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Tennessee Tourism announces What’s New in 2010



The year 2010 brings some important historical milestones along with some exciting new exhibits, attractions, hotels, restaurants and experiences in Tennessee.

Hermitage Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee

Hermitage Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee

Three notable milestones for Tennessee are:

  • The 75th birthday celebration of Elvis Presley that took place on January 7-10 at Graceland in Memphis.
  • The opening of Titanic Pigeon Forge, a 30,000-square-foot, ship-shaped structure that rests on 5.69 acres. It will hold 20 galleries with hundreds of artifacts from the Titanic. The galleries are set to open April 2010.
  • The 100th birthday of the Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville. The hotel began celebrating in September 2009. The Hermitage is the only five-diamond hotel in Tennessee and boasts the famous Capitol Grille, one of Tennessee's finest dining experiences.

Here is a taste of what's new in 2010 for Tennessee.

East Tennessee

America's legendary Delta Queen, the last fully operational, overnight passenger steamboat in the country, is now docked in Chattanooga and functioning as a boutique hotel.

A new first-class exhibition opened at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville entitled "Voices of the Land: The People of East Tennessee." The exhibition tells the story of three centuries of life in the region, from the Cherokee to the 1982 World's Fair.  East Tennessee's Historical Society had been preserving the region's history for 175 years.

Middle Tennessee

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2010. To kick off the celebration, Cheekwood will offer a special 50 cent admission charge for the entire month of January. "Nashville Memoir: Photographs by Greg Miller" and "New Direction: Video Artists Explore Southern Identity" will be among various exhibits on display at Cheekwood throughout the year.

Cumberland Caverns will celebrate as 2010 marks 200 years since its discovery. The caverns are open year-round for guided walking tours. The site is also known for Bluegrass Underground, a radio show taped 333 feet below ground level in the Volcano Room.

West Tennessee

International Rockabilly Hall of Fame Festival in Jackson reaches a 10th anniversary milestone in 2010.

The Memphis Zoo, named the No.1 zoo in America by TripAdvisor, recently added Teton Trek, a four-acre exhibit featuring grizzlies, timber wolves, elk and trumpeter swans.

Photo by Seth Gaines


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