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The state of Tennessee is located in the southern part of USA and is bordered by eight other states - Mississippi, Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia. Divided into 95 counties, Tennessee is the 36th largest and the 17th most populous state in the country. Nashville is the state capital and Memphis is the largest city. Chattanooga and Knoxville are the other major cities.
Though the landscape of the state shows great variation from east to west, the overall climate in Tennessee is temperate with moderate summers and mild winters. East Tennessee has the magnificent Great Smoky Mountains and the much talked about Appalachian Trail while Middle Tennessee has beautiful rolling hills and greenery. West Tennessee has several water bodies and hiking trails.
Five major rivers including the Mississippi and several lakes are part of the state topography. Reelfoot Lake is famous for the bald eagles that throng the area and Kentucky Lake draws people to its pristine waters ideal for water sports. 54 beautiful and extremely well maintained state parks provide extensive recreational opportunities for tourists of all ages and interests. Biking, boating, swimming, hiking, camping, golfing, fishing and horse riding are some of the many outdoor activity options.
Frozen Head Park in Knoxville is greatly admired for its wildlife and great hiking trails. Memphis draws millions of visitors to Graceland â€“ the home of the King of Rock and Roll â€“ Elvis Presley. Memphis is also historically important for the nation and the world as it was here in April 1968 that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. The Lorraine Motel where Dr. King was assassinated is now transformed into the National Civil Rights Museum and everyone can pay their respectful homage to the great civil rights campaigner.
Tennessee destinations are for sure â€˜soul stirringâ€™.