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Nature At It's Best

Tennessee is a long, narrow state with 8 other states on its borders...to the north is Kentucky & Virginia; to its south is Georgia, Alabama, & Mississippi; to its east is North Carolina; and to its west is Missouri & Arkansas.

Its name derives from an Indian word "TANASIE", which was the name of a Cherokee village on the Little Tennessee River.

This lenghty state, shaped like a finger pointing east, is really like three states in one.

TheWestern border is "squiggly" because it butts up against the Mississippi River. The area lies between the Mississippi River & the Tennessee River, the same river that's in East Tennessee! How is that possible? Well, the river makes a big loop.

This area is really part of a large U.S. region called the Gulf Coastal Plain, which extends from the Gulf of Mexico north to southern Illinois. A part of West Tennessee is called "the Delta". The river makes the soil in the Delta perfect for farming.

Beautiful Reelfoot Lake lies in the northwestern corner of the state. Memphis, Tennessee's largest city, stands on the banks of the Mississippi, and high bluffs overlook the river south of the city.

The Middle section of the state is called the Great Valley of Tennessee It's in the shape of a bowl with a high rim around its edge. The bottom of this "bowl" consists of rolling farmland where the famed Tennessee Walking Horse resides. The state capital and major city of this area is Nashville with the Cumberland River winding through downtown. Nashville is Tennessee's second-largest city

Then comes the Eastern portion of the state with high, rugged mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain chain.

The Great Smoky Mountains run through this part of Tennessee.
Chattanooga is in the East Tennessee mountains, & Lookout Mountain is at the south end of the city. Knoxville is also in this area & is, today, the state's third largest city. Tennessee's oldest town, Jonesborough is also in the east.

These "three states in one state" make for interesting diversity in this state with two slogans:"Volunteer State" & Nature at Its Best".

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful mountains, valleys, and cities.
  • Cons:None
  • In a nutshell:Tennessee really is "Nature at Its Best!"
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  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Sep 3, 2010 at 11:40 AM

    Although I had heard of some of these places I had never appreciated that there was so much to see and do in this one state. It sounds well worth a visit. And I never knew Casey Jones was a real person!

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Hello, Dee! Thanks for your wonderful virtual tour of Tennessee!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    Oh wow, Tennessee seems to be a very overlooked state! It is all music in my ears now! I would love to explore Great Smoky Mountains and see their winterfest :-)) And the caves and eat barbecue!!

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Oct 30, 2009 at 6:20 AM

    Guess Sam had a darned good ear! Thanks for the new tip.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    I have always wanted to see the Parthenon in Nashville. Its like a hidden treasure that many folks do not know about. Thanks for sharing such a fabulous page Dee. You always do such a excellent 5 stars job!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2009 at 5:34 AM

    I like your Sun Studio update, but only one of the links still works (Jerry Lee Louis). The others have been removed from YouTube "due to terms of use violation."

  • Aug 17, 2009 at 4:22 AM

    Famous place and state in USA

  • Dec 8, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    It's obvious that you love Tennessee. Excellent tips about Tennessee. Loved the hotel tips. A beautiful state and great presentation

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Dee : great Smokey mountains np is on our summer 2009 list. we are still planning for it. lot of relatives and acquaintances are asking us to go canada full time in 2009 though :-)

  • margaretvn's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2008 at 4:22 AM

    great pages I really enjoyed it. I am researching for our coming trip to the States (in october)

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