Encircle Tennessee: Nashville is the capital city of The Volunteer State and the home of the Grand Ole Opry House. The largest city is Memphis, also the Birthplace of Rock and Roll and the famous Beale Street. They are only 200 miles apart. This gives you plenty of time to play your favorite tunes.

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1 Lincoln American Tower Framed by Skywalk in Memphis, Tennessee

The largest city on the Mississippi River is Memphis, Tennessee. Its influence on music – especially blues, soul and gospel – is legendary. One of the biggest legends was the King of Rock and Roll who lived at Graceland. Standing on the former site of a Civil War prison is the Lincoln American Tower. It was built in 1924 as a one-third replica of the Woolworth Building in New York City.

54 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38103
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2 Parthenon Replica in Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee

If you want to see what the Athens’ Parthenon looked like in 447 BC, then visit the full-sized replica in Nashville, Tennessee. Located in Centennial Park, this 1897 version of the Greek temple shows all the missing parts of the original, including a 42 foot statue of Athena. She is helmeted, carries a shield, is covered by gold leaf and is as intimidating as she is garish.

Parman Pl & 28th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203
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3 Rum Boogie Cafe Mural on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee

Since 1985, the Rum Boogie Cafe on Beale Street in Memphis has served rum with its catfish, ribs, gumbo and red beans to their toe-tapping patrons while they listen to live blues bands. Their motto is, “Eat, drink, boogie and repeat.” When you go, check out this Rum Boogie Cafe mural in the alley. Then go inside to see their collection of 150 guitars.

182 Beale St, Memphis, TN 38103
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4 Teddy Bear Mural on Memphis Grizzlies House in Memphis, Tennessee

The local MBA basketball team contributed five million dollars to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to build the Memphis Grizzlies House in Memphis. The facility provides free, short-term housing for up to 100 families a night while their child is undergoing treatment. The Teddy Bear mural with the St. Jude’s logo in the heart reflects the significant contributions also made by the Build-A-Bear Workshop company. The non-profit treatment center was established in 1962 by Danny Thomas.

350 N 3rd St, Memphis, TN 38105
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Memphis, Tennessee Composite of Seven Photos

Seven photos of Memphis, Tennessee are: 1) The northern skyline of downtown Memphis; 2) Neon sign for Tater Red’s Lucky Mojos and Voodoo Healings gift emporium; 3) The Lorraine Hotel sign; 4) The balcony in front of room 306 where Martin Luther King was assassinated by James Earl Ray in 1968 (now the National Civil Rights Museum); 5) The entrance sign to Graceland and the mansion where Elvis died on August 16, 1977; 6) A sign reading, “World Famous Beale Street Home of the Blues and Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll” which hosts forty attractions such as bars, clubs, restaurants, a sports arena and Miss Polly’s Soul City Café and; 7) The Teddy Bear mural at the Memphis Grizzlies House which is part of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


5 Nashville, Tennessee Composite of Three Photos

Three photos of Nashville, Tennessee are all located in the Ryman Auditorium. This was the original Grand Ole Opry House from 1943 until 1974. The historical entertainment center is called “The Mother Church of Country Music.” It was built in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle. These photos include: 1) The Ryman Auditorium’s exterior; 2) The original wooden pews in the balcony and the stage costumes from famous performers; and 3) The bronze statue of Minnie Pearl and Roy Acuff sitting on a bench in the lobby.

Ryman Auditorium, 116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
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6 Tennessee State Capitol Andrew Jackson Equestrian Statue in Nashville, Tennessee

This equestrian statue of President Andrew Jackson by Clark Mills is on the Tennessee State Capitol grounds. A similar sculpture is located in Florida, New Orleans and next to the White House. The other Tennessean to become president was James Polk. The 11th president is buried beside his wife on the capitol grounds.

600 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37243
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7 Tennessee State Capitol Building in Nashville, Tennessee

The Tennessee State Capitol Building in Nashville patterns a Greek Ionic temple. On top of its limestone façade is a tower instead of a traditional dome. Before the building was finished in 1859, architect William Strickland died and was buried in a crypt above the cornerstone. He is credited with initiating the Greek Revival movement. Some people claim his ghost haunts the building. Tennessee became the 16th state on June 1, 1796.

600 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37243
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8 Athena Statue in Parthenon Replica in Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee

The original Athena Parthenos by Greek sculptor Phidias was a giant statue of ivory, silver and 2,400 pounds of gold. The deity’s image was placed in the Athens’ Parthenon in 447 BC. The sculpture is gone and the Parthenon on the Athenian Acropolis is in ruins. However, full-size replicas of both can be found in Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Well, almost exact. This replica of Athena is made of gypsum and fiberglass and her gold leaf weighs only 8.5 pounds. Look closely at her right hand. She is holding the Greek goddess Nike.

Parman Pl & 28th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203
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