A shallow rectangle, only one hundred miles from north to south, TENNESSEE
stretches 450 miles from the Mississippi to the Appalachians, and divides into three distinct regions.
The marshy western
third of the state occupies a low plateau edging down toward the Mississippi. Only in the far southwest corner do the bluffs rise high enough to permit a sizeable riverside settlement - the exhilarating port of Memphis
.Tennessee's largest city is a magnet for music fans, as the birthplace of urban blues and long-time home of Elvis
Make sure to visit Graceland
The fine plantation homes and tidy old towns of middle Tennessee
's rolling farmland reflect the comfortable lifestyle of its pioneers; smack at the heart of this is Nashville
, still country music's
capital, despite upstart competition from Branson and Myrtle Beach.
The mountainous east
shares its top attraction with North Carolina - the peaks, streams and meadows of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Tennessee's first white settlers, most of them British Protestants, arrived from across the mountains in the 1770s to settle in the hills and hollows of the Appalachians. Initially relations with the Cherokee
However, demand for land increased, and confrontations throughout the state culminated in 1838 with the forced removal of the Indians on the "Trail of Tears."