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  • The Sunsphere

    The Sunsphere

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Opened in 1982 for the Knoxville World's Fair, opened off and on since then.

  • Smarthenge: The Circle of Thought

    Smarthenge: The Circle of Thought

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Rather than lintels and sarsen stones, a mysterious outdoor circle is of marble heads on pillars -- supposedly the most worthy thinkers of all time.

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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, serial killer relics.

  • 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.

  • Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park

    Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park

    Bluff City, Tennessee

    Chris Kastner's 6-acre back yard is populated with life-size dinosaurs and "The Funhouse," a haunt attraction open a few days a year.

  • 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.

  • Ruby Falls

    Ruby Falls

    Chattanooga, Tennessee

    A 145-foot-tall waterfall under the earth -- dramatically bathed in unnatural light -- is the centerpiece of this classic roadside cave attraction.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary

    Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary

    Petros, Tennessee

    Hard time prison-turned-tourist attraction, with former convicts as expert tour guides.

  • 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.

  • Millennium Manor

    Millennium Manor

    Alcoa, Tennessee

    Built to survive "Armageddon and a thousand years beyond." William and Emma Fair Nicholson erected their indestructible home in 1938-45.

  • Tina Turner Museum

    Tina Turner Museum

    Brownsville, Tennessee

    Costumes, gold records, and photos fill a museum inside the one-room schoolhouse little Tina attended.

  • 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.

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