Tennessee’s major tourist traps, i.e. Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Graceland, etc., are packed and pricey during the summer’s peak tourist season. Other Hotspots like Nashville are pretty crowded too. Tennessee’s parks and wilderness area’s are less obnoxious during the height of the peak season, but off-season travel is still a less troublesome option. Winter is the slowest time in much of the state, with the notable exception of those parts of the mountains where skiing and winter-based activities draw snow-lovers in droves.
State Abbreviation: TN
State Capital: Nashville
Largest City: Memphis
Area: 42,146 square miles (36th biggest state in the USA)
Tennessee Population: 5,900,962 (as of 2004)
Major Industries: mining, electrical power, enriched uranium production, music, automobile manufacturing, farming, walking horses, tourism
Tennessee Rivers: Tennessee River, Mississippi River, Cumberland River, Clinch River, Duck River
Tennessee Lakes: Kentucky Lake, Norris Lake, Chickamauga Lake, Cherokee Lake, Tims Ford Reservoir
Highest Point: Clingmans Dome 6,643 feet above sea level
Origin of the Name: from a Cherokee village in the region is called "Tanasie."
State Nickname: The Volunteer State
State Motto: "Agriculture and Commerce"
State Songs: My Homeland Tennessee, The Tennessee Waltz, When It's Iris Time in Tennessee, My Tennessee, Rocky Top, Tennessee, and The Pride of Tennessee.