In this column last week I pointed out a few of the sights and attractions that are within the borders of the great state of Tennessee. I want to follow in this column with a few more places to see and things to do in Tennessee. I suppose most of the folks in Johnson County have visited the city of Chattanooga. It is the site of a number of interesting things to see. I started to write that I had never been to Chattanooga but I remembered the time when the airplane I was aboard landed in that city. I was in the military at the time. The plane had a scheduled stop for refueling and I was never off the aircraft.
Of course, Chattanooga is the site of the Tennessee Aquarium. It is also home to the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, the steepest passenger railway in the world, with a 72.7 percent grade near the top. If there is anybody in Tennessee that hasnt seen the See Beautiful Rock City, signs on barn roofs throughout the region, I dont know where theyve been. Rock City is on Lookout Mountain. It features 10 acres of rock formations gardens and overlooks. At one overlook you can see into seven states.
There is a great many things to see and do in Nashville, Tennessees capitol. There is Vanderbilt University, established in 1873, when business tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt gave a million-dollar gift to establish the school. There also is a reconstruction of Fort Nashborough.
That grew to become the city of Nashville. Of course, since Nashville is touted as Music City USA, there are many places to see and music to be heard that are connected with country music.
One of those places is the Grand Ole Opry, a long-running radio show, featuring a number of the top artist in that genre. The Opry debuted in 1925 and for a singer or a band to be on the Opry is a milestone in their lives as well as in their career.
Elvis fans will know that the city of Memphis boasts the home of the King during his career. Although he was born and spent his early life in Tupelo, Mississippi, Graceland was his home during most of his short life.
One of the most amazing things to see in Tennessee is Reelfoot Lake in the Northwest corner of the state. Formed when a series of massive earthquakes struck along the New Madrid fault line in the winter of 1811-1812. Historians say the Mississippi River ran backward to form the somewhat shallow lake. It is said that the sound of the tremors were heard several hundred miles away.
I have mentioned only a few of the exciting places and events that are found in the great state of Tennessee. Suffice it to say there are many opportunities for adventure in the Volunteer State.