland River. Relax in comfort and admire the views of the city from the decks, indulge in a hearty Southern meal and enjoy live entertainment including talented musical performers, dancers and comedy. From £42 per person.

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Time Difference:
GMT- 6hours

Closest Airport:
Nashville International Airport (approx. 10 hours and 35 minutes, indirect flight), Memphis International Airport (approx.. 13 hours, indirect flight).

Getting around:
Many of Tennessee’s cities, including Nashville and Memphis, have efficient, easy to use public transport systems. But if you’re travelling around the state, hire a car from £22 a day.

Insider Tip:
Make sure to try a sample of the Goo Goo Cluster, a famous Nashville sweet treat that you can enjoy whilst watching a live music show at the Ryman Auditorium.

You’re going to need an ESTA:
For anyone travelling to the USA, the US authorities have imposed a requirement for passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), to register for Electronic Travel Authority. Just fill in the online application form which you can find at You will need to apply for entry via ESTA at least a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel.

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