St. John's Cathedral in Knoxville
The city's St. John's Cathedral in Knoxville was built
in 1826, just 35 years after the city was founded.
However, today's church is the second building of the
church that lasted from 1891 to 1892. A fire in 1919
destroyed many of the original stained glass. St. John's
Cathedral is considered the oldest brick church in
||413 Cumberland Ave
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville
The Christ Church Cathedral in the city of Nashville is
an episcopal church from 1894. The tower structure was
not added until 1947. The church was built in the style
of the neo-Gothic style from sandstone.
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville
The Downtown Presbyterian Church in the city of
Nashville is a Presbyterian church from 1849. The church
was built in the style of the Egyptian Revival, making
it one of the few in the USA. The front of the church
with its double tower structure is particularly
impressive. Since 1993 it has been functioning as a
floating hotel. The Delta Queen is the Downtown
Presbyterian Church on the list of National Historic
||154 5th Ave N
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville
The Church Street United Methodist Church in the city of
Knoxville is a Methodist church from the 1930s. Although
Church Street is in the name of the church, the church
is not on Church Street. Church Street United Methodist
Church is built in the Gothic style.
||900 Henley St
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
Big celebrations and events
Memphis in May
The Memphis in May festival has been taking place
in May every year for four weeks since 1967. The folk
festival begins with the Beale Street Music Festival, a
rock, blues, soul festival on Beale Street. The World
Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, which is the
largest barbecue competition in the world, also takes
place as part of the Memphis in May. The conclusion of
the Memphis in May is the Sunset Symphony, a free
performance of the Memphis Symphonic Orchestra on the
Zoos, parks and amusement parks
Overton Park in Memphis
Overton Park in the city of Memphis is a 1.38 kmē park
Overton Park is home to the Memphis Brooks Museum of
Art, the Memphis Zoo, a golf course, the Memphis College
of Art and the Old Forest Arboretum. The beginning of
the park goes back to 1901. If you are in Memphis you
should not miss a walk in Overton Park.
The Memphis Zoo has an area of approx. 310,000 mē on
which more than 3,500 animals from over 500 species
live. The Memphis Zoo was founded in 1906 and is now
considered one of the best zoos in the United States.
The Memphis Zoo is located in Overton Park, a 1.38 kmē
park in the city of Memphis. The zoo tries very hard to
adapt the animals' enclosures to their natural habitats.
In the zoo there are Once Upon A Farm, Cat Country,
Primate Canyon, Dragon's Lair, Animals of the Night,
Tropical Bird House, Herpetarium, Aquarium, African
Veldt, China, Northwest Passage and Teton Trek. These
are connected by a path that is approx. 3.2 km long. The
highlights of the zoo include African elephants, grizzly
bears and lions, Tigers, zebras, orangutans, rhinos,
giraffes, crocodiles, polar bears, panda bears and Nile
||2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, Tennessee 38112
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere has an area of
approximately 810,000 mē and was opened in 1990. The
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere emerged from the merger of
Nashville Zoo and Grassmere Wildlife Park. The Nashville
Zoo at Grassmere is more than a normal zoo because it
also houses a historic farmhouse from the 19th century.
It is now a museum and can also be visited. The
highlights of the zoo include African elephants,
giraffes, gibbons and red pandas.
||3777 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37211
The Knoxville Zoo has an area of approx. 210,000 mē on
which over 800 animals live. At Knoxville Zoo, visitors
will find bears, chimpanzees, African elephants, lions,
tigers, zebras, orangutans, rhinos, giraffes, and red
panda bears. The Knoxville Zoo also has a large number
of different snakes.
||3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37914
Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park
The Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park has an area of
approximately 53,000 mē and is located in the city of
Chattanooga. The zoo was founded in 1937. Visitors to
the Chattanooga Zoo will find snow leopards, jaguars,
chimpanzees, red panda bears and many more.
||301 N Holtzclaw Ave
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404
Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga
The Tennessee Aquarium in the city of Chattanooga is the
largest aquarium in Tennessee. The Tennessee Aquarium
was founded in 1992 and today there are over 12,000
aquatic organisms here. The concept of the Tennessee
Aquarium shows the path of a raindrop that falls in the
Appalachian Mountains and flows from there to the Gulf
of Mexico. You will not only learn something about the
animals living in this region.
||1 Broad Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402
Memphis Botanic Garden
The botanical garden of the city of Memphis covers an
area of approximately 390,000 mē and was built in
1953. The botanical garden is located in Audubon Park in
the city of Memphis. The garden is divided into 23 units
such as rose garden, herb garden, Japanese garden, etc.
In the summer, numerous concerts take place in the
Memphis Botanic Garden.
||750 Cherry Road
Memphis, Tennessee, 38117
Mud Island River Park and Mississippi River Museum
The Mud Island River Park and Mississippi River Museum
is a mix of park, museum and amphitheater. The complex
is not on an island, but on a peninsula in Mississippi
and can be reached by monorail. The complex opened in
1982. In addition to the 5,000-seat amphitheater that is
used for concerts in the summer, visitors can also find
a replica of the course of the lower Mississippi here.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is
located in the Appalachian Mountains in the states of
North Carolina and Tennessee and is the most visited
national park in the USA.
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
The Appalachian Trail (officially: Appalachian
National Scenic Trail) has a total length of
approx.3,500 km, making it one of the longest
long-distance hiking trails in the world.
The Appalachian Trail runs from north to south
through the 14 states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont,
Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia,
Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. The Appalachian
Trail begins in the state of Georgia on the summit of
Springer Mountain (1,152 m) and ends on the summit of
Mount Katahdin (1,606 m), the highest mountain in the
state of Maine.
The Appalachian Trail is managed by the National Park
Service of the USA.
The Appalachian Trail, as its name suggests, leads
through the Appalachian Mountains, a low mountain range
in the east of North America. The trail is classified as
a historical hiking trail and leads through many nature
reserves, including 6 national parks and 8 national
forests. The trail originated in the 1920s. It was
founded to offer people a change from the working life
of the industrialization period. The Appalachian Trail
was officially opened on August 14, 1937, but at the
time this was not met with much media coverage.
Much media attention was paid to the Appalachian
Trail in 1948 when Earl Shaffer ran the entire trail in
one season, becoming the first Thru-Hiker. The course of
the Appalchian Trail is partly based on other historical
There are over 250 huts and campsites along the
trail. Since the trail runs through several cities, it
is quite possible to refresh your provisions on the way.
Who also plans to run the entire trail in one go
(thru-hike) should plan around 5 to 6 months and start
in March or April.
If you tackle the Appalachian Trail, you may get to
know black bears, white-tailed deer, wapitis or elk on
You should also watch out for snakes such as the copper
head or the northern rattlesnake. There are also ticks,
mosquitoes (mosquitoes) and black mosquitoes, which can
become a major nuisance.
The Appalachian Trail was mentioned in literature in
Bill Bryson's work "A walk in the woods". Every year 3
to 4 million people run at least a small part of the
In Tennessee 114 km of the Appalachian Trail run,
apart from the 320 km on which the trail on the border
between Tennessee and North Carolina. The highest
section of the Appalachian Trail is in Tennessee. The
trail runs through the Great Smoky Mountains National
Park over Clingmans Dome. Here the highest point of the
trail is reached at 2,025 m.
Cherokee National Forest
The Cherokee National Forest is located in the eastern
part of Tennessee, near the border with the state of
North Carolina and is located one section north of the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its second
section south of the Great Smoky Mountains National
Park. The Cherokee National Forest covers an area of
2,653 kmē and was established in 1920.
A small part of the Cherokee National Forest is also
in North Carolina. The Cherokee National Forest is home
to numerous natural attractions such as the Ocoee River.
The canoe slalom competitions were held on this river in
1996 during the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.
This was the first nature course to be used at the
Summer Olympics to run canoe slalom competitions. The
former stadium, the Ocoee Whitewater Center, can still
be found here today. The Cherokee National Forest also
runs 150 km of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
But there are many more hiking trails in the Cherokee
National Forest, such as the John Muir National
Recreation Trail. Furthermore the Big Frog Mountain with
the surrounding Big Frog Wilderness and the extremely
beautiful Watauga Lake. Due to the numerous fast-flowing
rivers in the Cherokee National Forest, the area is
considered an excellent trout fishing area.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
protects the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River, a
122 km tributary of the Cumberland River, and the former
Blue Heron coal mine. The area has a high density of
rock gates (natural bridges).
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
covers an area of approximately 507 kmē and was
established in 1974. The Big South Fork National River
and Recreation Area is located in the US states of
Tennessee and Kentucky. The reserve is administered by
the National Park Service. The Big South Fork National
River and Recreation Area attracts over 600,000 visitors
Cedars Of Lebanon State Park
The Cedars Of Lebanon State Park is located south of the
city of Lebanon. The protected area is also a state
forest and covers an area of approximately 3.64 kmē.
The area that got its name from the cedar trees also has
many karst formations, including 18 caves. One of these
caves is the Jackson Cave, which with a length of
approx. 300 m leads to an underground lake. The park has
camping and picnic facilities and a total of 13 km of
||328 Cedar Forest Road
Lebanon, Tennessee 37090
Lone Mountain State Forest
The Lone Mountain State Forest is located in the
southeastern part of Tennessee and covers approximately
15 kmē. The name of the protected area comes from the
mountain Lone Mountain, which is actually not
spectacular at a height of 770 m, but because of its
isolation it towers above the surrounding landscape.
Here you will find approx. 25 km of hiking trails. The
most popular leads to Coyote Point on the top of Lone
Mountain and offers a wonderful view as a reward.
Standing Stone State Forest
The Standing Stone State Forest is located in northern
Tennessee and covers an area of approximately 45 kmē.
The planting and protection of the area date back to the
1930s, when poorer farmers were to find employment
during the Great Depression. In the Standing Stone State
Forest there is also the Standing Stone State Park,
which covers an area of approximately 3.5 kmē. There
are a total of 13 km of hiking trails and campsites, as
well as the Standing Stone State Lake, which gave both
State Park and State Forest the name.
||1674 Standing Stone Park Hwy.
Hilham, Tennessee 38568
Obed Wild and Scenic River
The protected area of the Obed Wild and Scenic River
includes parts of the Obed River and its tributaries
Clear Creek and Daddys Creek. Since the river is
protected as a National Wild and Scenic River, it is
managed by the National Park Service. The area is
considered an ideal white water rafting water and is
very popular with fans of this sport. Other activities
in this protected area include climbing, hiking and
Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area is
located in northwest Tennessee and southwest Kentucky.
The area has the status of a national recreation area.
Here the Tennessee River and the Cumberland River run
very close together and the island that forms between
these two rivers is the protected area.
Since the rivers have been dammed, the Lake Barkley
and Kentucky Lake reservoirs have been located here,
which is why the area is called Land Between the Lakes.
The area has been protected since 1963 and covers an
area of 688 kmē.
Other natural beauties
Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville
The Cumberland Caverns are located in or under the city
of McMinnville. This cave system is approximately 44 km
long and the second longest cave in Tennessee. The main
entrance to the cave system was discovered in 1810. The
caves can be visited on a tour. There are day and night
tours. In addition to the usual sights of a cave system,
in the Cumberland Caverns you can also admire the Hall
of the Mountain King, an approx. 180 m long, 46 m wide
and 43 m high cave room. This is one of the largest in