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  • Stax Museum of American Soul Music

    Stax Museum of American Soul Music

    Memphis, Tennessee

    Built on the site of the 1960s-70s soul label Stax Records. See Isaac Hayes' custom gold Cadillac, dance on an "Express Yourself" disco floor to videos from Soul Train.

  • Goonysaurus at Sir Goony's Golf

    Goonysaurus at Sir Goony's Golf

    Farragut, Tennessee

    Designed in 1960, the bright orange Goonysaurus is the most distinctive hazard at this vintage minigolf course.

  • Crystal Shrine Grotto

    Crystal Shrine Grotto

    Memphis, Tennessee

    A fake cave, filled with crystal quartz and odd religious statues, in the middle of a cemetery. It took 46 years to complete.

  • Airplane Gas Station

    Airplane Gas Station

    Powell, Tennessee

    Built in 1929, a former gas station roughly shaped like the Spirit of St. Louis. Abandoned for years; restored and reopened as a barber shop in May 2016.

  • Blindshot Barnaby's Circus Golf

    Blindshot Barnaby's Circus Golf

    Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    Find your way through a claustrophobic mirror maze, then play indoor mini-golf surrounded by black-light dummy freaks from a sideshow midway.

  • Grand Guitar

    Grand Guitar

    Bristol, Tennessee

    The "Grand Guitar," built in 1983, once housed a gift shop, recording studio, country music AM radio station, and a mini-museum of musical instruments.

  • The Incline

    The Incline

    Chattanooga, Tennessee

    Funicular railway opened as an attraction in 1895. It's like riding an elevator up the side of a mountain, on a train.

  • Frank Sutton: Gomer Pyle Nemesis

    Frank Sutton: Gomer Pyle Nemesis

    Clarksville, Tennessee

    Frank Sutton played the Marine sergeant who always yelled at Gomer Pyle. His hometown immortalized him with a bronze statue in his familiar pose.

  • Pyramid of Memphis

    Pyramid of Memphis

    Memphis, Tennessee

    America's second largest pyramid has an indoor swamp, live alligators, and a glass-floored observation deck at its pointy top.

  • Danny Thomas Tomb, Statue, Mini-Museum

    Danny Thomas Tomb, Statue, Mini-Museum

    Memphis, Tennessee

    Bluesy, rockin' Memphis is the go-to destination for fans of Elvis and -- Danny Thomas? Like the King, Danny is also buried at his attraction.

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  • Graceland

    Graceland

    Memphis, Tennessee

    The forever home of Elvis, and still a pilgrimage destination for his never-lessening legion of fans.

  • Titanic: World's Largest Museum Attraction

    Titanic: World's Largest Museum Attraction

    Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

    Outside: a replica of one half of the doomed ocean liner. Inside: costumed actors, crashing, freezing, drowning, crush depth family fun.

  • Alcatraz East

    Alcatraz East

    Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

    America's most comprehensive museum of crime. Bonnie and Clyde's movie Death Car, OJ's low-speed chase Bronco, Tennessee's electric chair, plus a hands-on CSI lab, serial killer relics, and much more.

  • Home of Buford

    Home of Buford "Walking Tall" Pusser

    Adamsville, Tennessee

    The "Walking Tall" sheriff died under mysterious circumstances. See his death car and all of his things.

  • Billy Tripp's Mindfield

    Billy Tripp's Mindfield

    Brownsville, Tennessee

    Brain-boggling network of towering steel girders, which the artist claims tells the story of his life.

  • Museum of Appalachia - Perpetual Motion Machine

    Museum of Appalachia - Perpetual Motion Machine

    Clinton, Tennessee

    A rural living museum that surprises with devil burls, angel swirls, Apocalypse signage. 250,000 items.

  • Junior Banks' Fortress of Faith

    Junior Banks' Fortress of Faith

    Greenback, Tennessee

    An incomplete castle hand-built by one man, and later blessed by the Lord. Themed rooms include a throne room and dungeon. Empty at the moment, but Junior is around.

  • Statue of Liberation Through Christ

    Statue of Liberation Through Christ

    Memphis, Tennessee

    Looks like the Statue of Liberty, but can't be -- Lady Liberation is brandishing a giant Christian cross.

  • Parthenon and Statue of Athena

    Parthenon and Statue of Athena

    Nashville, Tennessee

    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.

  • Lane Motor Museum

    Lane Motor Museum

    Nashville, Tennessee

    Crazy-looking vehicles powered by airplane propellers, adorable microcars with three wheels, and Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion car-of-the-future.

  • George Jones Museum

    George Jones Museum

    Nashville, Tennessee

    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 - Gatlinburg - A Mecca

    Pigeon Forge - Gatlinburg - A Mecca

    Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

    Sister tourist-towns sparkle like junk jewels on a necklace choking Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

  • The Lost Sea

    The Lost Sea

    Sweetwater, Tennessee

    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.

  • International Towing and Recovery Museum

    International Towing and Recovery Museum

    Chattanooga, Tennessee

    The history of tow trucks, complete with many exhibits; a Wall of the Fallen honors those who died in the line of duty.

  • Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers

    Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers

    Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    More shakers than you can shake a shaker at.

  • Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens

    Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens

    Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    The Life of Christ has been resurrected as a waxy tourist attraction.

  • Lincoln Museum on Rebel Ground

    Lincoln Museum on Rebel Ground

    Harrogate, Tennessee

    One of the world's largest Lincoln collections includes his Walking Stick of Death, and Lincoln depicted as Moses and as a sad clown.

  • Rockabilly Hall of Fame: Elvis Defibrillator of Death

    Rockabilly Hall of Fame: Elvis Defibrillator of Death

    Jackson, Tennessee

    Relics include Carl Perkins blue suede shoes and the defibrillator that failed to revive Elvis.

  • Giant Skinny Indian

    Giant Skinny Indian

    Kingsport, Tennessee

    The tall, skinny, Native stands with a "Whatever, dude," expression.

  • Centaur of Tennessee

    Centaur of Tennessee

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Unearthed in Greece in 1981, and displayed at the University of Tennessee since 1994. "It is the best preserved and most complete centaurian specimen yet found."

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