Tennessee River Valley Mapguide Unveils Five New Itineraries

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The Tennessee River Valley Mapguide has unveiled five new trip plans for travelers seeking new adventures in the geologically diverse valley known as the Tennessee River Valley.

Visitors can experience a true engineering marvel of its day as they travel through Tunnel Hill Historic Railroad Tunnel, the first major railroad tunnel in the South. (Photo credit: Gary Keeble)

The five tour itineraries are designed for travelers who are in search of iconic places authentic to the southeastern United States.

The Tennessee River Valley Stewardship announces the roll out of five new trip plans geared to both domestic and international visitors. Available on the Tennessee River Valley Geotourism MapGuide, an online guide of authentic places and adventures that have been recommended by locals, the five itineraries provide visitors a unique destination experience that can only be enjoyed in the Tennessee River Valley. The itineraries feature locations in Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and North Carolina and there are several options for travelers to choose from depending on their likes and interests.

The five new Tennessee River Valley itineraries are designed to showcase to national and international audiences the natural, cultural and historic attractions that define the Tennessee River Valley region. Marvel at the majestic sights of the Great Smoky Mountains, experience the sounds from great musicians such as country music group Alabama, W.C. Handy, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn, learn about the legends and heroes of the region including Helen Keller, Sequoyah and Olympic gold medalist Jesse Owens and train like an astronaut at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. What makes these itineraries even more attractive is that local people who know the region best have nominated all of the listings for the Tennessee River Valley Mapguide.

“The five tour itineraries are designed for travelers who are in search of iconic places authentic to the southeastern United States and are bursting with places to go and things to do that is pure Americana,” said Julie Graham, spokesperson for the Tennessee River Valley Stewardship Council.

The five new trip plans are:

Music, Mountains and Memories (East) features America’s most visited national park, home of the country music star Dolly Parton, a scenic train ride, the role Knoxville played in the history of country music and the deepest canyon in Alabama, Little River Canyon and its cascading waterfalls and ever-changing seasonal views.

Music, Mountains and Memories (West) offers visits to Loretta Lynn’s ranch, Alabama’s oldest town, largest space museum in the world, famed recording studios of the Shoals and much more.

Legends, Lore and Landscapes (East) touches on American, Tennessee and Cherokee history with stops at the oldest and largest of America’s Civil War parks, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, birthplace of Sequoyah and American Museum of Science and Energy.

Legend, Lore and Landscapes (West) provides an opportunity to learn about Alabama’s ties to the music industry, explore the 4,200-acre Shiloh National Military Park, spend the day at the ranch of Queen of Country Loretta Lynn and visit the hometown of Olympic sprinter and gold medalist Jesse Owens.

A Dam Good Tour allows visitors an inside peek into the history, the origins and explanations about the functions of TVA dams.

For additional trips plans, visit https://www.tennesseerivervalleygeotourism.org/plans or to discover additional things to see and experience in the Tennessee River Valley, visit http://www.exploreTRV.com. All listings have been nominated by local people who know the region best and offer visitors the most unique, fun and interesting experiences.

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