Travel the paths of pioneers along the Natchez Trace, or see what the byways have to offer on Tennessee Trails & Byways. Explore native culture along the Cherokee Heritage Trails. Immerse yourself in Civil War drama as you travel the Civil War Trails through small towns and at Shiloh, Chattanooga and other large battlefields.
Big personalities shaped our state—and left a memorable legacy—in battlefields, frontier cabins and statesmen’s homes. Visit Belmont, the home of the remarkable Adelicia Acklen, in Nashville. Tour the homes of Tennessee’s three Presidents: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage in Nashville, the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville or the James K. Polk home in picturesque Columbia. Wherever you go in Tennessee from the prehistoric to the nearly new, you’ll find evidence of the changes wrought by innovative Tennesseans.
Get into the dig pit. Touch interactive exhibits. Learn the unlikely tale of a highway project that revealed prehistoric East Tennessee through the remains of shovel-tusked elephants and saber-toothed cats at the Gray Fossil Site.Start Digging
Follow our history through heritage towns and down historic roads; explore the changes brought by rivers, rail and wars; learn the legends of pioneers, soldiers and statesmen. Visit mansions, farms, museums and parks that tell the Tennessee story.