Retirement in Tennessee offers a mild climate as well as being the country music powerhouse of the world. Musical themes are pervasive in many areas of this tuneful state. Nashville is considered by many to be the capital of US Country Music. Here you'll visit the the "new" Grand Ole Opry's spectacular location a few miles from downtown. Formerly the Opry was located in the Ryman Auditorium which still hosts many musical events. Downtown is the Country Music Hall of Fame and the gritty southern appeal of "Music Row" where aspiring artists come from all over to perform on corners and in the local bars.
Memphis Tennessee was the birthplace of rock and roll. Here was the beginning of the careers of Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley. Graceland, the Elvis Presley home complex, draws some 600,000 visitors every year.
Outside its cities, Tennessee is known for its lush, green hills and mountains. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, spread out over Tennessee and North Carolina, is 95% forested. Over 100 species of trees grow on the Smokey's slopes, in addition to thousands of wildflowers, shrubs, and grasses; the park has been designated an International Biosphere Reserve by the U.N. for its diversity.
Tennessee Rivers include the Ocoee River with great whitewater rafting; the Conasauga River with an underwater wildlife viewing area, and the Tennessee River. The Tennessee Valley Authority built a series of dams in the 1930s and 1940s This project fueled the economic development of communities like Chattanooga with abundant and cheap hydroelectric power.