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Tennessee, USA — visiting The Volunteer State

Tennessee, USA - photo: Elvis Home Graceland in Memphis
Tennessee, USA – photo: Elvis Home Graceland in Memphis

Tennessee in a nutshell

Three Regions of Tennessee

The three stars on Tennessee’s state flag represent the three glorious regions in our beautiful state.

West Tennessee – Enlivened by river towns and gracious Southern hospitality, West Tennessee is also host to the second most visited home in the United States, Graceland, home to Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n Roll.

Middle Tennessee – Holds the thriving state capital, along with horse farms and picturesque rural communities. Also home to the longest running radio show in the world, the Grand Ole Opry and the NFL’s Tennessee Titans and NHL’s Predators.

East Tennessee – Offers an Appalachian holiday with spectacular mountains and homefolk as colorful as autumn leaves in the Smokies. Headlined by two internationally known aquariums and the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Top 10 Must See Visitor Attractions in Tennessee

  • Dollywood, Pigeon Forge
  • Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Gatlinburg
  • Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol
  • Ober Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg
  • Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga
  • Memphis Zoo, Memphis
  • Casey Jones Village, Jackson
  • Golf & Games Family Park, Memphis
  • Graceland, Memphis
  • Grand Ole Opry House & Opry Museum, Nashville
  • Jack Daniels, Lynchburg

Major Cities

  • Memphis population ca. 650 k
  • Nashville population ca. 600 k
  • Knoxville population ca. 178 k
  • Chattanooga pop. 167 k

Weather, Climate & Temperatures

Tennessee has a generally mild climate while enjoying the beauty of four distinct seasons.

  • Average summer temperatures 89 F to 67.5 F
  • Average winter temperatures 49.4 F to 30.4 F
  • Average annual rainfall 49.69 inches
  • Average annual snowfall 5.6 inches in Memphis; 16 inches in NE Tennessee

Average temperatures in Nashville, Tennessee, in Fahrenheit and (Celsius):

Jan49 (9,4)31 (-0,6)
Feb51 (10,5)33 (0,6)
Mar59 (15)35 (1,7)
Apr71 (21,6)48 (8,8)
May80 (26,6)57 (13,9)
Jun88 (31)66 18,8)
Jul91 (32,7)70 (21,1)
Aug90 (32,2)68 (20)
Sep85 (29,4)61 (16,1)
Oct74 (23,3)49 (9,4)
Nov59 (15)38 (3,3)
Dec50 (10)32 (0)

State Data & Essentials

Tennessee Flag

State Name
Tennessee  – State Abbr.: TN
– Statehood Ranking: 16
Land Area
41,217 square miles  (106,748 qkm)
– Land Area Ranking: 34
6,346,105 (2010 Census); 5,689,283 (2000 Census)
Biggest City
The Volunteer State
Agriculture and Commerce
Highest Point
2.025 m / 6,644 ft (Clingmans Dome)
Lowest Point
55 m / 180 ft (Mississippi River)
Daylight Saving Time: yes
Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron Tulipifera)
Iris (Genus Iridaceae)
Mockingbird (genus Mimus polyglottos)
Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
5 State Songs: My Homeland, Tennessee / When It’s Iris Time in Tennessee / My Tennessee / Tennessee Waltz / Rocky Top


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