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  • Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

    Greeneville, Tennessee

    Features the humble 19th century tailor shop of the future 17th U.S. President. Cast a vote to impeach or acquit him.

  • Andrew Johnson Died Here

    Andrew Johnson Died Here

    Elizabethton, Tennessee

    Where the 17th President of the U.S. died of a stroke. One step ahead of the wrecking ball for years, the house preserved in the back yard of the doctor who saved it.

  • President Johnson's Towering Tombstone

    President Johnson's Towering Tombstone

    Greeneville, Tennessee

    Includes President and First Lady Johnson, and a son-in-law who was a Senator during Johnson's Impeachment trial, and sided with the one-vote majority to acquit.

  • Andrew Johnson's Backwards Birthplace

    Andrew Johnson's Backwards Birthplace

    Greeneville, Tennessee

    This replica of the tiny birthplace of the 17th President of the U.S. is near-perfect -- except that it's been set up backwards.

  • Bronze Andrew Johnson

    Bronze Andrew Johnson

    Greeneville, Tennessee

    Heroic bronze statue of President Andrew Johnson, wearing a superhero-style cape, donated by his great granddaughter.

  • Johnson Family Gallery

    Johnson Family Gallery

    Greeneville, Tennessee

    See perhaps the world's only complete collection of tickets to President Andrew Johnson's Impeachment trial, and exhibits on the Johnson family slaves.

  • President Andrew Johnson Museum

    President Andrew Johnson Museum

    Tusculum, Tennessee

    President Andrew Johnson's top hat and ironing board, as well as a cigar-dispensing miniature train.

  • 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.

  • Lorraine Motel: National Civil Rights Museum

    Lorraine Motel: National Civil Rights Museum

    Memphis, Tennessee

    Four centuries of American civil rights history in the old motel where MLK was assassinated. See the bullet!

  • Airplane Filling Station

    Airplane Filling Station

    Powell, Tennessee

    Built in 1931, a former gas station roughly shaped like the Spirit of St. Louis. Abandoned for years; now restored and open as a barber shop.

Sights for Oddball Excursions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers

    Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers

    Gatlinburg, Tennessee

    More shakers than you can shake a shaker at.

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