Back again with another addition to KPG
Healthcare’s Travel Series and this week, we are focusing on Tennessee, aka the
Did you know Tennessee is home to the one and only
Dollywood? Dollywood is named after American songwriter, Dolly Parton, and is a
world-class theme park nestled in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains with
award-winning shows and fun times for all ages.
We are proud to offer Travel Nursing assignments
throughout Tennessee, so continue reading about some of the many awesome cities
Nashville is more than just food and music events,
head over to Cheekwood Estate &
Gardens for beautiful
gardens and even greater trails for exploration. Cheekwood currently has the Chihuly Exhibits until January 2021, which is comprised of two
massive glass art sculptures. If gardens aren’t your thing, there is still
plenty to do within the city limits like museums, a wild nightlife
scene and art galleries
for the creatives. Wherever you go in Nashville, you will find something
awesome to do.
Home of the Blues, Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Memphis
is a perfect destination for delicious food (we are talking BBQ galore and
more), a glowing nightlife, a rich history of music and plenty of great outdoor
Memphis has an incredible food scene that fuels
the soul, but the star of the show is none other than Memphis Barbecue. Did you
know Memphis is home to over 100 barbecue restaurants?? Yes, you read that
correctly. While every state and region of the United States has its own
special take on barbecue, but here in Memphis, they tend to focus more on the
pig, more specifically pulled pork and a rack of ribs. In fact, BBQ is so big
in Memphis they host a World
Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest during the city’s Memphis in May festival. Make sure to check out some of these
great BBQ joints: Central BBQ, The
Bar-B-Q Shop, Corky’s BBQ, Jim’n
One of the great services the Memphis Travel and Tourism
website offers is a quiz to help determine what you should experience
during your stay in Memphis. It’s a great way to help get anyone started on
their journey through this great city.
Nestled along the Tennessee River, Knoxville is
the gateway into the Smoky Mountains. Strange enough, Knoxville is known as the
“Streaking Capital” for its numerous streaking events that occurred during the
If there’s anything to check out while in
Knoxville it will have to Gay
Street or Historic Old City. Gay Street played a pivotal in the cultural and
economic development of Knoxville. Gay Street runs through the vibrant downtown
that’s lined with historic theatres, museums, parks, shops, rooftop bars and
restaurants all within one square mile. Historic Old City also has a vibrant
nightlife scene with over 23 bars & nightclubs, 2 distilleries, a concert
hall, retail shops, coffee houses and plenty of restaurants to choose from for
those 2am “drunchies”. Did we mention parking in Old Town is always
If there’s one thing anyone should consider
visiting while in Knoxville is the one and only Dollywood! Dollywood is located about an hour southeast of
Knoxville and is nestled in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. As we mentioned in
the intro, Dollywood is a world-class amusement park, water park, and entertainment hub for visitors. Since its creation in 1986,
Dollywood has had visitors from all over the globe and remains a must-see in
“A Tale of Two Cities” is the perfect summation of
this city as its historic downtown sits between Tennessee and Virginia. Besides
being a city in two states, Bristol also offers visitors an incredible outdoor
recreation scene, a
booming music scene with the Birthplace of Country
Music Museum, and an awesome
downtown district full of shops, food and attractions.
Are you a NASCAR fan? You’re in luck because
Bristol is home to the Bristol Motor Speedway, one of the main attractions here in this small but
big city. The speedway also offers the option to camp when big races occur,
including events like Street Car Takeover, Pinty’s US Short Track Nationals,
and more. This speedway also offers a Dragway for those who are into drag racing.
While in Bristol, visitors should take a trip to
State Street, which runs through downtown and is split between Tennessee and Virginia,
to find plenty of restaurants, a walking
tour, plenty of shops and the historic Bristol sign. The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion is also hosted on State Street and is one of
the largest music festivals in the Southeast.
Choose Bristol if you’re looking for a unique city
with small-town vibes and an abundance of activities to partake in.
Best known for its beautiful natural surroundings,
Chattanooga offers visitors an array of activities to partake in. The city
offers great outdoor recreation, a 13-mile Riverwalk along the Tennessee River
that is scattered with attractions, food, shops and parks, and a thriving
nightlife and entertainment scene.
As we said, Chattanooga is great for outdoor
recreation with activities like rock climbing, paragliding, rope
courses, kayaking, gliding, river
rafting, and so much more.
If you can think it, Chattanooga will offer it. Lonely Planet names this city
the Best in the US for outdoor recreation in 2018. Did you know Chattanooga is
also home to the tallest and deepest underground waterfall? Ruby Falls is located deep inside Lookout Mountain and
has become of the most popular destinations in the Southeast with cave adventures and ziplining.
Besides a killer outdoor recreation lifestyle,
Chattanooga’s nightlife and entertainment scene is growing and glowing with
plenty of bars, clubs, distilleries and shows to choose from. If you’re into
Whiskey is the first
distillery to craft whiskey in over 100 years and offers visitors an experience
to see the process and, of course, a whiskey flight to sample some of the
award-winning whiskey. Don’t worry, there Chattanooga also offers a handful of
breweries for those craft enthusiasts like Terminal Brewhouse, Tap
House, and Chattanooga Brewing Co.
Chattanooga is an outdoor enthusiasts dream mixed
with good food, a growing nightlife, and plenty of memories to be made.
Tennessee sounds like an adventure of a lifetime
with so many great cities and activities to partake in. We only scratched the
surface of what the great state of Tennessee has to offer visitors and there is
so much more to see, eat, hear and experience. Travel Nurses, you should
definitely take one of the travel assignments we offer to fully experience the