The Volunteer State
Come Visit Us! The Front Door is Open!
Tennessee is a great place to visit. There are state parks, tourist attractions, camping grounds, and museums. We are home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the nation's most visited national park. The Appalachian Trail runs along the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Other major tourist attractions include the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Elvis Presley's Graceland residence and tomb in Memphis.
Lands Almighty! It's Hot!
Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate. The exception is some of the higher elevations in the Appalachians, which have a mountain temperate climate due to cooler temperatures. The Gulf of Mexico influences the climate of Tennessee, because winds from the south are responsible for most of the state's annual precipitation. Tennessee occasionally has tornados and winter storms. Generally, the state has hot summers and mild to cold winters with a lot of precipitation throughout the year.
Natural Resources in The Great State of Tennessee
Tennessee has many natural resources that contribute to our state's economy. We have fertile soil, rivers and lakes, coal, and many minerals. All of these natural resources help make jobs for our people. Fertile soil helps our farmers to grow crops, such as green beans and tobacco. Our rivers and lakes attract visitors each summer to adjacent camp grounds and fishing areas. If you like to get your hands dirty, we have many mines that help supply the state's demand for coal and other minerals.