Don't miss Memphis when you head to Tennessee This Winter ... photo by CC user Larry Donald, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (public domain)

The state of Tennessee is a great place for all kinds of tourists. Whether you’re a nature lover, a fan of the big city, or a music fanatic, Tennessee has something that appeals to everyone. When you’re ready to start planning your trip, check out these five cities and everything they have to offer to those exploring America

Memphis

Ever heard of the music icon that goes by the name of Elvis Presley? Whether or not you’re an Elvis fan, be sure to check out his impressive home in Memphis, Tennessee. Here you’ll see how “the King” himself lived, and if you’re interested in checking out his music head over to Sun Studio. Sign up for a music history tour to learn about the big names in music that have recorded their hit songs here, including Elvis. Beale Street is another hot attraction – with tons of great food, shopping, music, bars and entertainment, you’ll find lots to do on Beale before heading back to one of these Memphis hotels.

Brentwood

Although not much of a tourist hotspot as cities like Memphis or Nashville, Brentwood is a great place to take a relaxing vacation. There are several sites for nature lovers that are worth seeing, such as Deerwood Arboretum and Nature Center, Radnor Lake, Belle Meade Plantation, Ellington Agricultural Center, and other Brentwood city parks. All in all, if you’re looking for a city with tons of tourist attractions, Brentwood may not be for you. But if you’re looking for a weekend of rest and relaxation, book a room from one of these hotels in Brentwood.

Franklin

For history buffs traveling in Tennessee, the city of Franklin should be at the top of your list. There are tons of historical sites, including Lotz House Museum, Historic Carnton Plantation, Carter House, McGavock Confederate Cemetery, and many more. For a more thorough understanding of the town and its history, be sure to sign up for a “Franklin on Foot” tour. Even if you are not interested in the Civil War era, there are plenty of other things to enjoy here. See what the town has to offer before you book a room in one of Franklin’s finest hotels.

Gatlinburg

Avid hikers will be in heaven when they book a room from one of these Gatlinburg hotels. Many of the hotels and accommodations here are surrounded by hiking trails and bike paths that allow you to see the Smoky Mountains firsthand. Other fun things to enjoy here include the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Sugarland Distilling Company, Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, and the Village Shops.

Pigeon Forge

Just outside of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge is a great place to bring the family. The town is home to some awesome amusement parks, an aquarium, mini golf, museums, arcades, numerous food options, and lots of shops and boutiques. Specifically, you should make an effort to see the Titanic Museum Attraction, Parrot Mountain and Gardens, Dollywood, Old Mill Square, and Mountain Valley Winery. Many of the Pigeon Forge hotels are near these attractions, so book soon!