What is Tennessee is Known For?
Tennessee is known for it’s music industry that includes all genres of music, not just country. It also holds an abundance of natural beauty with the The Great Smoky Mountains and is one of the wettest places in America. It’s also known for smoked meat, hot chicken, whiskey and even has the fastest internet in the country. It’s most dominant industries are healthcare, manufacturing, music, banking, and finance.
From the fastest internet in the country to one of the wettest places in America, Tennessee is more than just country music and smoked meat. Home to over ten thousand caves and the most popular national park, here are 7 things you probably didn’t know about Tennessee.
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Fact 1: The Western Appalachian Mountains (The Great Smoky Mountains) of Tennessee is one of the Wettest places in the USA.
Where do you think is the rainiest place in the United States? Have you ever wondered what The Great Smoky Mountains weather is like?
Outside of the Pacific Northwest or Hawaii, The Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is one the wettest, greenest and most biodiverse places in the country. May is the rainiest season.
Fact 2: Tennessee Has more Caves than any Other State.
There are over ten thousand caves in Tennessee, mostly in the middle part of the state. They formed in areas with limestone which is a rock laid down as calcium deposits millions of years ago. Limestone is also soluble meaning that when exposed to running water like rain it erodes leaving caves that can stretch for miles.
Some of the caves are dry which means that they have been of used by Native Americans and soldiers during the Civil War. An incredible amount has formed inside including stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstone due to the slow movement of water.
Did you know that you can attend a concert in a cave? The Caverns in Pelham brings artists to perform and an audience to listen within the cave system. From March through December The Caverns will host 75 underground shows. A favorite genre of music is bluegrass but that’s not all. Audiences can enjoy country, gospel, rock, hip-hop and classical.
While you’re there you can enjoy hikes, rock climbing or other activities in Grundy County.
The caves are located about 3.5 hours drive from Nashville. Here is a list of the 10 most popular:
- Forbidden Caverns
- Raccoon Mountain Caverns
- Tuckaleechee Caverns
- Ruby Falls
- Bristol Caverns
- Cumberland Caverns
- Dunbar Cave
- Lost Cove Cave
- Bell Witch Cave and Cabin
- Worley’s Cave
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Fact 3: Tennessee has the Fastest Internet Connection in the USA
Which city do you think has the fastest internet? Did you guess Silicon Valley? You’d be wrong. With a population of 180,000, Chattanooga has some of the fastest internet in the country. About a decade ago the city got sick of private telecom companies not offering cheap, high speed internet to its citizens. Therefore it became one of the first places to classify the internet as a public utility. This forced the private companies to compete for customers. Within a few years Chattanooga had some of the fastest internet in the world. This is thanks to a fiber-optic network installed by electric company EPB. The city classified the internet as a public utility which attracted capital funds of $50 million.
If you work from home or freelance, try moving to Chattanooga.
Fact 4: Tennessee is Tied for the Most Borders with Other States
Here is a strange one. Tennessee and Missouri border 8 other states as well as each other. Kentucky and Virginia to the north, North Carolina to the east, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia in the south, Arkansas and Missouri along the Mississippi River in the west.
Fact 5: Tennessee Has the Most Visited National Park
Did you know that the Tennessee National Park is the most visited? You may not think of the south when you think of America’s great national parks but The Great Smoky Mountains is America’s most visited national park by far.
Due to its accessibility, proximity to population centers and beautiful landscape, it got over 14 million visitors in 2021. More than twice as much of the Grand Canyon.
Did You Know that the Dollywood TN Theme Park is located in The Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee? It’s located on 160 acres and has more than 50 rides and has been voted the #1 theme park in the USA by Tripadvisor.
Dollywood at Christmas is an event not to miss. Every year there is a Christmas tradition in the Smoky Mountains that boast more than 5 million twinkling lights, shows or a ride on the festive Dollywood Express.
Fact 6: The Appalachian Mountains is Home to the Third Highest Peak East of the Mississippi
The state’s highest point, Clingmans Dome is in The Great Smoky Mountains national park. It stands at 6643 feet.
The Appalachians were once as tall as the Rockies. They were formed almost half a billion years ago making them about 5 times older than the west coast mountains. They stopped growing long ago and have been eroding for hundreds of millions of years. That’s what gives them the rolling look as opposed to the jagged peaks of the Rockies.
Fact 7: Tennessee is a Major State for Industry
Specifically, auto manufacturing. It currently contains the largest car plant in all of North America. GM’s Spring Hill plant, outside of Nashville, TN. Tennessee also has a Nissan assembly plant in Smyrna. In fact, although Tennessee has large sectors of healthcare, processed foods, drinks, and chemicals, it’s main manufacturing industry is now automotive.
Tennessee also manufactures a unique whiskey that can’t be replicated anywhere else. It’s creation involves a specific process called the “Lincoln County Process”. It uses a charcoal filter and specific aging and timing. Jack Daniels Whiskey for example is filtered through a 10 foot stack of sugar maple charcoal that company refers to as mellowing. Keep an eye out for the “Tennessee Whiskey” label that denotes authenticity.
Fact 8: Tennessee Has a Titanic Museum
Located in Pigeon Forge is a place to remember the famous luxury liner. The Titanic Museum contains over 400 real artifacts directly from the ship and its passengers. Visitors can touch a real iceberg, walk the grand staircase and find out what 28-degree water feels like. You can even try standing on sloping decks to experience the sinking Titanic first hand.
Fact 9: Graceland Visitors Exceed 20 Million!
Do you know what the most visited home in the United States is? In first place is the White House in Washington D.C. In second place is Elvis’s Graceland that celebrated it’s 20 millionth visitor. Each year Graceland attracts 600,000 visitors.