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Tennessee, Cove Mountain Trail, TennesseeTennessee, Cove Mountain Trail, Tennessee
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Tennessee is a state in Southeastern United States. It covers an area of 42,143 sq mi (109,247 sq km), spanning 440 miles (710 km) from east to west and 120 miles (195 km) from north to south. It ranks 36th out of the 50 states in terms of size.

Tennessee is bordered by Kentucky to the north, Virginia to the northeast, North Carolina to the east, Georgia to the southeast, Alabama and Misssissippi to the south, Arkansas to the southwest and Missouri to the northwest. Its highest point is the 6,643-foot (2,025-meter) Clingmans Dome.

Black Mountain, TennesseeBlack Mountain, Tennessee
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Tennessee has a population of 6.2 million people. It is the 17th most populated state in the country. Its largest city is Memphis while its capital is Nashville.

Tennessee was known as Southwest Territory until its admission to Union on 1 June, 1796, the 16th to attain statehood in the United States. It is within two time zones. East Tennessee is in the Eastern time zone (-5/-4 GMT) while Middle and West Tennessee are in the Central time zone (-6/-5 GMT). The abbreviation for Tennessee is TN.

Travel to Tennessee

By Plane
The main airport for Tennessee are the Memphis International Airport (MEM), which serves as a hub for Delta Air Lines, and the Nashville International Airport (BNA).

By Road
Interstate highways radiates out of Nashville at the center of Tennessee. I-40 cuts across the state linking Nashville with Memphis to the west and Knoxville to the east. I-24 goes from northwest to southeast, passing through Nashville and onwards to Chattanooga and Atlanta. I-65 goes north-south through Nashville towards Birmingham, Alabama to the south.

The Homeplace log structure, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, TennesseeThe Homeplace log structure, Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Tennessee
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Cities in Tennessee

  1. Chattanooga (171,000)
    City between the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau.

  2. Cookeville (24,000)
    Home of Tennessee Technological University.

  3. Gatlinburg (4,000)
    Mountain resort city in Sevier County.

  4. Greeneville (15,000)
    Town that once served as the capital of the short-lived State of Franklin in the 18th century.

  5. Johnson City (62,000)
    City in Carter, Sullivan and Washington counties.

  6. Knoxville (174,000)
    Third largest city in Tennessee.

  7. Memphis (677,000)
    Biggest city in Tennessee.

  8. Nashville (636,000)
    City with an established music industry.

  9. Pigeon Forge (5,000)
    Mountain resort city in Sevier County.

Places of Interest in Tennessee

  1. Appalachian National Scenic Trail
  2. Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
  3. Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area

National Parks in Tennessee

  1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina/Tennessee

World Heritage Sites of Tennessee

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