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Memphis is where W. C. Handy merged the gospel and cotton-field work songs of the Mississippi Delta into a music called the blues, Elvis Presley cut his first recording, and Otis Redding and Al Green reached deep and found soul music. And if Memphis is the motherland of music, Beale Street is the city's heartbeat.  
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Pioneer Farmstead, within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, offers living history demonstrations. The warm-weather activities include craft demonstrations and concerts of traditional mountain music.  
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Discovering how country music traces back to folk and gospel—and how instruments like the back porch banjo morphed into the ditties of the Dixie Chicks is standard fare for Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  
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Center Hill Lake, located near Smithville, is a 64-mile reservoir with waterfalls, marinas, and state parks. The undeveloped shoreline lends itself to visitors looking to hike, swim, and camp.  
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In Chattanooga, on the edge of the Tennessee River, the Hunter Museum of American Art is perched on an 80-foot bluff with views of the surrounding mountains. The collection includes works by Alexander Calder, Thomas Cole, Edward Hopper, and Mary Cassatt.  
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The Great Smoky Mountains boast 930 miles of trails, almost 500 miles of fishable streams, and more than nine million annual visitors. Most of these tourists are car-bound, though, which leaves ample uncongested backcountry for hiking and fishing.  
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Nashville, better known as Music City USA, is not only the country music Mecca. The city has world-class museums and major-league sports teams; an eclectic dining and after-hours scene; and an eye-catching skyline ringed by a beautiful countryside of rolling hills, rivers, lakes, and wide open green spaces.  
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