Posted by: RasmaSandra | May 16, 2019

Birmingham Alabama

 

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Birmingham is a city in the north central region of the U.S. state of Alabama.

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The Birmingham Museum of Art is located in the heart of the city’s cultural district and opened its doors in 1951. Its permanent collection consists of more than 25,000 art objects. Its collection of Asian art is one of the finest in the Southeast and its collection of Vietnamese ceramics is one of the best in the world. Other highlights include a Kress collection of Baroque and Renaissance paintings, decorative arts and sculpture, 18th-century European decorative arts and the world-renowned collection of Wedgwood china. The museum offers lectures, events, and activities for a variety of audiences including school children.

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It has a wonderful sculpture garden, Charles W. Ireland Sculpture Garden has three uniquely different spaces. The upper plaza with monumental sculpture, the lower gallery for temporary exhibitions, and the Red Mountain Garden Area with a courtyard for the permanent collection.

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The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is an educational and cultural research center. You’ll find archives, galleries, meeting room, and temporary exhibits. The permanent exhibit will take you on a journey from the 1950s and 1960s Civil Rights Movement to contemporary human rights issues. It also hosts many different activities and events and has a range of programs. The tours here are self-guided.

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Vulcan Park and Museum just outside of Birmingham on top of Red Mountain you’ll find a 50-ton 56-foot high iron statue of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire. This is the largest cast iron statue in the world and has been watching over the city since the 1930s and has become one of the city’s important symbols. It is surrounded by a lovely and well-maintained park which is a popular place for different events. It is the most popular place for the annual 4th of July fireworks.

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Alabama Theater was built by Paramount Studios in 1927 and used as a movie palace for Paramount movies. It was also used for the Mickey Mouse Club and Miss Alabama Pageant until 1987. After that, it became the Alabama Theater for the Performing Arts and today plays host to movies and over 300 events each year.

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It is home to Alabama’s highly prized Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.

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The Birmingham Zoo opened in 1955 the beginnings of the zoo were just a few exotic animals in a firehouse. Today you can see some 950 animals representing over 230 species from six continents.

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Among the animals making their home here are bobcats, elephants, giraffes, orangutans, rhinos, tigers and zebras.

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Some of them are exotic and others endangered like the double-wattled cassowary, the Komodo dragon, and the red panda. The zoo makes conservation efforts and has many educational outreach programs.

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Kelly Ingram Park is a historic 4-acre park in the Birmingham Civil Rights District.  During the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, it was the location for large demonstrations. The park was named after a local fireman, Osmond Kelly Ingram. Here you can see many sculptures and monuments.

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The park was the scene of the protest in May of 1963 where police and firemen used fire hoses and police dogs and it cause such public outcry that it resulted in the end of public segregation and later on the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Railroad Park opened in 2010 and got its name because it lies immediately south of two rail lines that pass through downtown Birmingham, This park is known as “Birmingham’s Living Room” and is a popular green space that plays host to concerts, cultural events, family activities, and recreation.

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The park has more than 600 trees, different kinds of flowers, paths, and water features among them a lake, wetlands, ponds, and streams.

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Red Mountain Park lies along Red Mountain Ridge. There are two city overlooks, over 14 miles of trails, three tree houses, historic mines, Kaul Adventure Tower, Red Ore Zip Tour, and Remy’s Dog Park.

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You can choose to hike or bike. It also offers several educations outreach programs like field trips and summer camps.

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Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve is in Irondale, a suburb of Birmingham. It was named after William Henry Ruffner, a geologist from the Washington & Lee University. Here you’ll find 12 miles of hiking trails and see wildlife like owls, raptors, snakes, and turtles.

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The Treetop Visitor’s Center and Education Pavilion was built in 2010.

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Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens is a historic former plantation and museum surrounded by 6 acres of landscaped gardens. The house was built between 1845 and 1850 in the Greek Revival style. It is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

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The home is now a decorative arts museum and has a large collection of 19th-century furniture, paintings, silver, and textiles. The garden room is used for special occasions.

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The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in the Birmingham Civil Rights District is dedicated to preserving and presenting jazz music. Founded in 1978 is opened as a museum in 1993. It displays instruments, paintings, quilts, and other jazz-related memorabilia like the personal belongings of jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald. It hosts jazz performances at various venues around the city and introduces jazz music to students at schools through visits by musicians. It sponsors free weekly jazz classes and is home to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Student All-Star Band.

 

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | May 11, 2019

Amazing Huntsville

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Our armchair travels through the U.S. have brought us to the state of Alabama which is home to significant landmarks from the American Civil Rights Movement. The state borders Tennessee to the north, Georgia to the east, Florida to the south and Mississippi to the west. The state also has coastline with the Gulf of Mexico at the extreme southern edge.

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We begin our travels in Huntsville which is a city that is rich with historical and cultural significance and has some of the country’s best natural wonders.

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Twickenham Historic District is the place in the city where you can explore some of Alabama’s most impressive architecture in the state’s largest antebellum district.

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Take a look at the Weeden House Museum built in 1819 which is the oldest house in Alabama that is open to the public and offers guided walking tours. Here you can find out about the life of the famous poet and watercolorist Ms. Weeden aka Howard. Her portraits of slaves gained international acclaim as well as her poem about their stories.

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Huntsville Botanical Garden is a lovely and popular garden with botanical displays, seasonal festivals, and educational programs for adults and children. It is open all four seasons and has wonderful attractions like the largest butterfly house in the states.

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You can enjoy taking a walk through the nature trails among the romantic aquatic garden that is surrounded by blooming bushes and plants. Children go wild in the 2-acre children’s garden that offers dinosaurs, mazes, and so much more.

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See the popular Garden Railway, Vegetable, and Four Seasons Gardens.

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The Bird Trail is a great experience.

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US Space and Rocket Center is the birthplace of America’s Space Program. It opened in 1970 and has become the most comprehensive U.S. manned spaceflight hardware museum in the world. You can see everything from missiles to rockets and other kinds of space memorabilia.

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There is an IMAX Space Dome Theater that offers showings of on-screen space-themed entertainment. There are regularly featured traveling exhibits so there are new surprises each time you visit.

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Southern Adventures is an outdoor amusement park that has attractions for the family. You can enjoy mini golf, bumper cars, rides, arcade games, batting cages, go carts, rock climbing and a waterpark. There is also a full-scale golf course.

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Huntsville Museum of Art located in downtown Huntsville in the Big Spring Park. The museum has seven galleries where you can find great 19th and 20th-century art. There are artworks from Africa, Asia, and Europe. The main attraction is American art from the Southeast. Besides the permanent collections, there are also temporary and traveling exhibits. Art classes are offered both for adults and children and you’ll find great shopping and dining experiences here.

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Big Spring Park offers lovely scenery and great bird watching. The park is enjoyed by history buffs since Huntsville was originally settled in 1805 by John Hunt near a limestone spring right in this area.

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Harmony Park Safari is a federally licensed nature preserve that features exotic and endangered animals. You can take a tour in your own vehicle.

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You can see zebras, buffalo, camels, rams, and alligators. There are lovely waterfalls and antique buildings along the way.

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Alabama Constitution Village commemorates the 1819 Constitutional Convection during which time Alabama became the 22nd state to be admitted to the Union. This quaint village has eight reconstructed buildings from the 1800s.

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You can visit a print shop, library, and post office among others and see how early Alabama life was.

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US Veterans Memorial Museum is dedicated to the accomplishments of American military men and women. Here you can view over thirty historical military vehicles from WW I to the present. There are many artifacts on display that date back to the Revolutionary War.

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Bridge Street Town Center features more than seventy shops and restaurants. There is a five-acre lake, walking trails, a carousel, and train rides.

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There is a movie theater with a 14-inch screen. You can also enjoy musical performances.

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The Westin Huntsville Hotel sits in a lovely park-like setting.

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During the summer people love cooling off in the Pop Jet and Dancing Fountains.

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Sci-Quest Hands-On Science Center features many hands-on exhibits. Visitors can host their own TV weather channel or take a trip through the human body. The center offers camps, birthday parties, scout trips, field trips and special programs for all ages and interests.

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Burritt On the Mountain gives you the chance to step back into the 1800s. Here you can see authentic log cabins and a barnyard.

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Visitors enjoy touring the mansion of eccentric Dr. Burritt. There are also special exhibits and concerts. The scenery is wonderful and there are many hiking trails.

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 Madison County Nature Trail sits atop of Green Mountain.

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The park has lovely scenery, walking trails, picnic areas, a covered bridge, and the state’s oldest and largest Champion Winged Elm Tree.

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It is a beautiful park in all seasons.

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Monte Sano State Park opened in 1938 and is on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. It is located on the slopes of Monte Sano Mountain.

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The park has rustic cottages, picnic areas, and hiking trails. Modern campsites are available.

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The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum showcases the park’s history and it is a great place to relax and enjoy the mountain scenery. One of the highlights is Von Braun Astronomical Society’s Planetarium and Observatory, which hosts special events and offers star gazing. The lodge is available for meetings and special events.

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Land Trust of North Alabama wants visitors to enjoy the beauty of nature. Right in the foothills of the Appalachians is the Bethel Spring Preserve. There is a quaint farm working on a tradition that began in the 1800s. You can see spring fed creeks and waterfalls.

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Hays Nature Preserve offers visitors ten miles of trails that include forests, fields, and wetlands. You can enjoy hiking, biking, or horseback riding. Many different species of wildlife have their home here.

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Historic Huntsville Depot is a historic site that was once used as a Union hospital, prison, and living quarters for Union soldiers. Here you can see things like Civil War graffiti and climb on locomotives.

 

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | May 5, 2019

Tennessee Off the Beaten Path

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Teapot Museum – Located in the Municipal Building in Trenton, Tennessee. Even though it’s called the Teapot Museum there is a large exhibition known as” The Largest Collection of Rare Porcelain Veilleuses”. If you’re wondering then a veilleuse is not just a regular teapot it is in fact also a nightlight. In the early days, veilleuses were used as food warmers. They were set up with a vessel in which burned a candle or oil and a bowl above it, on a stand. In the 19th century, Europe these combination teapots and night lights were turned into marvelous works of art.

This 19th-century collection is now worth more than a million dollars and can be found displayed in glass-fronted cases. Altogether there are 525 teapots which have decorations such as birds, dogs, horses, flowers, mermaids, and castles. There is a large variety of colors and seeing these wonderful teapots you can imagine them as flickering night lights in the days before electricity.      

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Jack Daniels Distillery – Home of America’s greatest whiskey in Lynchburg, Tennessee. At the moment you step into the distillery you can smell the sour mash whiskey. Tourists get an introductory slide show which explains the process the whiskey goes through. Then you’re taken through 45 warehouses where the whiskey is aged in white oak barrels used but once. Next, you’ll get to see how the whiskey is processed, the yard where the charcoal is made, the grotto where the spring water comes from, the grain silo, the mixing apparatus and other kinds of equipment in this complicated production.

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The original company offices are now a museum where you can see the safe which was the undoing of Jack Daniels. Once when he couldn’t open the safe, he kicked it in a fit of rage, broke his toe and got a fatal case of gangrene.

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Cumberland Caverns – Found three hundred feet below ground they have formed some 500 million years ago through an erosive action of a sea which amazingly enough is now the Gulf of Mexico. At that time it went as far inland. There’s a stream which flows through the entrance gallery and ends in a crystal-clear pool which is swarming with blind white crayfish. In the center of this pool rises a 4 million-year-old flowstone which is named Moby Dick. The ceilings are covered by wide and leaf-like stalactite which is called curtains. Surprisingly when these stalactites are lightly tapped they make a bell-like sound as if it were a pipe organ.

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In what is known as the Volcano Room hangs a giant chandelier of cut lead crystal. Farther on the natural rock terraces and balconies give the chambers a look of a grand old theater. Other caverns are known as the Graveyard, the Popcorn Bowl and the largest is the Hall of the Mountain King which is 600 feet long and 140 feet high. This is truly a site to see.

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Lincoln Museum – located in the Lincoln Memorial University. It is the third largest museum devoted to President Lincoln. There are more than 250,000 objects on exhibit. Everything is thematically arranged and traces various periods and undertakings of Lincoln’s life from the days when he was a rail splitter to the fateful night in Ford’s Theater. Among the personal objects on display is Lincoln’s favorite chair from when he was a lawyer in Illinois, the carriage that Lincoln borrowed for his second inauguration and the ebony cane he had with him when he was shot. Other displays show items from the Civil War period such as uniforms, weaponry and combat medicine.

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Tourists can also see the original model of the Lincoln Memorial by Daniel Chester French and the bronze bust of Lincoln by Gutzon Borglum.

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Jonesborough Historic District – This is America’s oldest town west of the Appalachians. Jonesborough was established in 1779 and it became the portal to the southwest. This historic district is listed in The National Register of Historic Places. For tourists, the visitor’s center is located at the History Museum where the community’s development is charted. Exiting the museum one can stroll among the brick sidewalks of the historic district and see all kinds of great architecture. There are many grand old Victorian homes.

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Among the highlights of things that tourists can see is the Chester Inn which is the town’s oldest building dating from 1797

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and the Christopher Taylor House which is a two-story log cabin in which President Andrew Jackson resided as a young lawyer.

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One can also see the Mail Pouch Building which was once a saloon

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and the Salt House where salt was rationed to the townsfolk during the Civil War. This town also has a succession of celebrations and old-fashioned kinds of observations of the holidays.

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Rocky Mount – located north of Johnson City. Rocky Mount is a two-story house made of hand-hewn, notched white oak logs and is one of the oldest territorial capitols in the United States still standing on its original site. It was built in 1770 and it served “the territory of the U.S. south of the Ohio River” from 1790 to 1792. At this time Territorial Governor William Blount used Rocky Mount as his office. Later on, it became a stagecoach stop, a post office and has now been a historic site since 1959.

Tourists can see that Rocky Mount is authentically furnished with a pre-1740 grandfather clock, a hunt board, old crockery, a swiveling cradle, and other antique items. In the visitors’ center, there is a museum which has historical exhibits, manuscripts, and memorabilia. Rocky Mount is an interesting place to visit where tour guides are dressed in period costumes and play the roles of historical characters that were related to the house.

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Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum – located in Jackson, Tennessee. This is the home of the legendary Casey Jones who was the engineer that died in the wreck of the Cannonball Express on the night of April 30th, 1900. He is honored with the famous song” Casey Jones”. He was a great man who came round the bend with his speeding train only to come face to face with a freight train. Staying heroically at the throttle Casey saved the lives of his passengers.

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Here in Jackson, you can see the house in which Casey was living at the time of his death. It is a simple white clapboard structure with green shutters and a wraparound porch. Inside two rooms are devoted to memorabilia and railroad history including a model showing the fatal accident scene with miniature trains. Outside of the house, one can see a replica of Illinois Central Railroad Engine No. 382 which was the train in which Casey met with death. Tourists can climb aboard and get a real look at it.

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Franklin – Once you leave behind the modern era shopping malls and other commercial buildings you come upon Franklin. This is a 15-block section of the downtown area which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are many Victorian-era houses with neatly trimmed lawns and the quiet streets are lined with maples. Even though most of the homes are privately owned they are wonderful to look at while taking a leisurely stroll.

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One of the buildings which is open to the public is the Carter House built in 1830. During the Civil War, it served as a command post for General Jacob D. Cox. The rooms in the house are furnished with period pieces and there is a museum attached to the Carter House which commemorates the fierce battle waged nearby during the Civil War. Tourists can also look at the outbuildings which include a smokehouse, tool shed, family kitchen and slave cabin.

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Another building open to the public just outside of the historic district is the Carnton Mansion built in 1826 and was used as a hospital during the Civil War. On the grounds is the only privately owned Confederate cemetery in the country. Tourists can get brochures with maps for self-guiding tours of the historic district at the Williamson County Courthouse which is one of the landmarked buildings in Franklin.

 

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | April 30, 2019

Exploring Tennessee

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Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is located in downtown Gatlinburg and is among the top-rated aquarium in the country.

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The tanks hold 1,4 million gallons of water and over 100 thousand marine animals have found their home here.

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The underwater tunnel is 340 feet long which makes it one of the longest in the world. It allows visitors to get up close to creatures of the deep like sharks, stingrays, and giant sea turtles.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg is one of the most visited National Parks in the U.S. and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Great Smokey Mountains are part of the Blue Ridge Mountains which are part of the Appalachian Mountain Range.

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The park lies on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. You can encounter wild black bears and elk in the park. There are 850 miles of hiking trails and Appalachian historic buildings are preserved at Cades Cove.

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The best place to begin the tour of the Great Smokey National Park is in the small town of Gatlinburg where you’ll find the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

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Ober Gatlinburg is a ski resort and amusement park that offers year-round activities.

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Other highlights in the park include the 6.643-foot high Clingmans Dome with Observation Tower that is perched atop of the mountain summit and offer fantastic views. You can enjoy an overnight camping trip or stay in a rustic cabin in the woods.

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The Lotz House Museum in Franklin is a museum and is listed on the U.S. National Registry of Historic Places. This home played a historic role in the Civil War and survived the Battle of Franklin and served as a military field hospital. The Lotz Family were artists who created fine art and handmade furniture. You can see many historic furnishings in the home including antiques, family heirlooms, fine art, and more.

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Discovery Park of America in Union City is a museum, park, and garden with educational exhibits. This 50-acre park has hands-on exhibits and activities teaching about the history of Tennessee.

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Among the highlights here are a theater earthquake simulator, a 20,000-gallon aquarium and a 60-foot replica of the human body.

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The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge has a half-scale replica of the famous ship the RMS Titanic. This two-story museum has about 400 artifacts in twenty separate galleries and is known as the world’s largest Titanic museum. The museum has been built in a pool of water.

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You’ll enter and feel like the original passengers did boarding the Titanic on its maiden and only voyage. The museum adds a real passenger name to each ticket and visitors learn about the individual story of that passenger including if they survived.

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Parrot Mountain and Gardens is a bird park and garden in Pigeon Forge where parrot cottages line the paths.

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The tropical birds sit on open perches or fly overhead.

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Visitors can feed the birds from their hands, take photos with them or just stroll through the gardens. There is a baby bird nursery on-site and you can purchase a bird to take home.

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Dollywood is a theme park in Pigeon Forge that is partly owned by country music legend Dolly Parton.

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There are lots of thrilling ride like the Lightning Rod, the world’s fastest wooden roller coaster. You can see stage shows, seasonal festivals, and enjoy a water park.

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There are over 40 rides among them the Tennessee Tornado roller coaster. You’ll find 10 themed areas like Timber Canyon and Jukebox Junction.

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You can ride the Dollywood Express around the park.

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You can enjoy a visit to Splash Country Water Park.

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It is just minutes from the theme park’s lovely DreamMore Resort.

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The Stones River National Battlefield is a Civil War Battlefield in Murfreesboro. This is the location of one of the bloodiest battles in the war. The park memorializes the Battle of Stones and educates visitors about the significance of the battle and about the Civil War.

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Here you’ll also find the Stones River National Cemetery with around 7,000 graves.

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Here you’ll also see the oldest surviving Civil War Monument standing in its original location – Hazen’s Brigade Monument. Park Service rangers and volunteers offer visitors talks, interpreted walks, tours, and history programs.

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Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium in Kingsport is a large city-owned park. It consists of a nature preserve. There is a 44-acre lake, a Nature Center with a Planetarium and exhibits displaying Animal Habitats.

Bay Mountain also offers an Adventure Ropes Course with a 300-foot long zip line. There are miles of hiking trails and you can enjoy mountain biking. The planetarium offers free seasonal astronomy viewings at night.

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The Smoky Mountain Deer Farm and Exotic Petting Zoo is a 140-acre family-friendly attraction with many animals and animal-centered activities. The deer farm is a great way to get up to close with the deer.

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The petting zoo has camels, kangaroos, zebras, reindeer, emu, donkeys, Zonkey the Donkey, and more.

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Visitors can pet and feed the animals. The Deer Farm Riding Stables offer visitors horse-riding experiences. The trail offers amazing views of the Smokey Mountains.

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Carnton Plantation in Franklin is a museum and historic plantation It played a key role in the Battle of Franklin during the Civil War and is on the U.S. National Registry of Historic Places.

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You can get guided tours that explore the house and grounds. There is a gift shop where you can get books about the history of the plantation.

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The Museum of Appalachia in Clinton is a large open-air museum that is all about the people who settled the Appalachian Mountains. It looks at their culture, livelihoods, and customs.

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It is one of the best heritage villages in the U.S. You can enjoy hands-on activities like weaving and farming. The museum has over 250,000 artifacts.

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The amazing Lost Sea huge cave system with the largest underwater lake in the U.S. is located in Sweetwater. There are guided tours available including boat trips along the underground waterways. It also has a Civil War history. Confederate soldiers mined the Lost Sea caverns for saltpeter, an ingredient of gunpowder. After the war, locals created a party room known as the Cavern Tavern.

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Old Sweetwater Village has shops and authentic log cabins.

 

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Posted by: RasmaSandra | April 27, 2019

Nashville Tennessee

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Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and lies on the Cumberland River in the north-central part of the state.

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In downtown Nashville, you’ll find the famous Music Square. Music Row is the heart and soul of the nation’s music industry.

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There are many souvenir and memorabilia shops and museums that honor music and musicians. Among them is the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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 On Music Row, you’ll find important landmarks like RCA Studio B which is known to be the birthplaces of the unique “Nashville sound”. From which many great hits came in the 1960s. It is also connected to other music genres such as Gospel and Christian music.

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In Centennial Park, you’ll find the amazing reproduction of the Greek Parthenon in Athens. It was originally built of wood in 1897 and later rebuilt with cement to create an accurate full-scale replica of the original Greek temple.

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Inside you’ll find the permanent art collection of 63 artworks by 19th and 20th century American painters.

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Here is also a 42-foot replica of the statue of the goddess Athena Parthenos covered with gold leaf. You can also see the famed 5th century BC Parthenon Marbles.

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Hermitage is the former home of the 7th U.S. President Andrew Jackson. It was originally built in 1819 and rebuilt 25 years later. Jackson lived here from 1837 to 1845. This lovely mansion is now a museum with various exhibits and displays focusing on his private and public life. There are guided tours available.

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The grounds are beautiful with flowerbeds and the burial site of Jackson and his wife.

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You can also view the nearby Tulip Grove mansion the former home of family members, Emily and Andrew Jackson Donelson.

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The Grand Ole Opry where radio shows have been broadcast since 1925 and visitors can enjoy shows featuring famous country stars. You can enjoy backstage tours of the Grand Ole Opry House.

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The General Jackson Showboat is a modern four-deck paddle-wheel showboat built to resemble the steamships of the 1800s. You can get different cruises on the Cumberland River among them dining and show packages.

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Take a look at the Willie Nelson and Friends Museum and General Store. The Texas Troubadour Theater and the Nashville Opera at the Noah Liff Opera Center.

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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum makes its home in an interesting building in the heart of downtown Nashville. Its tall windows resemble piano keys.

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The museum features a multi-media display of historical performances, costumes, instruments, gold records, and memorabilia.

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Among the highlights is a Cadillac belonging to Elvis,

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a massive 40-foot guitar, a tour bus, and a recording booth.

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You’ll enjoy visiting the Johnny Cash Museum and Café with many artifacts and memorabilia of the country music legend.

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The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum has displays and exhibits that are related to recorded music and its stars.

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The Tennessee State Capitol was built on the most prominent hill in downtown Nashville. It was designed in the neo-Classical style and is capped with a temple-like cupola.

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It is part of the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Free guided tours and self-guided tours are available. This 19-acre site commemorates the state’s 200th anniversary and includes a huge granite map embedded in the concrete plaza along with many fountains

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and statues of Tennessee-born Presidents Andrew Jackson

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and Andrew Johnson.

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The Tennessee State Museum is a great place to learn about the rich history of this state and its people. It is located adjacent to Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. The museum offers interactive displays and multi-media presentations. There are artifacts relating to Tennessee’s role in the Civil War, including period weapons and furniture. You can see artwork and paintings and displays relating to music and musicians. There is also a theater and an education and learning center.

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The Ryman Auditorium was the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. It originally opened in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle. Ryman is often referred to as the “Carnegie of the South”. Today it features classical concert series, bluegrass shows, musical theater, and TV tapings. The building also has a museum with a variety of exhibits that relate to its rich past. Both guided and self-guided tours are available. At the Ryman Recording Studio, you can try to make a recording of your own. There are also backstage tours available.

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The Belle Meade Plantation was built in 1845 and the house is a lovely old Southern mansion built in the Greek Revival style. Right in the front yard of the mansion Union and Confederate soldiers fought during the two-day Civil War Battle of Nashville in 1864, You can still see the evidence of gunfire in its tall stone columns. There are guided tours available as well as culinary experiences and other seasonal fun. The gardens and grounds are lovely and have some early 19th century buildings. The grounds are popular for weddings.

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You can enjoy either lunch or dinner at the onsite Harding House Restaurant.

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Radnor Lake State Park is a lovely nature preserve on the outskirts of the city. There are plenty of hiking trails that let you wander around the lake and through woodland. There are also trails for biking and dog walking. Among the highlights here is the chance to see wildlife like otters, mink, beavers, bobcats, and deer. The Visitor Center has educational displays that relate to the flora and fauna here.

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It is a great place for birdwatchers and herons and owls can be frequently spotted. Planning in advance you can participate in activities like wildflower walks, stargazing, nature hikes, and canoe trips.

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The Downtown Presbyterian Church is one of over 600 churches in Nashville. It is a wonderful example of Egyptian Revival architecture. Inside the Egyptian decorative theme includes wall paintings, woodwork, and stained glass windows.

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During the Union occupation of the city during the Civil War, it was designated as Hospital No. 8 and had 206 beds. There are self-guided tours available and visitors can attend events and services.

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Fort Nashborough sits on the banks of the Cumberland River. It was established in 1780 after James Robertson led settlers across the frozen river. The original fort lasted until 1792 but this modern-day construction offers an interesting insight into the life and times of early settlers in Nashville.

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You can enjoy the on-site interpretive center that addresses the living conditions for the pioneers while taking in great views of the Cumberland. There are displays relating to Native Indian history, including an interesting sculpture made from feathers. You can also see a number of accurate replica buildings including fortifications, log cabins, and blockhouses.

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The Nashville Zoo is a great and fun place to visit  You can explore the plains of Africa, walk the rainforests of South America and take a look at the animals of Asia. The zoo is home to some 2,700 animals from 365 species. There are rare clouded leopards, Baird tapirs, toucans, and Bengal tigers all housed in their natural habitats.

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Lorikeet Landing lets you enter an aviary with 50 Australian parrots.

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Children enjoy the Wild Animal Carousel, Wilderness Express Train, and a large Jungle gym. Adventurers can try the thrilling zip-line experience.

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Belmont Mansion was built in the 1850s. It is the largest surviving antebellum house in Tennessee. The rooms have been preserved with their original décor and furnishings. It was designed as an Italian villa and is surrounded by elaborate gardens. There are many permanent exhibits to enjoy among them the collection of furniture, paintings, and original statues by American artists. You can arrange for a guided tour.

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Cheekwood is well-known for its beautiful gardens and park-like setting.

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The highlights here are the Woodland Sculpture Trail with four greenhouses with camellias and orchids and a learning center with contemporary art galleries.

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The Museum of Art has also found its home here in the 1920s Georgian-style mansion with a wonderful collection of American art from the 19th to the 20th centuries.

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The Tennessee Agricultural Museum is nearby with a collection of historic farm artifacts and collections of rural Tennessee prints and folk art sculptures.

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The Frist Art Museum is housed in the city’s impressive old post office building and is known for its visiting art exhibits from all over the world.

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Travellers Rest Plantation was established in 1799 by John Overton, a law partner and presidential advisor to Andrew Jackson. It is the site of the Battle of Peach Orchard Hill during the Civil War. The plantation building is a museum today and highlights life in the early 19th century and relates the history of the region from its origins as a Native American settlement to its wartime role. There are specialty tours available, including lunch options.

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The Upper Room Chapel and Christian Art Museum is well-known for its woodcarving of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper sculpted by Ernest Pellegrini and created by over 50 woodworkers over a period of 14 months. Other highlights include the huge 20-foot stained glass window featuring Pentecost themes and religious paintings from the 14th century to the present.

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The is a lovely garden to enjoy.

 

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Memphis on the Mississippi

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Memphis is a well-known city that sits on the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee. It is famous for influencing the beginnings of the blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll.

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Beale Street is a historic street running for around two miles from East Street to the Mississippi River. It is one of the top Memphis attractions with many restaurants and blues clubs. It also plays host to outdoor concerts and festivals.

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Beale Street was built in 1841 and became a venue for traveling musicians in the 1860s. Many legendary blues and jazz musician performed here between the 19201 and 1940s.

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Sun Studios is known as the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll. It opened its doors in 1950. In 1954 Elvis walked in through the doors and made this one of the most famous studios in the world.

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The building is now a museum where you can take a tour, listen to a few of the recording sessions, see the microphone Elvis used and just get feel of the amazing vibes all around that launched the careers of Elvis, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and others. In the gift shop, you can see old posters and other memorabilia.

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Take a stroll to Graceland the charming mansion that was home to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley. He died in 1977 but you can bet his spirit still roams the rooms here. His daughter Lisa Marie Presley opened the house to the public and it has become a pilgrimage site for thousands of Elvis’ fans.

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There are guided tours available of all the room in which Elvis lived and have been preserved and unchanged Among the interesting ones is the Jungle Room.

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Take a tour of the trophy building where you can see Elvis’ gold and platinum records and other memorabilia from his movies and charitable activities. At Graceland, you can celebrate his birthday, Christmas, and other special occasions.

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Cooper-Young Historic District is the home of artists, musicians, freethinkers, and those who admire the beauty. It is a fun place to explore and look at the homes which were built at the beginning of the 20th century. There are 60 galleries, antique shops, coffeehouses, vintage stores, restaurants, and bars. You can enjoy the Cooper-Young One-Day Festival in September.

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The Memphis Botanic Garden stretches for 96 acres in Audubon Park. It features 28 different gardens

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like the Anne Heard Stokes Butterfly Garden,

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the Blue Star Memorial Marker and Garden,

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the Japanese Garden of Tranquility with its red drum bridge, and so much more.

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One of the most popular gardens is My Big Backyard.

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This is a family garden where children can play and adults can relax in the great outdoors. It features special event like The Family Egg Hunt and the Daffodil Dash Race.

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The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is the largest and oldest art museum in Tennessee. It was built in 1916 and designed in the Beaux-Arts style. A cylindrical extension was added in 1955. There are 29 galleries, a research library, an auditorium, and classrooms. The permanent collection includes artworks from the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, Impressionist, and 20th Century periods.

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The National Civil Rights Museum was established in 1991 and shares the lessons learned from the American Civil Rights Movement and how this period in the nation’s history influenced and shaped the freedom and equality of all men today.

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The museum is housed in the former Lorraine Motel building where Dr. Martin Luther King was killed in 1968. There are galleries with historic collections, interactive multimedia exhibits, special speakers, and events.

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The Memphis National Cemetery once originally known as the Mississippi River National Cemetery was established during the American Civil War after the Union Army took control of Memphis. There are many soldiers buried here like Union soldiers liberated from Confederate POW camps who died when their steamboat Sultana exploded, casualties of the Battle of Fort Pillow from both sides.

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This is a lovely landscaped cemetery with such notable monuments like the Illinois Monument.

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The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum was established by the Smithsonian Institution in 2000. It tells the story of the birth of rock and soul in Memphis. The museum portrays the lives of musical pioneers and their music went on the change the world. It is located at the FedExForum complex. The audio tour has 300 minutes of information that includes over 300 songs. Visitors can take a look at all seven galleries.

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The Pink Palace Museum is a history and science museum that is part of the Pink Palace Family of Museums. It is housed in a mansion that was built in 1923 and was the former residence of Clarence Saunders, the founder of Piggly Wiggly. Collections here include pre-Columbian artifacts, dinosaurs, fossils, Native American pottery, and exhibits on the history of Memphis.

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The Children’s Museum of Memphis is a hands-on museum that is dedicated to helping children learn through enjoyable experiences. It was established in 1990 and is housed in the former National Guard Armory.

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There are over 20 hands-on exhibits. It hosts many events throughout the year.

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The Woodruff-Fontaine House is a historic museum that was built in 1871 and once belonged to Amos Woodruff, a carriage maker. It is a popular venue for weddings. Tours of the French-Victorian house are available and there are different exhibits and events.

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The Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art is located in the Pembroke Square Building in downtown Memphis.

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Its collection of Chinese art is the largest in the southern US and there are over 900 outstanding objects. The Judaica collection has artworks by some of Israel’s best contemporary artists.

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Shelby Farms Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country. It stretches for more than 4,500 acres and has many ponds and lakes that are great for boating and fishing.

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There are green rolling hills, flowering meadows and you can go hiking or biking.

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Woods and gardens surround the lakes.

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The Dixon Gallery and Garden is an art museum that was established in 1976. It has one of the best collections of Impressionist art in the country. It has found its home in the former house of the late Hugo and Margaret Dixon, who have the house and gardens as a gift to the city of Memphis. You can enjoy strolling through the gardens and looking at Greco-Roman sculptures.

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AutoZone Park is a baseball stadium in downtown Memphis. It is home to the Memphis Redbirds, a Minor League Baseball Team of the Pacific Coast League.

memphis automemphis auto familyThere are special amenities here like the Family Leisure Picnic Pavilion with seating for 500 people as well as additional seating on the grassy lawn. There are also 48 suites with a total of 700 seats and several bars and restaurants.

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The Levitt Shell is an open-air amphitheater that was built in 1936. It was modeled after similar band shells in New York, Chicago, and St. Louis. This is one of the few band shells that was built by the WPA that is still in use. It was used for musicals, light operas, and orchestra performances during the 1930s and 1940s. In 1954 Elvis performed here and this was considered to be the first rock and roll show in history.

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The Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum is a historic house museum. It is known as the Burkle Estate that was built in 1849 by German immigrant Jacob Burkle. He was a strong supporter of the anti-slavery movement. Starting around 1855 this antebellum home, near the banks for the Mississippi became a safe haven for slaves who boarded boats heading for the Northern states. The house features artifacts, trap doors, and hidden passages.

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Historic Elmwood Cemetery was established in 1852 and is the oldest active cemetery in the city. It is also the first example of a garden cemetery in the South.

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In the park-like setting, there are monuments, old trees, and scenic vistas. Many veterans are buried here from the American Revolutionary War up to the Vietnam War.

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The Withers Collection Museum & Gallery is a collection of photography that documents the history of African Americans. The collection covers more than 60 years of 20th-century history through the photos of Ernest Withers, a native of Memphis and renowned photojournalist. The museum also hosts public events like workshops, lectures, and seminars.

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The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is dedicated to soul music and the museum is a replica of the Stax recording studio, formerly the Capitol Theater. The museum features interactive exhibits, original instruments, stage costumes, films, videos, and other memorabilia. It offers educational outreach programs to at-risk youth.

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The Blues Hall of Fame is a music museum established in 1980 by the Blues Foundation. It is dedicated to people who have documented, recorded, or performed blues music. Since 1980 Induction ceremonies have been held here. Among the well-known inductees are B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Bessie Smith, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Billy Holiday, Etta James, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, Bonnie Raitt, Little Richard, and many others.

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The Memphis Zoo was established in 1906 and is located in Overton Park. The zoo features more than 3,500 animals that represent over 500 species.

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The animals are separated into three zones with 19 exhibits.

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The East Zone has the exhibits African Veldt, Crocodile Cove, and Teton Trek. Central Zone features Animals of the Night, Commercial Appeal Cat Country, and Primate Canyon. The West Zone has the Aquarium, Once Upon a Farm, and the Tropical Bird House. The zoo has many educational outreach programs.

 

 

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Knoxville on the Tennessee River

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Knoxville is a city that sits on the Tennessee River in eastern Tennessee.

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World’s Fair Park was the place where the 1982 World’s Fair was held. It later became one of the best-loved attractions in the city.

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The park has grassy knolls, fountains, and paved paths for walking. In the summertime, this is the place where you can cool off in the fountains and geysers while enjoying live music events.

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The Sunsphere in the World’s Fair Park will give you fantastic views across the city, the Tennessee River and the Smokey Mountains from the observations deck. This 266 ft. high hexagonal steel truss structure, topped by a 75 ft. gold-colored glass sphere was the symbol of the 1982 World’s Fair.

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The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture has Monty the dinosaur on the front lawn welcoming visitors. It offers visitors the chance to get to learn about the local history and archeological background of Tennessee.

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The Tennessee Theater dates back to 1928. It was built in the Spanish-Moorish style. Inside you can find the original crystal chandeliers, marble floors, and Asian textiles.

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This is the best place to see classic films and Broadway shows and to listen to musical concerts. You can find Knoxville Opera performances here and listen to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

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The Mabry-Hazen House Museum sits atop beautiful Mabry Hill. It was the home of one of the most famous families living in Knoxville. It dates back to 1858 and has a large collection of antiques that once belonged to the family. The house was also used by the Union and Confederate forces and played a key role in the Civil War.

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Knoxville Zoo is home to more than 900 animals. You can see species from all over the world and see such exotic animals as the Komodo dragons and Khaleesi.

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There are animal encounter sessions where you can get up close to the wildlife.

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Among the other attractions here are the splash pad, a theater, and a carousel.

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Old City is the name given to the historic downtown area of Knoxville. Here you can find small coffee houses, art galleries, and enjoy the restaurants. In the evenings you can find live music playing here. This area has some of the most historically significant and oldest buildings in the city.

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Ijams Nature Center originally began as a sanctuary for birds. Today it includes 300 acres of land and has become a wildlife preserve and an educational center. It is located 3 miles from the city and puts you in a world with creeks, groves, and hiking trails. There is a rock climbing section and if you like you can take a canoe ride.

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Blount Mansion is a home that once belonged to William Blount who was known for signing the U.S. Constitution and for being the Governor of the Southwest Territory. The house dates back to 1792. Today it is a museum with displays about the history of the house and the city.

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The Market Square Farmer’s Market is located in

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historic Market Square where local vendors sell many different things including cooked dishes.

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James White Fort is the home of James White the founder of Knoxville. You can learn about frontier life and enjoy the displays showing cooking, spinning, and the blacksmith trade.

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This is a working life museum which also offers special events during holidays.

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The Knoxville Museum of Art displays art from the Tennessee area. The artwork is from well-known artists from all over the state and from coming talent.

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The Muse Knoxville is a favorite among children. It is a facility that consists of art and science galleries and has themed educational sections like construction, nutrition, and science. Children enjoy interactive exhibits. It also includes a great planetarium.

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The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame has memorabilia from 139 inductees into the Hall of Fame. There are also interactive displays and basketball courts where you can try your own basketball skills.

 

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Chattanooga Tennessee

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Our armchair travels have taken up to the U.S. state of Tennessee. This is a landlocked state that is bordered by eight states – Kentucky and Virginia to the north, North Carolina to the east, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to the south, and Arkansas and Missouri along the Mississippi River to the west.

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Our travels begin in Chattanooga in southeastern Tennessee. In an idyllic setting along the Tennessee River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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One of the most popular parks is the Tennessee Riverpark which begins at the Chickamauga Dam and stretches its way for the next ten miles along the Tennessee River to downtown Chattanooga.

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The park is well-lit and has beautifully landscaped grounds You can come here to relax and enjoy the river views There are six fishing piers and a boat ramp from which you can get out on the river by boat or canoe. You can see different species of birds. All along the paths in the park are public art pieces.

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Coolidge Park is located on the north shore of Chattanooga and is a popular waterfront park. There are wide open spaces, great views of the Tennessee River and the Walnut Street Bridge. It is part of the Tennessee Riverwalk.

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The historic 100-year-old carousel here is one of the park’s best well-known features. There is also an interactive water fountain and a rock climbing area.

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The Walnut St. Bridge is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. It connects the north shore of the Tennessee River to downtown Chattanooga. It was built in 1890 and stands 2,376 feet high and was the first non-military bridge across the Tennessee River. It was closed to all motor vehicles in 1978 and today hosts a variety of events like Wine Over Water a wine tasting event and the Riverbend Country Music Festival.

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Lookout Mountain is a mountain ridge that is located along the southern border of Tennessee with awesome views of the Chattanooga Valley.

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Here you’ll find Ruby Falls, one of the world’s most amazing cave waterfalls. It’s the largest American underground waterfall. Guided tours lead you through the cavern with unusual rock formations.

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Outside you can have fantastic views from the Lookout Mountain Tower.

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Take a ride on the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway which played an important role in the Civil War. At the top of the mountain are sites where famous battles were fought. Of interest are places of natural beauty like the Natural Bridge, Lula Lake, Whiteside Park, and others.

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The Tennessee Aquarium has amazing sea creatures like Volkswagen-sized catfish, giant freshwater stingrays, powerful Arapaima, and strange-looking Wallago catfish. You can also see electrifying jellyfish and playful otters.

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The main focus of the aquarium is to introduce people to the above and underwater life of Tennessee which has some of the richest freshwater fauna in the country with over 320 fish species. The aquarium has two buildings where visitors can follow the water path from its mountain source to the sea.

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You’ll find the Raccoon Mountain Caverns just outside of Chattanooga. This mysterious cave system has over 5 ½ miles of passageways.

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Visitors can choose to take the Crystal Palace Tour for 45-minutes or one of the popular and exciting cave expeditions. Some of the adventures here include panning for gemstones, taking a go-cart ride, enjoying a campfire and thrilling to the views of the Lookout and Raccoon Mountains.

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Hunter Museum of American Art is located in the Bluff View Art District. It sits on an 80-foot bluff with great views of downtown Chattanooga and the Tennessee River. The art collection is housed in a 1904 Classical Revival mansion that was designed by the son of the  20th US President James A. Garfield. Many of the works of art come from the Hudson River School. You can see American impressionism, modernism, and more. There are different educational programs for both children and adults.

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The Bluff View Art District is a historic area with many art galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, courtyards, and gardens.

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The Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center is home to different kinds of plants and animals. The Visitor Center has a library, a canoe training area, and play areas for children like the Red Wolf area and Snake Tale Alley.

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Here you’ll find about 14 miles of hiking trails that take you through meadows and mountain slopes. There are a blue heron boardwalk, a butterfly garden, the Mollie Nelson Garden, and the Arboretum with examples of plants native to the southeastern U.S. The center also features educational programs and tours.

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Audubon Acres and McClellan Island are Chattanooga’s oldest wildlife sanctuaries. The 130 acre Elise Chapin Wildlife Sanctuary at Audubon Acres is the headquarters of the Chattanooga Audubon Society and includes a Visitors Center, the South Chickamauga Creek, the Cherokee Arboretum,

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and the Spring Frog Cabin.

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There are over four miles of walking and hiking trails. McClellan Island or McClellan Sanctuary is officially known as Audubon island located in the middle of the Tennessee River. It is accessed only by water.

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Gallery 1401 can be found in the heart of the city’s Southside neighborhood. It was established in 1998 and represents over 40 well-established nationally and internationally known artists. You can see collections that range from contemporary realism and impressionism to classical styles.

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There are artworks made from paper, board, glass, and sculptures. Visitors delight in seeing original oils, watercolors, collage, bronze, drawings, photos, and hand-blown glass. The gallery also plays host to celebrations and special events.

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Take a unique look at Chattanooga from the Southern Bell River Boat, “The Pride of the South”. It was built in 1985 and has a capacity of 450 passengers. It offers cruises every day. The cruises are narrated and include lunch. You can enjoy the scenery and learn about local history. Special cruises include the Pilot House Tour, the Sunset Tour and various Dinner cruises with music and dancing  The riverboat can be hired for group events.

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The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum was founded as part of the National Railway Historical Society in 1960 to save historic steam locomotives. The museum includes a reconstructed rail like that runs a heritage railroad. Passengers can take a ride through the Whiteside Tunnel which is also known as the Missionary Ridge Tunnel. Among the historic steam locomotives are the Southern Railway 4501 and the Baldwin 349. The museum offers school field trips and hosts birthday parties.

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The Chattanooga Market is an art, crafts, and farmers’ market in the open-air First Tennessee Pavilion on Carter Street. It is open every Sunday from April to December. It also hosts weekend events like celebrity chef competitions, the Holiday Market art event, Oktoberfest, Bluegrass celebrations and more.

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The Chattanooga Zoo is a 13-acre zoo in Warner Park. There are several exhibits with one of the most popular Himalayan Passage, hosting the world’s largest indoor red panda exhibit. Also in this exhibit are Hanuman langurs and snow leopards.

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The Gombe Forest is home to many chimpanzees. It’s an indoor/outdoor facility with the Donovan Interpretive Center.

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The Tennessee Stillhouse is a micro-brewery and tasting room in downtown Chattanooga.

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It is located opposite the historic Chattanooga Choo Choo.

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It was the first legal distillery in the city and is part lab and part museum. There are tours available. They use old whiskey barrels from pre-Prohibition times.

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The International Towing and Recovery Museum displays restored antique equipment form the tow truck industry and antique wreckers. You can also see related equipment, tools, toys, and pictorial histories.

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It includes the Wall of the Fallen a memorial that is dedicated to those who lost their lives in the line of service.

 

 

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Kentucky Off the Beaten Path

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Pennyrile State Resort Park located in Dawson Spring is a quiet and peaceful resort which is scenically situated overlooking a small lake and beach. The park has been named for an aromatic wildflower known as Pennyroyal. These wonderful wildflowers blanket hillsides here and begin to burst forth in small lilac-blue blossoms come May.

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The Pennyrile Lodge was built from native stone and is surrounded by flowering shrubs along with the fringe tree which gives off a delicate scent.

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During the summers many swimmers are attracted to the 55-acre lake which has sandy beaches and a bathhouse complex. Visitors can rent both rowboats and paddle boats. For those who enjoy fishing four miles down the road from the park is Lake Beshear which offers crappies, largemouth bass, channel catfish and bluegills.

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There are several trails including one for horseback riders so that visitors to this park can enjoy taking long strolls and can also take a walk through the adjacent 15,000-acre forest. The forest is home to white-tailed deer and wild turkeys which can be seen quite often. Some other residents are bobcats but they are not seen often.

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Among the bird population, there are cardinals, wrens, and mourning doves that fill the forest with their songs. Within the park, there is also a riding stable, a nine-hole golf course, two tennis courts, and two playgrounds. The lovely picnic area overlooks the lake and has tables and grills. In a more remote part, one can find campsites which offer water and electricity hook-ups.

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Main Strasse Village can be found in Covington. A group of German settlers came to the area at the end of the 18th century and like what they saw so much that they established the town of Covington on the banks of the Ohio River. Today this peaceful town has become a bustling, modern metropolis. As the years went by a lot of the older neighborhoods fell into disrepair.

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Then in the 1970s, a plan was set up to restore a 30-block section of town which dated back to the 1830s and at this time the Carroll Chimes Tower was built.

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This section is now called Main Strasse Village and the tall, narrow, closely built buildings reflect their German origins. This area has many arts, crafts, and antique shops and among other restaurants and pubs, the cafe Strasse Haus offers German and American dishes.

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The Carroll Chimes Tower is part of Goebel Park. It is a 100-foot clock tower built of brick in traditional German medieval style. There is an illuminated clock on all four sides of the square top of the tower and is capped off by a peaked roof. The carillon of 43 bells strikes each hour as animated figures step out onto a balcony and you can see the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin reenacted.

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Opposite the clock tower is a mall which has a center row of linden trees ending at a fountain which has been decorated by a statue of a goose girl. However, this village is not a museum it is an area where residents of Covington live but has the charm and appearance that is associated with the Old World as it was in the 19th century.

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Mill Springs Grist Mill – This mill has been part of this steep and wooded hillside in Monticello since the early 1800s. However, the present mill found here dates back from 1877 and in 1912 a 40-foot iron overshot waterwheel was added and is thought to be one of the largest in this world. Thirteen springs provide power for the mill as they come together to form a stream which then runs down the hillside into a large pipe that leads on to the waterwheel. The mill building itself is a large, white clapboard structure which has a stone foundation and it overlooks Lake Cumberland.

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By way of a walkway, you can get under the mill to take a look at the wheel and the main drive shaft. The belts go running to the upper floor where the corn gets ground and you can purchase the ground cornmeal at the gift shop. This place has its own bit of history as well.

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On January 19, 1862, here at Mill Springs began the battle of the Kentucky-Tennessee campaign during the Civil War. It was a conflict which ended with a victory for the Union troops. Here you can still see upon a hillside overlooking the mill the Lanier House which was once the home of the early mill owner and served as Confederate headquarters. It is listed on the Register of National Historic Places.

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You’ll find a path which leads from the mill to the Mill Springs Park on Cumberland Lake where you’ll find picnic areas and a boat dock. Throughout the park are several scenic hiking trails.

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Duncan Tavern located in Paris, Kentucky. The tavern stands three stories high and is made of gray Kentucky limestone. It faces the Paris public square which dates back to the days when this area was still a part of Virginia. This tavern was built in 1788 by Major Joseph Duncan. When the major died he left behind a wife Anne Duncan and six small children. His wife was unable to take care of the 20 room tavern leased it and built an adjoining log and clapboard structure which is now known as the Anne Duncan House.

Since the tavern was located near the Bourbon County Courthouse where many lawsuits over land claims were presented Duncan Tavern became a place for gatherings of distinguished early Americans such as Daniel Boone and Michael Stoner. Then in 1940 the tavern and the adjoining house were taken in trust by the Kentucky Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. All the buildings were restored and furnished with antiques. All of the carpets, silver, china, paintings, carvings and furniture date before 1820.

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Enjoying the Beauty of Kentucky

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The Daniel Boone National Forest in Winchester stretches through 21 counties in eastern Kentucky. There are sandstone cliffs, gorges, and ravines that have been cut by rivers and streams. The Natural Bridge is 65 feet high and 75 feet wide.

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The rock formations in the park have been created by the erosive forces of wind and water. There are many different trails to choose from The Sheltowee Trail is the largest and goes for 273 miles through this forest. The Barren Folk Accessible Heritage Trail is a paved trail closest to Whitley City and it tells the history of Barren Folk Mining and Coal and the people who lived in the isolated mining town.

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In the Daniel Boone National Forest, you’ll also find the Red River Gorge which is famous for its natural stone arches. It has become one of the world’s most popular rock climbing spots. Rock climbers had nicknamed it “Red”. Sky Bridge in the Red River Gorge was featured in the 1955 movie “The Kentuckian” starring Burt Lancaster.

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Cumberland Gap National Historic Park in southeastern Kentucky extends into the Cumberland Gap. This is a 760-foot-deep cut through the range that was used by Native Indians as a traffic route and was discovered by pioneer heading west in the mid-18th century. The Visitor Center is located in Middleboro and has an interactive museum. Visitors can take a tour of the Hensley Settlement, a well-preserved old country township by shuttle from the visitor center.

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There are guided hiking tours of Gap Cave and to Pinnacle Overview, where you can have spectacular views of the area at an altitude of 2460 feet.

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The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park in Hodgenville is located on the former site of Sinking Springs Farm. It was established by the 16th US President’s father, Thomas Lincoln.

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The Memorial Building was completed in 1911 and contains the Symbolic Birth Cabin, which is a replica of the one-room house where Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809.

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This neo-Classical building was constructed of Tennessee marble and pink granite from Connecticut. There are 56 steps representing Lincoln’s age at this time of death. You can also see Sinking Spring, a natural water source where the water disappears back into the earth below.

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Statue of Abraham Lincoln in downtown Hodgenville.

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The Mammoth Cave can be found in the “Land of 10,000 Sinks” or the Caveland Corridor, in southwestern Kentucky about 80 miles south of Louisville. This is one of the world’s largest known cave systems.

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The highlights here are the Mammoth Dome rising 200 feet high

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and the Ruins of Karnak, named for its massive limestone columns making it resemble a ruined temple,

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the Snowball Dining Room has unusual rock formations

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and the Frozen Niagara, with fantastic stalactites and stalagmites.

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Visitors also enjoy the lovely Crystal Lake.

After you have explored the cave you can enjoy camping, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, biking, hiking, and horseback riding in the Mammoth Cave National Park.

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The Cumberland Falls State Resort Park is known as the “Niagara of the South”. The waterfall drops 68 feet into Cumberland River. Under a full moon, it shows the only “moonbow” in the western hemisphere. There are various walking trails to take and you can also enjoy camping, swimming, birding, and fishing. Visitors can take guided horseback rides, rafting trips, and flume mining. There is a full-service restaurant for refreshments and a gift shop for hand-made souvenirs.

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Shaker Village is an open-air village with 34 original buildings from Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg. It shows the traditional lifestyle of Shakers.

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The buildings have handmade furniture and everyday items from the 1800s. It hosts craft demonstrations and events all year long.

 

You can visit the farm, meet the animals and learn about how Shakers farmed. Hayrides can be taken. On the grounds is a wildlife preserve with 40 miles of hiking trails and offers naturalist-guided programs.

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The Newport Aquarium shows aquatic life through an extensive system of acrylic tunnels. In the Amazon Tunnel, you can see the massive Arapaima swimming in a river along a flooded Amazon forest floor. There is lots of coral life with unicorn fish, honeycomb moray eels, and cownose rays.

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In the Surrounded by Sharks exhibit, you come face to face with these predators. The Dangerous and Deadly Exhibit shows piranha and Gila monsters.

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Gator Alley offers big alligators. There is a lot to see and the aquarium puts on shows and presentation all through the day.

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Dog Slaughter Falls is one of Kentucky’s best-known natural sights. This is a 15-foot waterfall. You can get great views of the falls from the Dog Slaughter Falls Trail. It is an ideal spot for dog-walking. You can see hemlock and rhododendrons along the trail.

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Breaks Interstate Park is also known as the Grand Canyon of the South and stretches along the border of Kentucky and Virginia. It is known for being home to the deepest gorge east of the Mississippi. The first explorer here was Daniel Boone.

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Kentucky Lake is one of the largest man-made artificial lakes in the U.S. It offers fantastic sunsets. It is popular for bass and crappie fishing.

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The land between Kentucky Lake and neighboring Lake Barkley is home to an elk and bison prairie.

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The Pinnacles of Berea offer some of the best hiking trails in the state and in all of the South. Along the main trail, you can find lovely wildflowers. It is a 6.6-mile long trail that takes around three to four hours to complete. The trail is accessible from April to October and dogs are welcome. To get some of the best views try the West Pinnacle

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Indian Fort Mountain

and Indian Fort Outlook.

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Bardstown is famous around the world for its bourbon with five bourbon distilleries

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among them Heaven Hill, Maker’s Mark, and Jim Beam.

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Of interest are The Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, The Kentucky Railway Museum,

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Civil War Village

and The Civil War Museum.

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Take the time to see Wickland, a private residence once the home of three Kentucky Governors. Public tours are available.

 

https://www.planetware.com/tourist-attractions/kentucky-usky.htm

https://www.thecrazytourist.com/most-beautiful-places-to-visit-in-kentucky/

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