Tennessee Travel News
Discovery Park of America - $100 million West Tennessee Development
Union City, TN -- Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in Union City in July 2008 for the construction of Discovery Park of America, a $100 million museum and gardens dedicated to the theme "A Celebration of Life … Past, Present and Future." The state-of-the-art museum, located on a 50-acre development site, will showcase the culture, spirit and accomplishments of the human race. The center will also focus on West Tennessee’s regional history, including the natural creation of Reelfoot Lake and an aquarium featuring indigenous fish. Also envisioned are displays of alternative energy sources with interactive models and exhibits, national history, transportation history, Native American artifacts, science, space and industry, an art gallery as well as displays of wildlife and military hardware.
Nashville's Hermitage Hotel in Top 100 hotels
Nashville, TN -- Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Awards has named Nashville’s Hermitage Hotel one of the Top 100 hotels in the continental U.S. and Canada. This is the Hermitage’s first appearance on this list.
Sevierville's First Water Park Resort Opens
Sevierville, TN -- A new resort hotel in Sevierville, Wilderness at the Smokies, is the area's first full-service water park resort. The resort features 234 rooms and a 40,000-square-foot outdoor water park with a 207-foot tube slide, a 180-foot body slide, a huge four-level play structure with smaller slides, and a special pool for little ones.
Nashville Zoo Named Among America's Best Zoos
Nashville, TN -- America’s Best Zoos: A Travel Guide for Fans and Families has named Nashville Zoo among the top 60 zoos in America. Just 11 years after opening, Nashville Zoo is recognized with the nation’s leading zoos. The guide cites Nashville Zoo as one of the premier places to see clouded leopards, alligators and meerkats. "Due to [Nashville Zoo’s] youth, almost all of its exhibits are nearly brand new, built using the most modern exhibit technology to make almost every exhibit look like a gorgeous natural habitat," says "America’s Best Zoos." "Because of this, the Nashville Zoo is considered by many in the zoo world to be one of the most beautiful zoos in the nation."
AARP Names Top 50 Attractions in Tennessee
Memphis, TN -- AARP has named their top 50 attractions in Tennessee. Eleven of the association's 50 favorites are in Memphis, including the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the Memphis Zoo and Graceland. Also making the list are: Natchez Trace Parkway, Fall Creek Falls and Land Between the Lakes; the towns of Jonesborough and Rugby, major attractions like Jack Daniel Distillery and Visitor's Center and attractions including the Teapot Museum in Trenton.
Sevierville Opens New Roads to the Great Smoky Mountains
Sevierville, TN -- The City of Sevierville has now officially opened two new roads and added a new lane on SR 66 and the Parkway through downtown Sevierville to ease traffic congestion for visitors coming to Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. The $31 million dollar expansions open to date provide smoother traffic flow throughout the city with less stopping along the way. An additional $81 million in road improvements in Sevierville is planned over the next five years. Sevierville and the Great Smoky Mountains are within a day's drive of over half the nation's population. Now driving there is even easier with new roads to the Smokies.
"For years people who have visited this area have simply expected traffic delays, especially during the summer months," says Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Brenda McCroskey. "Now with higher gas prices, sitting still in traffic is not only frustrating, it's expensive. With new, wider roads and more alternate routes, traffic congestion has greatly decreased and visitors couldn't be happier."
Visitors entering the area from I-40 Exit 407 via SR 66 will find an additional lane of traffic makes the travel into Sevierville much faster. The new SR 448/North Parkway eases traffic congestion leaving town, especially after holiday weekends, by bringing three lanes of traffic directly onto Hwy 66 and back to I-40. Additionally, the new Collier Drive extension moves visitors from the main Parkway directly to Veteran's Boulevard, a new six lane route from Sevierville to Pigeon Forge that passes right by the entrance to the Dollywood theme park. [View Map]