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Tennessee Staycation: 7 Fun Things to Do While Staying Close to Home

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 10:40 AM

Known for its agriculture, commerce and Nashville, the country music capital of the world, Tennessee has plenty to offer families planning a staycation. From Dollywood to the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, the Volunteer State has something for everyone.

Here are seven fun things to do in Tennessee:

1. Dollywood: Located near Pigeon Forge, this renowned attraction has been recognized as one of the world's best theme parks, offering rides, live shows, restaurants and seasonal festivals.

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2. Grand Ole Opry: Located in Nashville, this weekly country music concert event has had some of the biggest stars perform on stage. Considered to be one of the longest running radio broadcast in history, families on a staycation can relax while listening to their favorite country song. "Awesome to be part of a show that still goes live on radio," writes a reviewer on TripAdvisor. "The acoustics are amazing and the seats are great, close to the stage. The best part is that with one ticket, you can go to a night where you see 4-5 different artists, each one presenting a couple of songs. You won't be disappointed!"

3. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Located in Nashville, the museum's core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music, visitors are immersed in the history and sounds of country music, its origins and traditions and the stories and voices of many of its honored architects. The story is revealed through artifacts, photographs, and text panels, with a rich overlay of recorded sound, vintage video, and interactive touchscreens.

4. Graceland Mansion: Located in Memphis, Elvis fans can explore inside his famed estate and follow in the same steps as Elvis himself through a multimedia iPad tour narrated by John Stamos. Also featuring commentary and stories by Elvis and his daughter, Lisa Marie. See where Elvis lived, relaxed and spent time with his friends and family.

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5. Memphis Zoo: Located in Midtown Memphis, families on a staycation can spend an entire day exploring more than 3,500 animals representing over 500 different species. Highlights include Cat Country, Penguin Rock, Primate Canyon and African Veldt.

6. Great Smoky Mountains National ParkLocated in Gatlinburg and considered America's most visited national park, families can enjoy a day of hiking or camping. Discover a wondrous diversity of animal and plant life and the stunning beauty of ancient mountains.

7. LeConte Lodge: Mount LeConte is considered the third highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and LeConte Lounge. The lodge is located near the summit at 6,360 feet elevation. Visitors can bond with the environment and enjoy the breathtaking views.

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