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We are planning a family vacation in August and would really like to "anchor" in one or two cities in Tennessee and take day trips. We have 4 teenagers and a 7-year old. We like history and culture. Any suggestions? We will be arriving on the 12th and only have until the 19th or 20th.

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If you want history and culture I'd say a few days in Memphis and the Nashville area would work. In Memphis...Mud Island, The National Civil Rights Museum, Sun Studio, Beale St, The Peabody Hotel, Graceland. Then Nashville...The Hermitage, Frist Center, Belle Meade Plantation, Ryman Auditorium, Adventure Science Museum, Carnton Plantation/Lotz House (Franklin), Jack Daniel's Distillery (Lynchburg). You'll easily be able to fill a week.

Townsend, Tennessee
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On the South eastern end of the state you will find history surrounding the appalachian culture, early settlers that moved here from the colonies and the earlier original inhabiants of the area. The Museum of Appaliachian is located about 30 mins north of Knoxvile in Norris, TN http://museumofappalachia.com/; in Townsend is the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center http://www.gsmheritagecenter.org/; the Little River railroad museum is right down the road in Townsend with the history of logging in the Smokies and the Smoky Mountain National Park has an interesting history including Cades Cove and Roaring Creek - two areas of preserved homesteads from the early 1800s. Good luck with your choice.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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I completely agree with Reaagansmom--we spent 4 days in Memphis, 4 days in Nashville, and a day driving in between.

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Split your time between Memphis and Nashville. Enjoy your trip.

Alpharetta, Georgia
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Galinburg and Pigeon Forge is okay. It is pretty much a tourest trap. There is the WonderWorks, the Titanic museum, NASCAR speedpark, puttputt (multiple ones), Ripleys Aquarium, Dollywood, Splash Country, etc. to do with something for everyone.

Nashville is okay and I've been a lot but I've never really found anything that exciting for kids or teenagers. I mean there is stuff but not that much.

I love Chattanooga. Very pretty. There is Hamilton Place, a two story mall. The Aquarium (very nice), the IMAX theater with a Ben and Jerry's nearby, and then there are all the different fountains to get soaked and play in. That was always fun for the kids. Also around there is the waterfront with the lake/river which you can have a good time on. Chattanooga is very nice and pretty, especially downtown. A lot to do. Great restaurants, etc.

Alpharetta, Georgia
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In Chattanooga there is also

-Lookout Mountain

-Ruby Falls

-Tennessee RiverPark

-Coolidge Park (fountains)

-Rock City


-Lake (I'll attempt it) Winnepesauka

a lot to do there

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Definitely see Chattanooga. Much to see and do for adults and children. Also consider Great Smoky Mountain National Park. You could stay in Townsend and spend a few days exploring the area. We've done both with our grandkids - everyone enjoyed the trip.

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