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Riverbend Festival – Chattanooga, Tennessee

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It all started with a group of community organizers who wanted to address the division in the city and lack of activity downtown. Their goal was to create an event that would draw from all walks of life in the community to gather together and enjoy a common language: music.

5 Nights in Chattanooga began in 1981. Headlining the small festival was B.B King, Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys, Don McLean, Sarah Vaughn, and Hank Williams, Jr. Little did organizers know that the Festival would take on a life of itself and continue to grow into what it has become today. After the 1981 event, the name was changed to the Riverbend Festival, and today it has become one of the top music festivals in the country. The Riverbend Festival has become a major festival with economic impact of over $23 million dollars per year. True to its roots, the Riverbend Festival has continued to offer a great musical event that continues to bring the community together.

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Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum – Chattanooga, Tennessee

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The Tennessee Valley Railroad is a museum and travel attraction in Chattanooga Tennessee. It’s a family friendly getaway from Downtown Chattanooga and is the only regularly scheduled, full-sized train ride in Tennessee. Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum offers education programs for field trips, family trip options and even dinner rides through the surrounding countryside of Chattanooga. There are also seasonal and holiday events for all ages.

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Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame – Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame – Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

This museum and hall of fame is operated by the Southern Gospel Music Association and was established in 1997.  It is composed of pioneers in the filed of Southern gospel music.

The purpose of the SGMA is to maintain a Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum for the historic preservation of the accomplishments of gospel music, the people that play and sing and the message passed on to everyone.

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Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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stingray.jpgRipley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – Gatlinburg, Tennessee

The Aquarium of the Smokies teams with life with 10,000 exotic sea creatures made of more than 350 individual species.  It is a fabulous opportunity to see the wonders of the water in a beautiful environment.  Gatlinburg is a great home for an aquarium of this quality allowing you to spend quality time learning about the different species on display.

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American Museum of Science and Energy – Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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The American Museum of Science and Energy Holds Plenty of Fun. In 1949, the American Museum of Atomic Energy opened in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In 1978, the museum’s name changed to the American Museum of Science and Energy. The museum is a great place to visit, especially for the children. They will have a great time exploring the museum and trying out the different exhibits.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Horseback.  The spectacular Great Smoky Moutains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina is a terrific place for horseback riding. There are so many trails at the Park, horseback riding is one of the best ways to discover the natural beauty, abundant wildlife and fascinating cultural history of the mountains.

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Dollywood Theme Park – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Excitement at Dollywood Theme Park

The Dollywood theme park is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and is owned by the Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation and country music artist Dolly Parton. The theme park first opened in 1961 and was originally a tourist attraction called the Rebel Railroad. Back then, the park features a number of attractions, including a blacksmith shop, a steam train, general store and a saloon.

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Ripley’s Believe it or Not in Tennessee

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If you are a fan of the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museums, you will be happy to know to that there are quite a few in Gatlinburg.  If you are an even bigger fan, then you know that they are all different.  Each museum has something a little unique from the others around the country. 

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Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Vacations do not always have to be at loud places with big crowds.  Lying on the beach and going to amusements parks is a lot of fun, but there are plenty of places that you can go that has excitement and fun, only is a little bit quieter.  Going to Gatlinburg Tennessee can be fun and exciting. 

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Gatlinburg in the Winter

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 So you didn’t get enough of Gatlinburg during the summer and you really want to come back.  The winter is actually one of the most beautiful times of the year to come.  The Great Smokey Mountains are covered in snow and the serenity and beauty that surrounds it all is just amazing.  There are many winter activities that you and your loved can do, so make sure you get your travel schedule ready.

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