Flights to Tennessee
Tennessee is a state situated in the Southern United States where it borders with eight other states, including Mississippi, Kentucky and Missouri. Best known for its cities of Nashville and Memphis, and a certain rock n roll star, Tennessee also has great scenery on offer too!
International flights to Tennessee are welcomed in the state’s two major airports: Memphis International Airport (airport code: MEM) and Nashville International Airport (airport code: BNA). Flights to Tennessee from South Africa are indirect with one or two connections. Northwest Airlines, KLM, South African Airlines, and Delta Air Lines are among the airlines that provide travellers flights to Tennessee from South Africa with one connection. Other airlines such as Continental Airlines and American Airlines offer flights with two connections.
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The Tourist Attractions in Tennessee:
The state capital is Nashville. Nicknamed ‘Music City’, Nashville is an important tourist destination for its musical heritage and is well known as being a centre of country and western music. As such, top attractions include the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Music Valley Wax Museum.
If country music isn’t your scene, there are plenty of other attractions in Nashville too! The Tennessee State Museum, for example, plus the Tennessee State Capitol, Fort Negley, Belmont Mansion, and the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee, and its best known attraction is Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley. Even if you’re not an Elvis fan, Graceland is worth visiting just to see the lavishness of the place, though if you’re not a big fan you probably don’t want to visit during ‘birth week’ or ‘death week’, i.e. the week in which Elvis was born (early January), and the week in which he died (mid-August)! Fans may also like to visit Sun Studio, where Elvis Presley’s and Johnny Cash’s first recordings were made.
Memphis isn’t just about Elvis though. River tours of the Mississippi River are popular, as is Mud Island River Park. There is also the Memphis Botanic Garden, Memphis Zoo, the Pink Palace, and the Lichterman Nature Center.
Pigeon Forge is another of Tennessee’s cities and is most famous for being the home of Dollywood, which is Dolly Parton’s family amusement park!
Gatlinburg is a popular resort town, and is Tennessee’s gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains. In addition there are numerous other things to see and do in the town, including several ‘Ripley’s’ attractions, such as Believe It or Not Museum, and Haunted Adventure. The Gatlinburg Space Needle is an observation tower with great views, or the Gatlinburg Sky Lift also has great views from Crockett Mountain.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Listed as both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is divided between Tennessee and North Carolina. Its size and its proximity to major cities are two reasons why this is one of, if not the most, visited national park in the country. Hiking on the Appalachian Trail, and many other hiking trails is a popular pastime. You can also drive around much of the park to enjoy the scenery too.
When Should You Visit?:
Tennessee generally has a humid subtropical climate, apart from the cooler mountain regions. Summers are hot and humid, and although temperatures do not sound unbearable, the high humidity levels can make them so! Memphis is one of the hottest cities, with a summertime high in July of 33C (92F) and low of 23C (73F). January is the coolest month with a high of 9.4C (49F).