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It's been lost in a cave. See the sea by boat. It's really a lake, not a sea, but it has hungry fish and helpful tour guides.
A majestic, full-size heathen god and temple, in the buckle of the Bible Belt. Survivor of the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, now an art museum.
Sights for Oddball Excursions
Forever home of Elvis, and still a mecca for his never-lessening legion of fans.
The "Walking Tall" sheriff died under mysterious circumstances. See his death car and all of his things.
Brain-boggling network of towering steel girders, which the artist claims tells the story of his life.
A rural living museum that surprises with devil burls, angel swirls, Apocalypse signage. 250,000 items.
Cavern of rock quartz and semiprecious stones, carved out of the hillside by one man in the late 1930s.
Looks like the Statue of Liberty, but can't be -- Lady Liberation is brandishing a giant Christian cross.
Crazy-looking vehicles powered by airplane propellers, adorable microcars with three wheels, and Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car-of-the-future.
Key career mementos of country music's "The Possum," including the jacket cut off of him after he crashed his car while drunk.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Sister tourist-towns sparkle like junk jewels on a necklace choking Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Outside: a replica of one half of the doomed ocean liner. Inside: costumed actors, crashing, freezing, drowning, crush depth family fun.
The history of tow trucks, complete with many exhibits; a Wall of the Fallen honors those who died in the line of duty.
More shakers than you can shake a shaker at.
The Life of Christ has been resurrected as a waxy tourist attraction.
One of the world's largest Lincoln collections includes his Walking Stick of Death, and Lincoln depicted as Moses and as a sad clown.
Relics include Carl Perkins blue suede shoes and the defibrillator that failed to revive Elvis.
The tall, skinny, Native stands with a "Whatever, dude," expression.
Unveiled in 2006, this bronze monument shows Lee leaning out of his little boat to grab the hand of a businessman flailing in the water.
Restored Cotton Exchange features the big trading board, history exhibits, interactive cotton fun.
Ride a monorail to walk a fake river and explore the authentic history of Memphis.
Nicely acknowledged in action-pose bronze on a pedestal, but somehow less important than the adjacent Beale Street cauldron of blues.
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Offbeat Landmarks and Oddities
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- Adams: Bell Witch Cave [tips]
- Adamsville: Home of Buford "Walking Tall" Pusser
- Alcoa: Millennium Manor [tips]
- Bluff City: Backyard Terrors and Dinosaur Park [tips]
- Brentwood: Nathan Bedford Forrest Statue [tips]
- Brownsville: Billy Tripp's Mindfield
- Caryville: Big Dragon Statue [tips]
- Chattanooga: International Towing and Recovery Museum
- Chattanooga: Muffler Man - NASCAR Pit Crew Member
- Chattanooga: Ruby Falls [tips]
- Chattanooga: Andrews Raiders Monument [tips]
- Clinton: Museum of Appalachia - Perpetual Motion Machine
- Cookeville: Pink Elephant [tips]
- Cross Plains: Pink Elephant with Martini Glass [tips]
- Cross Plains: Muffler Man - Indian [tips]
- Elkmont: Mysterious Synchronous Fireflies [tips]
- Elkton: Giant Chicken with Chef Hat [tips]
- Franklin: House with 1,000 Civil War Bullet Holes [tips]
- Franklin: Rusty Mechanism [tips]
- Gallatin: Muffler Man [tips]
- Gatlinburg: Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers
- Gatlinburg: Fiji Merman [tips]
- Gatlinburg: Hollywood Star Cars Museum [tips]
- Gatlinburg: Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens
- Grand Junction: National Bird Dog Museum [tips]
- Greenback: Junior Banks' Fortress of Faith [tips]
- Harrogate: Lincoln Museum on Rebel Ground
- Hurricane Mills: Loretta Lynn's Home and Museum [tips]
- Jackson: Rockabilly Hall of Fame: Elvis Defibrillator of Death
- Jackson: Rusty's TV and Movie Car Museum [tips]
- Johnson City: Most Powerful Musical Bi-Polar Tesla Coil [tips]
- Kingsport: Giant Skinny Indian
- Kingsport: Muffler Man Holding a Hamburger [tips]
- Knoxville: RV Baby Carriage [tips]
- Lynchburg: Jack Daniel's Distillery Tour - Safe That Killed Daniel [tips]
- McMinnville: Cumberland Caverns, with a Chandelier [tips]
- Memphis: Crystal Shrine Grotto
- Memphis: Statue of Liberation Through Christ
- Memphis: Graceland
- Memphis: America's Largest Pyramid [tips]
- Memphis: Soul Music Museum: Soul Train Dance Floor [tips]
- Memphis: Tom Lee, Riverboat Disaster Hero
- Memphis: The Cotton Museum
- Memphis: Mud Island
- Memphis: Statue of Elvis
- Memphis: High School Viking Giant
- Memphis: Sun Studio: Birthplace of Rock
- Memphis: Lorraine Motel [tips]
- Memphis: Burgers Cooked in 100-Year-Old Grease
- Nashville: Parthenon and Statue of Athena
- Nashville: Mosaic Dragon Sculpture [tips]
- Nashville: Country Music Museum: Gaudy Relics
- Nashville: Tour Home of Barbara Mandrell [tips]
- Nashville: Johnny Cash Museum [tips]
- Nashville: Lane Motor Museum
- Nashville: George Jones Museum
- New Market: Houston's Miracle Water: Angel-Approved
- Oak Ridge: American Museum of Science & Energy
- Oak Ridge: X-10 Nuclear Reactor
- Paris: Eiffel Tower Replica
- Pigeon Forge: Pigeon Forge - Gatlinburg - A Mecca
- Pigeon Forge: Three Bears General Store - Live Bears
- Pigeon Forge: Elvis and Hollywood Legends Museum
- Pigeon Forge: Titanic: World's Largest Museum Attraction
- Pigeon Forge: Hollywood Wax Museum [tips]
- Pigeon Forge: Hatfield-McCoy Dinner Show
- Pigeon Forge: Hannah's Maze of Mirrors
- Pigeon Forge: Goats on the Roof [tips]
- Powell: Airplane Barber Shop [tips]
- Pulaski: Sam Davis Museum, Hanging Site
- Rogersville: Memory Lane - Private 1950s Town [tips]
- Sevierville: Forbidden Caverns [tips]
- Shady Valley: World's Shortest Highway Tunnel
- Signal Mountain: Flying Saucer House [tips]
- Sweetwater: The Lost Sea
- Tallassee: 21-Foot-Tall Dragon at "The Dragon" [tips]
- Townsend: Tuckaleechee Caverns [tips]
- Whitwell: Holocaust Box Car with 11 Million Paper Clips [tips]