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  • 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.

  • Bloodstained Tomb of Nina Craigmiles

    Bloodstained Tomb of Nina Craigmiles

    Cleveland, Tennessee

    Killed in a buggy accident. Unexplained stains have constantly soiled her house-sized white marble tomb.

  • Bush's Beans Museum

    Bush's Beans Museum

    Chestnut Hill, Tennessee

    Watch a video of bean-canning in action, learn all about Duke the talking dog, and discover your weight in beans. On-site cafe offers a bean-focused menu.

  • Killed at the Speedway

    Killed at the Speedway

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Dozens of drivers and spectators have been killed at the Indianapolis Speedway. A.J. Pete Kreis slumbers eternally beneath a stunning mortal exit tombstone.

  • Vaccinating Big Baby

    Vaccinating Big Baby

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    Bronze statue of a bald, bespectacled men in a business suit holding an unnaturally large baby, while sitting on the Earth.

  • Giant Alex

    Giant Alex "Roots" Haley

    Knoxville, Tennessee

    13-foot-high bronze statue of the author of "Roots," posed as if he's pausing from reading a book to stare at you.

  • Boy Scout 1929 Flash Flood Memorial

    Boy Scout 1929 Flash Flood Memorial

    Rockwood, Tennessee

    Large monument marks the spot where a scoutmaster and seven members of his troop drowned in an unexpected flash flood in 1929.

  • 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, when they were in their sixties.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • National Enquirer Live!

    National Enquirer Live!

    Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

    Shocking! Scandalous! Scenes from the tabloid come to life in a museum about shocking and scandalous headlines.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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