Nestled in the foothills of eastern Tennessee's lush Great Smoky Mountains, charming Loudon was once a busy Tennessee River steamship port and has a nice, walkable downtown.
In the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee, Maryville has won national attention for its rich quality of life. It boasts outstanding outdoor recreation, a healthy menu of cultural events, a good hospital and tidy, safe neighborhoods.
The leafy town of Mt. Juliet is just outside of Nashville in north central Tennessee. Well managed and well kept, it has grown by 500% within the last decade or two.
Pretty Lake Providence is a gated 50+ community built by Del Webb, which is a division of Pulte Homes. This development began in 2006, with finishing touches ending in 2016, and has nearly 1,100 single family homes and town homes. It has been one of the fastest selling master planned communities in Tennessee.
Home to the University of the South, cozy Sewanee sits atop the Cumberland Plateau in pretty south central Tennessee.
On top of Walden Ridge in the Cumberland Plateau, Signal Mountain has a country feeling and a kind of mountain mystique.
In rolling Middle Tennessee, Smyrna is quiet and reasonably priced with neighborhoods that are safe and leafy. Percy Priest Lake, 10,000 acres of sparkling water, is just outside of town and where many residents spend their time boating, fishing and camping. All of this makes Smyrna a great retirement spot!
The state's nickname was born in the War of 1812 when a contingent of volunteer soldiers fought valiantly at the Battle of New Orleans. The Volunteer State was the 16th to enter the Union on June 1, 1796. Today, it may be best known as the home of blues and country music. Its largest cities, Memphis and Nashville, have hosted the best in both genres from Muddy Waters and B. B. King to Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton.
Tennessee is only 112 miles wide, but its longitudinal borders stretch from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi River. It contains 41,200 square miles of land and 926 square miles of water. Main land regions include the Blue Ridge, the Appalachian Ridge, the Cumberland Plateau, the Nashville Basin, and the Gulf Coastal Plain. Clingman's Dome, the state's highest point, is in the Blue Ridge. Weather throughout is generally mild. Winter and spring are the rainiest seasons. Hazardous storms are rare.
Farmland spreads over 44% of the state. Beef cattle and calves are top agricultural products. Tennessee's manufacturing industry produces processed foods, transportation equipment, and chemicals. Tourism is also a driving force.
Nashville's Grand Ole Opry began in 1925 as the WSM Barn Dance. It's one of the state's most popular attractions and remains on the record books as the longest running radio show in the U.S. Named after a city in Egypt, Memphis is home to Sun Studio and Elvis Presley's Graceland.
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