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Living The Laid Back Life In Tennessee

By Alan LeStourgeon

Tennessee is a great destination for the avid vacationer and the couple or family looking to get away to a more rural lifestyle. Of course if you are into the big city life, Tennessee can accommodate you for that as well.

Eastern Tennessee is one of the foremost vacation destinations in the Southeastern United States with cities such as Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and of course the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited National Park in the United States with more than 9 million visitors every year and Cades Cove is the most popular destination within the park. Cades Cove offers a look back to what life was like for the early settlers during the 19th century. A 10 mile loop road around the Cove is the highlight of a visit here.

The park also includes more than 800 miles of hiking trails for everyone from a casual nature walk to backcountry rock climbing.

Gatlinburg is the main town that services the National Park and if you aren't camping in the park you are probably staying in Gatlinburg. An interesting little known fact about Gatlinburg is that ten times as many people lodge in Gatlinburg every night as live there. Gatlinburg and the surrounding area boasts accommodations for more than 30,000 people. Some of the more popular places to stay are in log cabins with incredible mountain views or in a secluded wooded cabin away from everything. There isn't anything that will give you more of a sense of the rural and relaxing lifestyle than to vacation in a log cabin.

Gatlinburg's sister city, Pigeon Forge, offers many attractions and hotels on the main road through town. Go-karts and the Dollywood theme park are the more popular attractions. Pigeon Forge also boasts one of the largest outlet malls in the south for the person that can never get enough shopping.

Tennessee has a rich history that includes many major battles fought in the Civil War. If you are a civil war buff you can visit such historic sites as Chattanooga National Military Park, Fort Donelson National Military Park, Shiloh National Military Park, Stones River National Military Park and the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site as well as others.

If you would like to live in Tennessee and still be close to the mountains, but away from the tourist areas, then Knoxville is your city. With a population of 180,000 and great home prices you can be within 45 minutes of the Smokies and enjoy everything the city has to offer.

And if you do enjoy the amenities of the big city life then Memphis will surely accommodate you. The Memphis metropolitan area has a population over 1.2 million and offers everything you could want in a big city. It is famous for music and has produced several genres of well know music such as the blues, rock n roll and gospel. Some of the more famous Memphis musicians are B.B. King, Johnny Cash and of course the King of Rock n Roll, Elvis Presley.

Tennessee offers a little bit of everything for almost every one. Come and enjoy a great vacation or choose Tennessee as your permanent address.

Alan LeStourgeon writes about several areas of the country on his Melbourne and Palm Bay web site where you can get more information about the Tennessee lifestyle and search Tennessee MLS listings for a new home.

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