Legends, Lore and Landscapes-EAST

Explore the range of experiences to be found in this spectacular geologically diverse valley known as the Tennessee River Valley. From the oldest and largest of America’s Civil War parks, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, to the birthplace of Sequoyah, the Legends, Lore and Landscapes tour is bursting with authentic places to go and things to do that is pure Americana and rich in natural and cultural heritage.

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Day 1

James White's Fort
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James White's Fort
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

James White, the founder of Knoxville, established his home here in 1786 and later enclosed it within a log fort comprising of 8 buildings. Restored and opened to the public in 1970, the Fort interprets the pioneer history and culture of early…

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Blount Mansion
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Blount Mansion
Community | Historic Site or District

Nestled in the center of downtown Knoxville's government district, Blount Mansion offers history of one of the nation's founding fathers that is hard to miss. Here, among the towers of glass, steel and brick, sits a house (small by today's standards)…

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East Tennessee History Center
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East Tennessee History Center
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Recognizing that East Tennessee’s history and heritage are distinct from the rest of the state, the East Tennessee History Center provides a full range of history and genealogy related services. Visitors can explore the region’s history through a…

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Farragut Museum & Gift Shop
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Farragut Museum & Gift Shop
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Farragut Museum and Gift Shop

Farragut Museum and Gift Shop

The Farragut Museum, located inside Farragut Town Hall, is home to one of the largest collections of Admiral David Farragut artifacts in the country. Farragut,…

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Day 2

World's Fair Park
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World's Fair Park
Community | Historic Site or District

World's Fair Park is a park that once played host to the 1982 World's Fair.  The theme of that year's fair was "Energy Turns the World."  The park now is the site of gardens, a man made pond with open amphitheatre for performances, a children's…

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American Museum of Science & Energy
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American Museum of Science & Energy
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Learn how 75,000 people kept a secret during World War II in an effort to end the war. From the frontier of Appalachia to the frontier of the nuclear age, you'll learn about Oak Ridge's leading-edge technology that continues to earn the US the…

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DOE's Manhattan Project Public Bus Tour
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DOE's Manhattan Project Public Bus Tour
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

Take a ride through history and learn all about the Manhattan Project on DOE's Public Bus Tour. Get a glimpse of life behind the fence in America's Secret City. You'll tour Y-12's New Hope Visitors Center, the Graphite Reactor at ORNL, and the…

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Day 3

Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
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Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

The Sequoyah Birthplace Museum is dedicated to Sequoyah, who gave his people a gift that will endure forever. He gave them a writing system, so that the greatness of the Cherokee could…

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Fort Loudoun State Historic Park
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Fort Loudoun State Historic Park
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

Today at Fort Loudoun State Historic Park you can visit a replica of the 18th Century British fort that stood very near this site in the mid-1700's. Enjoy scheduled reenactments on Garrison Weekends, tour the ruins of the Tellico Blockhouse, or…

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Day 4

Tunnel Hill Heritage Center and Historic Railroad Tunnel
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Tunnel Hill Heritage Center and Historic Railroad Tunnel
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

Featuring the one and only engineering marvel of its time, the Western and Atlantic Railroad tunnel, as well as the Tunnel Museum and the Clisby Austin House. 

Visitors can experience a true engineering marvel of its day as they walk or…

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Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
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Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

Our nation's first and largest national military park consists of the Chickamauga Battlefield, the Lookout Mountain Battlefield, and the most recent addition of the Moccasin Bend National Archeological District.  Spanning across the state lines…

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Day 5

Hiwassee River Rail Adventure - Scenic Train Ride
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Hiwassee River Rail Adventure - Scenic Train Ride
Outdoor Adventures | Train Excursions

On this scenic train excursion, passengers can view the beautiful Hiwassee River and Gorge as the train travels alongside the river and then circles around the historic “Hiwassee Loop.”  The loop corkscrews up the mountain passing over a bridge…

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Tennessee Aquarium
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Tennessee Aquarium
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

Situated on the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga, the Tennessee Aquarium is home to around 10,000 animals and an IMAX theater.  It is Chattanooga’s most visited attraction and is rated the #1 aquarium in the country for visitor satisfaction. 

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Day 6

Museum Center at 5ive Points
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Museum Center at 5ive Points
Museum, Theater, Interpretive Center | Museum

At the Museum Center at 5ive Points visitors experience Southern Appalachian regional history dating from Cherokee history up to today in an exciting, interactive exhibit called the River of Time. Changing exhibits are also held…

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Tuckaleechee Caverns
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Tuckaleechee Caverns
Natural Area | Geologic Feature

Carved over tens of thousands of years in one of the earth's oldest mountain chains,
Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend, Tenn., is known as the "Greatest Site Under
the Smokies".
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Day 7

Historic Homes of Knoxville
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Historic Homes of Knoxville
Historic or Pre-historic Place | Historic Site or Trail

From log cabins to frame houses to stately stone mansions, these 7 Knoxville landmarks invite you into the past to experience the times and events that shaped our state. You can visit each site individually, or visit all of the sites by…

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In This Trip Plan

1 James White's Fort
2 Blount Mansion
3 East Tennessee History Center
4 Farragut Museum & Gift Shop
5 World's Fair Park
6 American Museum of Science & Energy
7 DOE's Manhattan Project Public Bus Tour
8 Sequoyah Birthplace Museum
9 Fort Loudoun State Historic Park
10 Tunnel Hill Heritage Center and Historic Railroad Tunnel
11 Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
12 Hiwassee River Rail Adventure - Scenic Train Ride
13 Tennessee Aquarium
14 Museum Center at 5ive Points
15 Tuckaleechee Caverns
16 Historic Homes of Knoxville