4 Fun Tennessee Roadside Attractions
From the Great Smoky Mountains to the glitz and glam of Nashville, Tennessee is loaded with delightful attractions. Here’s a look at four fun pit stops for your next trip through the Volunteer State.
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The Titanic Museum (Pigeon Forge)
An ill-fated giant luxury liner isn’t something you’d expect to see in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, so why not pull over and check it out? Step inside and discover an immersive (excuse the pun) museum all about this massive ship, complete with authentic artifacts and replicas of the cabins. You can even climb the famous Grand Staircase and dip your hand into some bitterly cold, 28-degree ocean water to see what the shipwrecked people endured.
The Lane Motor Museum (Nashville)
You might think a Nashville car museum would feature the sparkling cars of country music superstars — not wacky, weird, and wonderfully absurd concept cars from days gone by. But those misfit cars take center stage at the Lane Motor Museum. From the all-wood Martin Stationette to a car with an airplane propeller, the Lane Motor Museum showcases some of the wildest ideas in automotive design.
The Sunsphere (Knoxville)
Constructed for the 1982 World’s Fair, this shining symbol of Knoxville was once home to a full-service restaurant and an observation deck. While the impressive building went unoccupied when the fair ended until it was renovated and reopened for public use in 2007. Now, it’s a convention center, a host for businesses, and a free tourist attraction. Check out the observation deck for an unforgettable 360-degree view of the city.
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Kimiko Kidd is a native Daytonian. She graduated from Wright State University with degrees in environmental science and sociology. She loves her trusty old Honda Civic, but dreams of owning a 1974 Ford Falcon XB with a custom paint job and a vintage Kawasaki Z1000. In her free time, Kimiko can be found watercolor-painting, baking muffins, collecting rocks, playing old-school Nintendo games, writing her novel, sewing stuffed animals, and cosplaying as her favorite Mad Max characters. See more articles by Kimiko.