Tennessee: The Volunteer State
Tennessee is a beautiful state in the Southeastern United States. It is 440 miles long, covering several different kinds of geography, which are represented by three stars in the Tennessee state flag. East Tennessee boasts the mystic Blue Ridge Mountains. Nashville, the capital, is located on the plateau in Middle Tennessee. The Mississippi River forms the border of West Tennessee. Despite the distance and the differences, Tennesseans share an independent, can-do spirit and a love of music. Come experience the sights and sounds that make Tennessee home to so many people. Welcome to Tennessee!
Population: approximately 6.6 million (2015)
Governor: Bill Haslam (R)
State flower: Iris
State bird: Mockingbird
State tree: Tulip Poplar
Nickname: The Volunteer State
Tennessee is home to large cities and small towns, vast forests and historic homesteads. We also have a few famous characters in our history. Whether you are looking for a great shopping experience or a quiet trail, Tennessee has many places--and friendly people--for you to visit.
From Dollywood to the Memphis Zoo; from hiking on the Volunteer Trail to riding Chattanooga's historic steamboat, the "Southern Belle;" Tennessee offers a variety of fun activities for everyone.
All across the state, Tennesseans are proud of their material culture. Each area of the state is famous for its distinct music and cuisine. Come experience why these cultural aspects make Tennessee a place millions of people call home.