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Old 11-22-2016, 12:05 PM
 
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Hi,


I'm looking at visiting a state next year for a couple of weeks holiday and am thinking of Tennessee, however I don't know an awful lot about it.


I went to Texas for 3 weeks this year and absolutely loved it. Is Tennessee in any way similar?


Tourist attractions aren't really my thing, it's more about visiting new places and meeting new people, Texans were incredibly friendly, do people in Tennessee have the same 'southern hospitality' thing going on?


Finally, I'm 28 so enjoy going to bars, live music, American football etc - are the cities in Tennessee good for this? I know you have the Titans, not sure which college football teams you have?


Thanks in advance
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Old 11-22-2016, 01:43 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Hi,


I'm looking at visiting a state next year for a couple of weeks holiday and am thinking of Tennessee, however I don't know an awful lot about it.


I went to Texas for 3 weeks this year and absolutely loved it. Is Tennessee in any way similar? Horses and music? Lots of country folks and southern cooking and pick up trucks? but we don't have a funny twang like they do


Tourist attractions aren't really my thing, it's more about visiting new places and meeting new people, Texans were incredibly friendly, do people in Tennessee have the same 'southern hospitality' thing going on? Yeah, pretty much. People hold open doors, chat your ears off, call you ma'am or sir and will 'bless your heart' as needed, lol. Much more noticeable in smaller towns though.


Finally, I'm 28 so enjoy going to bars, live music, American football etc - are the cities in Tennessee good for this? I know you have the Titans, not sure which college football teams you have? A game at UTknoxville is a must if you come to TN https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...b6f3b2418a.jpg


Thanks in advance
Music could be an entire thread on it's own, I'll let other people run with that one, or you could do a search on this forum and probably come up with a ton of info on places to go.
Pretty state, big with a lot of variation from one end to the other, plenty to see and do depending on your interests.
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Old 11-22-2016, 01:55 PM
 
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Yes, I would say Tennesseans definitely have southern hospitality and are very friendly.

For big cities, you have Memphis or Nashville. Both have bars and music. Nashville is drawing more tourists lately, but there are devoted Memphis fans as well.

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville is the mecca for college football in the state and is well known nationally for the passionate fan base and VERY large stadium. Knoxville is nice as is Chattanooga - a beautiful, under the radar place with lots to do.

I would say Tennessee is similar to Texas in culture. The state is much smaller and generally more green one end to the other.

If you enjoyed Texas I'd say you'd have a great time in Tennessee. Best times of year are April - June and October - November imo for weather, etc. Come on down for a visit!
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Old 11-22-2016, 02:58 PM
 
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If you are coming for Football, September/October is a good time.

Will you be driving or taking busses? One good thing about Knoxville is there are dozens of music venues in and around the downtown area. So lots of options if you are centrally located.
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Old 11-22-2016, 05:02 PM
 
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If you have a couple weeks, I'd suggest renting a car and spending 3-4 in Nashville, 3-4 days in Memphis, then 3-4 days in New Orleans. That's a pretty cool road trip, and the drive from Memphis to New Orleans is chock full of very unique and interesting experiences like Clarksdale, Greenville and Vicksburg.
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Old 11-22-2016, 07:18 PM
 
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When are you planning on having your holiday? This would be good for us to know for more detailed recommendations.
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Old 11-22-2016, 08:52 PM
 
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Tennesseans were the first Texans... and they taught Texans all about friendliness.
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Old 11-22-2016, 11:46 PM
 
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Tennesseans were the first Texans... and they taught Texans all about friendliness.
Haha! That's good to know.

I'm aiming for October/November time so that the football season's started properly.

What I did in Texas was hire a car and then travel between the big cities, stopping off at a few smaller towns along the way, does Tennessee have the same thing? I'm a New Orleans Saints fan so whoever posted about going down to there, that would be a really interesting thing to do.

I've kind of narrowed it down to Tennessee, North Carolina or Georgia.
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Old 11-23-2016, 12:16 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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What I did in Texas was hire a car and then travel between the big cities, stopping off at a few smaller towns along the way, does Tennessee have the same thing? I'm a New Orleans Saints fan so whoever posted about going down to there, that would be a really interesting thing to do.
Interstate 40 runs across most of the state so that would be easy. Maybe fly into NOLA and drive up to Memphis, over to Nashville, on to Knoxville, down to Chattanooga and on into Atlanta to catch your flight back home. Assuming you have a good amount of time as it would be roughly 15 hours drive time to hit all six cities.
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Old 11-23-2016, 05:20 AM
 
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Cheers, that sounds do-able and I could time that to do a weekend in New Orleans and a weekend in Knoxville for the Saints and the Volunteers(?) respectively. Think that's the best/most organised plan so far! Flying out of Atlanta might be cheaper too as loads of planes from the uk fly there, seems to be a bit of a hub.

One other question, and I hope I don't sound rude asking it, but are Memphis and Atlanta safe?

I know all cities have their dodgy parts so if it's just certain areas of the city then that's fine. I'm from Liverpool in the UK and so am used to the stigma of living in a working class city that gets a bad reputation for no real reason!
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