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East Tennessee is the birthplace of country music and home to some of the best attractions in the state, including the Tennessee Aquarium, Dollywood and the Smoky Mountains. Add the Smoky Mountain Car Museum, Lookout Mountain, spelunking in forbidden caverns and white-water rafting to your list of activities as well.
Head to Lookout Mountain, which rises more than 2,100 feet above Chattanooga, to get an amazing view. You’ll be able to see Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama from the peak - talk about a view from the top.
Adventure seekers will get a thrill on these white-water rafting trips through the Nolichucky Canyon and some of the deepest gorges this side of the Mississippi River. Be prepared to get soaked.
Dollywood, a grand amusement park, calls itself “the friendliest town in the Smokies.” It’s certainly the most fun town in the Smokies, with 40 musical shows daily as well as more than 30 rides and attractions.
Car lovers will drool over the more than 30 specialty vehicles on display at the Smoky Mountain Car Museum. You’ll see James Bond’s “007” Aston Martin, Al Capone’s bulletproof Cadillac and Elvis Presley’s Mercedes, among others.
Tennessee boasts more caves than any other state. Check out Ruby Falls-Lookout Mountain Caverns, which will bring you through dazzling formations, towering natural chimneys, various grottos and a crystal-clear stream.