Month: September 2010

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

A- Overview:
Gatlinburg, Tennessee is best known as the western entrance to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Gatlinburg is noted for its mountain handicraft shops, and local points of interest include the Homespun Valley Mountaineer Village and the Christus Gardens, a series of dioramas depicting the life of Christ. But most come to see and enjoy the Great Smokey Mountains.
The Great Smokey Mountains National Park is 20 miles wide and some 54 miles long. The park was established in 1934 to preserve the last remaining sizeable area of southern primeval hardwood forest in the United States. It covers over 520,000 acres and it contains some of the highest peaks of the Appalachian Mountains.

Summits and ridges are crowned with a forest of red spruce and Fraser fir. In the open areas purple and pink blossoming rhododendron can be seen. Hiking is the most popular activity, whether a day trip or as part of a hike up the length of the entire Appalachian Trail. Some of the families who first settled this area have descendents who live and farm in much the same way as in years gone by. The area containing those farms was designated a World Heritage Site in 1983.

Visitors come to the Smokies, the most popular area administered by the US National Park Service, to hike, fish, camp, ski, whitewater raft, and enjoy this well-preserved national treasure. There are world-class spas as well as theme parks and resorts throughout the area. All of these draw their inspiration from the abundant natural beauty.

B- City Information:

Population: 3,382

Elevation: 1289 feet above sea level

Land Area: 10.1 square miles

Location: Bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee, the town is located on U.S. Highway 321, just 7 miles south of Pigeon Forge

Time Zone: Gatlinburg is located in the Eastern Time zone (when it’s noon in Gatlinburg, it’s 11am in Chicago and 9am in Los Angeles

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
34.0
36.7
44.4
52.0
60.0
67.2
70.8
69.5
64.0
53.8
44.7
37.1

High temperature (°F)
44.5
48.6
57.3
65.9
72.7
79.0
81.9
80.8
75.7
66.9
57.1
48.0

Low temperature (°F)
23.4
24.8
31.3
38.0
47.2
55.3
59.6
58.1
52.3
40.5
32.2
26.1

Precipitation (in)
5.2
4.4
5.7
4.6
6.0
6.1
6.3
5.0
4.8
3.1
4.4
4.7

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
12
11
13
11
11
11
11
9
8
8
10
11

Wind speed (mph)
7.4
7.7
8.1
8.1
6.5
6.0
5.8
5.3
5.4
5.5
6.4
6.9

Morning humidity (%)
82
80
80
82
87
89
90
92
92
90
85
83

Afternoon humidity (%)
64
59
55
52
57
59
61
60
59
56
59
64

Sunshine (%)
41
47
53
63
64
65
64
63
61
61
49
41

Days clear of clouds
6
7
7
8
8
7
7
8
10
12
9
7

Partly cloudy days
7
6
7
9
10
12
13
12
9
8
7
7

Cloudy days
18
16
16
13
13
10
11
10
11
11
14
17

Snowfall (in)
3.9
3.4
1.7
0.4
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.6
1.5

Local Seasons:

With its beautiful weather as well as a host of attractions, the summer is by far the busiest time of year in Gatlinburg. With temperatures averaging near 70 F and highs near 80 F, a lovely mountain setting, virtually all attractions open for visitors, and cool, comfortable nights perfect for a warm fire; visitors from around the world come to the area, many with children in tow. Fall isn’t far behind, primarily due to the magnificent change of seasons in the mountains, offering a picture perfect fall setting as well as many unique local events taking place in and around the town. Winter offers just the right amount of snow and skiing is available. The temperatures can reach near 50 F, making the midday time perfect for strolling through the area and stopping for a casual lunch at one of the many restaurants in town. For value, the spring is less crowded and still offers all of the beautiful scenery and attractions.

How to Get There:

By Car

Traffic in the Smokies can get heavy especially along Highway 66 during peak travel seasons (July and October are the highest travel months). Visitors can take one of these less-traveled and scenic routes to Gatlinburg and be on their way to the perfect mountain getaway.

From Virginia: Take I-81 South to I -40 East to Exit 435 (Newport) and follow Hwy 321 South all the way into Gatlinburg. Approximate drive time from interstate: 45 minutes

From Knoxville: Take I-75 North and follow Highway 321 to I-40 East to Exit 435 and follow Highway 321 South. Approximate drive time from interstate: 45 minutes.

From Chattanooga: Take Exit 81 on I-75 North and follow Highway 321 North to Gatlinburg through Maryville and Townsend. Approximate driving time from interstate: 1 hour 10 minutes.

From Nashville: Take I-75 South to Exit 81 and follow Highway 321 North through Maryville and Townsend to Gatlinburg. Approximate driving time from interstate: 1 hour 10 minutes.

From Asheville: Take I-40 West to Exit 440 and follow Highway 321 South to Gatlinburg. Approximate drive time from interstate: 45 minutes.

From Atlanta: Take I-85 North to I-985 North to US 23. Take US 23 to Highway 23/441 to Highway 74/441 through Cherokee, North Carolina to Gatlinburg. Approximate driving time: 4 hours 10 minutes.

By Air:

Knoxville – McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)

2055 Alcoa Highway

Alcoa, TN 37701

865-342-3000

The airport is located approximate 55 miles north of Gatlinburg. It is served by many of the national airlines as well as certain regional carriers.

Ground Transportation:

Most of the major car rental companies are available at the airport.

Getting Around:

Due to the many activities and attractions available, the best way to get around the area is by either personal or rental car.

Gatlinburg also provides Trolley service in and around the area. It is a good alternative for getting around Gatlinburg during the peak vacations times when Gatlinburg receives a large number of visitors.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day, January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January

President’ Day, the third Monday in February

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, the first Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, December 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
A Walk in the Woods
4413 Scenic Drive East
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-8283
Here is where hikers can find affordable nature walks and overnight trips. A convenient shuttle service and much more are offered.

Alpine Slide
1001 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
A great place for some winter amusements, Alpine Slide is a favorite destination for all ages.

Back of Beyond Expeditions, Inc.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
This is one of numerous guide services to the Great Smoky Mountains. They also feature a shuttle service to get you to certain points of interest within the park.

Camp Thunder Fun Center
542 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 430-RACE
If you’re looking for family fun for all ages, look no farther! Features include indoor go-karts, a motion theater and miniature golf.

Christus Gardens
510 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-5155
Christus Gardens is known as America’s #1 Religious Attraction. The pride of the gardens are life-size realistic dioramas that depict the Life of Christ.

Earthquake
653 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-9765
As close to the real thing as anybody in Gatlinburg will come! Visitors get to experience all the bumps and thrills in a catastrophic live-action ride.

Fannie Farkles
656 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-4057
For excellent family fun, Fannie Farkles features food, games and prizes! This is a great place to take kids!

Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway
1001 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-5423
Visitors to Gatlinburg always make sure to stop here to enjoy spectacular views year-round from aboard the 120-passenger Tramway.

Great Smokies Mega Theatre
322 Airport Rd.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 430-9999
A giant-screen theatre featuring IMAX Films, this attraction is open for visitors all year!

Guinness World of Records Museum
631 Parkway B-11 Baskins Square
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-9100
The Museum features exhibits and shows from the world-famous Guinness Book of Records. Some of the most unusual stuff to be found in Gatlinburg, or anywhere!

Hauntings – A Ghost Show
716 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-4636
A live sit-down theatre presentation guaranteed to haunt and amuse visitors of all ages.

Hillbilly Golf
340 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-7470
Ride the incline at this family fun place. Play the world’s most unusual miniature golf course featuring lots of wacky and weird holes and obstacles.

Horsing Around, Inc.
626 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-5321
Here’s the place to book horseback rides for all ages and groups of all sizes. These rides take full advantage of the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountain Park.

Motion Ride Movie Theater
716 Parkway-Reagan Terrace Mall
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 430- 8985
A motion simulator ride that offers four great movies to experience means lots of great fun for everyone.

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park
1001 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-5423
Ober Gatlinburg offers an alpine slide, indoor ice-skating, go-karts, winter skiing, snowboarding and more! Fun for all members of the family.

Old Gatlinburg Family Fun Center
716 Parkway 29-Reagan Terrace Mall
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Browse the General Store while the kids play the arcade with redemption and video games. Miniature golf and more will keep all ages having fun for hours.

Q-Zar Laser Tag
716 Parkway-Reagan Terrace Mall
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-BEAM
It’s serious fun with a laser gun for everyone. The area’s largest high-tech arena is not be missed.

Rafting in the Smokies
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-5008 or 1-800-(PRO-RAFT) 776-7238
These family adventures require no experience whatsoever to enjoy rafting down some of the most scenic rivers in the whole Park.

Smoky Mountain Outdoors Unlimited
1901 East Parkway at Victorian Wedding Chapel
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
800-771-7238
This is another of the top-notch outfitters that offer whitewater rafting in the heart of the Smoky Mountains.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Alpine Slide
1001 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
A great place for some winter amusements, Alpine Slide is a favorite destination for all ages.

Back of Beyond Expeditions, Inc.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
This is one of numerous guide services to the Great Smoky Mountains. They also feature a shuttle service to get you to certain points of interest within the park.

Camp Thunder Fun Center
542 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 430-RACE
If you’re looking for family fun for all ages, look no farther! Features include indoor go-karts, a motion theater and miniature golf.

Christus Gardens
510 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-5155
Christus Gardens is known as America’s #1 Religious Attraction. The pride of the gardens are life-size realistic dioramas that depict the Life of Christ.

Earthquake
653 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-9765
As close to the real thing as anybody in Gatlinburg will come! Visitors get to experience all the bumps and thrills in a catastrophic live-action ride.

Fannie Farkles
656 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-4057
For excellent family fun, Fannie Farkles features food, games and prizes! This is a great place to take kids!

Great Smokies Mega Theatre
322 Airport Rd.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 430-9999
A giant-screen theatre featuring IMAX Films, this attraction is open for visitors all year!

Guinness World of Records Museum
631 Parkway B-11 Baskins Square
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-9100
The Museum features exhibits and shows from the world-famous Guinness Book of Records. Some of the most unusual stuff to be found in Gatlinburg, or anywhere!

Hauntings – A Ghost Show
716 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-4636
A live sit-down theatre presentation guaranteed to haunt and amuse visitors of all ages.

Hillbilly Golf
340 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-7470
Ride the incline at this family fun place. Play the world’s most unusual miniature golf course featuring lots of wacky and weird holes and obstacles.

Horsing Around, Inc.
626 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-5321
Here’s the place to book horseback rides for all ages and groups of all sizes. These rides take full advantage of the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountain Park.

Motion Ride Movie Theater
716 Parkway-Reagan Terrace Mall
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 430- 8985
A motion simulator ride that offers four great movies to experience means lots of great fun for everyone.

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park
1001 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-5423
Ober Gatlinburg offers an alpine slide, indoor ice-skating, go-karts, winter skiing, snowboarding and more! Fun for all members of the family.

Old Gatlinburg Family Fun Center
716 Parkway 29-Reagan Terrace Mall
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Browse the General Store while the kids play the arcade with redemption and video games. Miniature golf and more will keep all ages having fun for hours.

Q-Zar Laser Tag
716 Parkway-Reagan Terrace Mall
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-BEAM
It’s serious fun with a laser gun for everyone. The area’s largest high-tech arena is not be missed.

Rafting in the Smokies
P.O. Box 592
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(423) 436-5008 or 1-800-(PRO-RAFT) 776-7238
These family adventures require no experience whatsoever to enjoy rafting down some of the most scenic rivers in the whole Park.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

Gatlinburg Winterfest Illumination and Decoration Contest

Held all of January and February

865-436-0500

The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with over 2 million spectacular lights in fantastic displays throughout town. Displays are sure to dazzle the spirit and bring out the kid in everyone. Special lighting displays added in January for “Smoky Mountain Romance”.

Gatlinburg Winterfest Trolley Rides of Lights

Saturdays in January

865-436-3897

Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m.

Night Magic Skiing

Held all of January and February

Location: Ober Gatlinburg

865-436-5423

Traditions of Christmas

Held the first week of January

Location: Christus Gardens

865-436-5155

Experience the true meaning of Christmas at one of America’s most visited nativity settings. Colorful banners, award-winning lighting displays, presentations of Christmas around the world and St. Nicholas, too!

Special Olympics

Held in late January – early February

Location: Ober Gatinburg

800-251-9202

Winter sports competitions for ice skating and snow skiing.

February

Gatlinburg Winterfest Illumination and Decoration Contest

Held all of February

865-436-0500

The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with over 2 million spectacular lights in fantastic displays throughout town. Displays are sure to dazzle the spirit and bring out the kid in everyone.

“People of Color from the Bible”

Held all of February

Location: Cristus Gardens

865-436-5155

Exhibit commemorates Black History month using illustrations and stories of influential characters from the Bible who were of African descent.

Lou Vuto’s Reflections Theater – Salute to Elvis

Held a variety of days in February

965-436-2200

A riveting tribute to the King of Rock & Roll.

Show times are at 7:30 p.m.

March

Annual Spring Fest

Early – mid March

865-436-0500

A county-wide festival, which includes the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Festival will include special events, local craft show and much more.

Easter Arts & Crafts Show

Held at Easter time

Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center

865-436-0500

Admission Free

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community members assemble in downtown Gatlinburg to display the unique crafts and artwork for which they are nationally known.

April

Annual “Rib Fest”

Usually held the third week of April

Location: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

865-436-0500

Enjoy award winning ribs from the area’s finest restaurants and entertainment.

Wildflower Pilgrimage Week

Held in late April

Events take place at Mills Auditorium, Gatlinburg Convention Center and the National Park

865-436-7318

Enjoy the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by participating in the “Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage”. The Wildflower Pilgrimage offers over 150 different hiking tours, motorcades, demonstrations and classroom lectures centered on the flowers, plants and wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is led by experts from the Park and the University of Tennessee in nearby Knoxville.

May

Gatlinburg Highland Games

Held in mid May

Location: Mills Park

865-436-0500

Highland athletic games, food vendors, Highland dancers, bag pipe bands, border collie demonstrations, entertainment, Scottish clans and whiskey tasting and much more.

Gatlinburg’s Fine Arts Festival

Held in mid May

Location: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

865-436-0500

Enjoy a beautiful relaxing day along the river at the gorgeous Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies at an art exhibit with local & international artists.

July

Annual 4th of July Midnight Parade

Held over the 4th of July weekend

Location: Downtown Gatlinburg

865-436-0500

Enjoy lighted floats, marching bands, & giant helium balloons. Parade begins at 12:01 a.m. on the 4th of July, (which is one minute after midnight on July 3).

Annual River Raft Regatta

Held July 4 and 5

Location: Starts at Christus Gardens bridge and finishes at the Aquarium Bridge

865-436-0500

Admission Free

Enjoy a fun, unmanned, floatable object race for the whole family. Unmanned, floatable objects are launched in the river and they compete for prizes.

Fourth of July Fireworks Show

Held on the 4th of July

Location: City of Gatlinburg

865-436-0500

Held in downtown Gatlinburg to celebrate the nation’s “Independence Day” with a magnificent fireworks show. The City of Gatlinburg lights up its beautiful mountain skyline downtown 1 hour after dark with this grand show.

Gatlinburg’s Craftsmen’s Fair

Held in late July

Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center

865-436-7479

Over 180 of the finest craftspeople gifted in woodcarving, pottery, broom making, stained glass, metal work, basket weaving, calligraphy, jewelry and much more gather at the Gatlinburg Convention Center to offer their unique art for sale. Country and bluegrass music performed daily.

August

Annual Gatlinburg Heritage on Display – Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community

Held in late August – early September

865-436-0500

Enjoy two weeks of “Heritage” in the arts and craft community. Visit over 80 shops filled with traditional and contemporary crafts, handmade gifts, collectibles and one of a kind pieces.

September

Old Fashioned Hayrides

Held during the entire month

Location: Departure is at traffic light #6 at the Mountain Mall

865-436-3897

Admission Charged

Enjoy a unique hayride with family or friends downtown Gatlinburg. As fall begins in the Smoky Mountains, take this fun filled hayride and enjoy breath taking views of the beautiful mountain foliage.

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival and Fall Decorating Contest

Held mid – late September

865-436-0500

A county wide festival, which includes cities of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge. Festival will include decorating contest, special events, local craft shows and much more.

The Annual “Taste of Autumn”

Usually held the third week of September

Location: Mills Auditorium

865-436-0500

Admission Charged

Sample Gatlinburg’s finest restaurants and homemade desserts for a United Way of Sevier County Benefit Event. Enjoy live entertainment, benefit auction and door prizes for a wonderful countywide cause.

October

Old Fashioned Hayrides

Held during the entire month

Location: Departure is at traffic light #6 at the Mountain Mall

865-436-3897

Admission Charged

Enjoy a unique hayride with family or friends downtown Gatlinburg. As fall begins in the Smoky Mountains, take this fun filled hayride and enjoy breathtaking views of the beautiful mountain foliage.

Fall Celebration – Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community

Held during the entire month

865-436-4313

Drive the 8 mile loop and celebrate fall in the historic Arts & Crafts Community, one of the longest running craft show in the nation.

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure Annual Fright Night Shows

Held a variety of dates in October

Location: Ripley’s

865-430-9991

Hours: 6:13pm until close.

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure becomes even scarier during its special Halloween shows. Live actors, street performances, and nightly character parades make the haunted house the place to see.

Ghost Walk of Gatlinburg

Held during the entire month of October

865-556-0674

Tours leave nightly at 9:30, 10:30 & Midnight

Not a “spook house” tour. Lantern led journeys into an exciting mix of drama, horror, humor, and history.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

Held early – mid October

Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center

865-436-7479

Admission Charged

Over 180 of the finest Craftspeople gifted in woodcarving, pottery, broom making, stained glass, metal work, basket weaving, calligraphy, jewelry and much more gather at the Gatlinburg Convention Center to offer their unique art for sale. Country and bluegrass music performed daily.

November

Old Fashioned Hayrides

Held during the entire month

Location: Departure is at traffic light #6 at the Mountain Mall

865-436-3897

Admission Charged

Enjoy a unique hayride with family or friends downtown Gatlinburg. As fall begins in the Smoky Mountains, take this fun filled hayride and enjoy breath taking views of the beautiful mountain foliage.

Gatlinburg Winterfest Trolley Ride of Lights

Held the entire month

Location: Departure at traffic light #3.

865-436-3897

Hours: Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm

Enjoy a trolley ride of Gatlinburg’s spectacular light displays.

Gatlinburg’s Annual Winterfest Kick-off & Chili Cook-off

Held in early November

Location: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza and River Road

865-436-0500

Admission Charged

Join the City of Gatlinburg as they light the city with millions of sparkling winter lights. Sample award winning chili from approximately 20 booths.

Gatlinburg’s Annual Winterfest

Held most of November

Location: Throughout Gatlinburg

865-436-0500

Admission Free to View

The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with over 2 million spectacular lights in fantastic displays throughout town. Displays are sure to dazzle the spirit and bring out the kid in everyone.

Annual Veteran’s Day Celebration

Held of the Monday of Veteran’s Day

Location: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

865-436-0500

Hours: Begins at 11am

The celebration includes two events to recognize America’s veterans. A patriotic celebration saluting America’s heroes is presented on the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies plaza and a musical tribute to America’s veterans is presented at the First United Methodist Church.

Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show

Held Thanksgiving Week

Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center

865-436-0500

Admission Free

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community member assemble in downtown Gatlinburg to display the unique crafts and artwork for which they are nationally known.

December

Old Fashioned Hayrides

Held during the entire month

Location: Departure is at traffic light #6 at the Mountain Mall

865-436-3897

Admission Charged

Enjoy a unique hayride with family or friends downtown Gatlinburg. As fall begins in the Smoky Mountains, take this fun filled hayride and enjoy breath taking views of the beautiful mountain foliage.

Gatlinburg Winterfest Trolley Ride of Lights

Held the entire month

Location: Departure at traffic light #3.

865-436-3897

Hours: Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm

Enjoy a trolley ride of Gatlinburg’s spectacular light displays.

Gatlinburg’s Annual Winterfest

Held all of December

Location: Throughout Gatlinburg

865-436-0500

Admission Free to View

The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with over 2 million spectacular lights in fantastic displays throughout town. Displays are sure to dazzle the spirit and bring out the kid in everyone.

Traditions of Christmas

Held during the entire month

Location: Christus Gardens

865-436-5155

Experience the true meaning of Christmas as visitors view one of America’s most visited nativity setting. Colorful banners, award-winning lighting displays, presentations of Christmas around the world and St. Nicholas, too!

Gatlinburg’s Annual “Fantasy of Lights” Christmas Parade

Held in early December

Location: Downtown Gatlinburg

865-436-0500

Hours: Parade begins at 7:30pm

Enjoy lighted floats, marching bands and giant helium balloons.

Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

Held in early December

Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center

800-568-4748

Admission Free

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community members assemble in downtown Gatlinburg to display the unique crafts and artwork for which they are nationally known.

Christmas on Ice

Held in early December

Location: Ober Gatlinburg

800-251-9202

Enjoy the spirit of the holiday season as local skaters display their talents on ice to a wide variety of holiday music.

Gatlinburg’s Annual New Year’s Ball Drop and Pyrotechnic Show

Held on December 31

Location: Space Needle on Historic Nature Trail-Airport Road

865-436-0500

The Space Needle will come to life at the stroke of midnight with a fabulous pyrotechnic show.

Arts & Entertainment

Lou Vuto’s Reflections Theater

570 East Parkway

Gatlinburg, TN 37738

877-822-7437

Don’t miss a chance to celebrate once again the King of Rock-n-Roll with a “Salute to Elvis” and hear the Show Band perform those “oldies but goodies”.

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre & Music Hall

877-388-5784

Shows at 8pm nightly

This live on-stage, comedy show is one of the most visited attractions in Gatlinburg and was officially declared A National Historical Treasure.

Nashville, Tennessee

A- Overview:
Country music’s home is based in the heart of Nashville. But even if you are not a country lover, there’s still plenty to do. Museums, sporting events, history, it’s all here. So come and pack up your things and take a ride to Music City USA.
First stop, Ryman Auditorium. The history of Nashville starts at the Ryman which began as a church and then later became the music hall for entertainers such as Roy Acuff, Dolly Parton and Hank Williams. Now, the Grand Ole Opry at Opryland has taken over where Ryman left off. The Opry is home to the “world’s longest-running live radio program”, which got its roots at Ryman. And just around the corner is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Nashville’s “Music Row” is home to dozens of recording studios, music company offices and songwriting houses.

Other Nashville attractions include a replica of the ancient Greek Parthenon, inside which are paintings of from the 19th and 20th century and numerous mansions on display. Visitors enjoy Andrew Jackson’s “The Hermitage”, Belle Meade and Belmont Mansion, to name just a few.

Vanderbilt University’s campus is located in the heart of Nashville, and numerous other schools and colleges can be found in the greater Nashville-Davidson County metro area.

If you need a little fresh air, Cheekwood is just outside Nashville. Its 55 acres of land and numerous gardens are a garden lover’s dream come true.

Nashville is home to the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League; the Titans’ renovated Adelphia Field claims to be the “loudest open stadium in the NFL” during the football season.

Whether touring the country music sites or enjoying the laid-back charm of the delightful state capital, visitors to Nashville are in for a “down-home good ole time”.

B- City Information:
Population: 545,524

Elevation: 597 feet above sea level

Land Area: 473.3 square miles

Location: Located in the mid-north section of Tennessee, approximately 50 miles from the Kentucky border

Time Zone: Central Time Zone (when it’s noon in Nashville, it’s 1pm in New York City and 10am in Los Angeles). Nashville observes Daylight Savings Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
36.3
40.8
49.6
58.0
66.6
74.7
78.7
77.4
70.9
59.4
48.9
40.1

High temperature (°F)
45.4
51.1
60.5
69.7
77.4
85.0
88.7
87.8
81.5
71.1
59.0
49.3

Low temperature (°F)
27.2
30.4
38.6
46.3
55.9
64.3
68.7
67.1
60.1
47.7
38.8
30.8

Precipitation (in)
4.0
3.8
5.0
3.9
5.1
4.1
3.8
3.2
3.7
3.0
4.5
4.8

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
11
10
12
11
11
10
10
9
8
7
9
11

Wind speed (mph)
9.1
9.3
9.9
9.2
7.6
7.0
6.5
6.2
6.5
6.8
8.4
8.9

Morning humidity (%)
79
79
77
79
85
86
88
89
89
86
81
80

Afternoon humidity (%)
66
62
57
56
60
60
61
61
62
58
62
66

Sunshine (%)
41
47
52
59
60
65
63
63
62
62
50
42

Days clear of clouds
6
7
8
8
8
8
8
10
11
13
9
7

Partly cloudy days
6
6
7
8
10
12
13
12
9
8
7
7

Cloudy days
18
15
16
13
13
10
10
9
10
10
14
17

Snowfall (in)
3.7
3.0
1.5
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.4
1.4

Local Seasons:

Known as the “Music City”, there is always something taking place in this Tennessee capital city. Nashville is known for having four distinct, yet moderate seasons, each bringing something special during their time. Fall tends to be quite beautiful with an array of colors as Mother Nature changes her look from green to reds, browns, and oranges. The banks of the Cumberland River are awash in these vibrant colors; and with the midday temperatures in or near the 70’s F, it’s a perfect time to experience many of the outdoor activities the city has to offer. Spring has a similar pattern but with a different color scheme. Summers are quite pleasant ands temperatures during the day allow visitors an opportunity to enjoy the many lakes, parks, and outdoor attractions. Winters tend to be moderate with just a small amount of snow. Whatever the season for a visit, this vibrant city will “sing for its visitors”.

Getting There:

By Air:

Nashville International Airport

One Terminal Drive

Nashville, TN 37214

615 275-1600

Located just a few miles east of the downtown area, the airport is served by many of the nationally known airlines as well as many of the local and regional carriers.

Ground Transportation:

Most of the major car rental companies are located at or near the airport as well as at certain locations throughout the city. In addition, taxis and limousine service is readily available as well.

Br Car

Nashville is easily accessible by car as it sits at the intersection of a number of Interstate Highways: Interstate 24 from the northwest (St. Louis) and southeast (Atlanta), Interstate 40 from the east (Knoxville) and west (Memphis), and Interstate 65 from the north (Louisville) and south (Birmingham).

By Train

Amtrak

200 8th Ave South
Greyhound Station
Nashville, TN 37203

800-USA-RAIL

By Bus:

Greyhound

200 8th Ave. South
Nashville TN 37203

615-255-3556

Greyhound at Metro Nashville Airport

1 Terminal Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

Getting Around:

Due to its many sites and attractions, by far the best way to get around the entire Nashville area is by car, either personal or rental.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day– Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. — Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day– 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day– last Mon. in May

Independence Day– July 4

Labor Day– 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day– 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day– Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve– Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Belle Meade
5025 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205-2801
615-356-0501
A wonderful example of the first 100 years of the south, Belle Meade is a showcase of history and architecture. The collection of buildings, ranging from a 1790 Log Cabin to an 1890 Carriage House and Stable, is available for year round tours.

Bellmont Mansion
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37212
615-460-5453
The history of Adelicia Hayes lives on in this Italian villa mansion. From 1839 until her death in 1887, she kept this mansion open to the public. Attractions included a zoo, an aquarium, a bowling alley and an art gallery. After her death, the mansion was operated as a junior college for women and is currently part of Belmont University.

Car Collectors Hall Of Fame
1534 Demonbreun Street
Nashville TN 37203
Here’s where to see over 40 classic and famous cars. Surprise the kids and let them discover that the Batmobile is here.

Cars of the Stars
2611 Mcgavock Pike
Nashville TN 37214
615 – 885-7400
Another great place for car lovers with world famous cars of music, film and TV starts.

Cheekwood- Nashville’s Home of Art and Garden
1200 Forrest Park Drive
Nashville TN 37205
615 – 356-8000
The Cheek family donated the 55 acres of Cheekwood to Nashville in 1957. By 1960, the center had opened its doors to the public. Today, visitors can stroll around the gardens, walk around the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail, and enjoy the artwork on display in the mansion.

Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum
4 Music Square East
Nashville TN 37203
800-852-6437
This is Mecca for country music fans! Take a tour of the Hall of Fame and look for your favorite country musician. See the RCA Studio where Elvis use to make his recordings — it’s the oldest recording studio in Nashville.

Cumberland Museum And Science Center
800 Ridley Blvd.
Nashville TN 37203
615 – 259-6099
Back in 1944, thanks to the foresight of Sgt. John Ripley Forbes, a Children’s Museum was established in Nashville. Sgt. Forbes’ was to have a place where a child’s imagination could run free. Today, the Cumberland Museum and Science Center is THE fun destination for kids from across the mid-South!

Grand Ole Opry House
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville TN 37214
615 – 889-3060
This is a definite “must see” in Nashville! See the legendary home of country music’s longest-running live radio show. The current list of cast members includes Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and Dolly Parton, among hundreds more. Call before you visit to see who will be playing when you’re in town.

The Hermitage
4580 Rachel’s Lane
Hermitage, TN 37076
615-889-2941
The plantation home of Andrew Jackson, the seventh President, now covers approximately 650 acres of land. See Jackson’s original furniture, log cabins, garden, kitchen and much more. With so much to look at, your family will appreciate the history lessons that come with the sites.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
3777 Nolensville Road
615-833-1534
The Nashville Zoo is an exceptional zoo that takes the time to educate its visitors about the animals and their environments. Of special interest is the “Unseen World” exhibit, which is home to over 250 insects, reptiles, mammals and birds. Find out how the name came about – it may surprise you!

Music Valley Wax Museum
2611 McGavock Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
615-883-3612
Take a walk down Music Valley Drive, one of the newest attractions in Nashville. Stop by the Wax Museum to see the famous country stars come alive. Rumor has it that Elvis was spotted here.

The Parthenon – Place Of Interest
Centennial Park
25th at West End Ave
Nashville TN 37201
615-862-8431
In 1897, to celebrate the 100th birthday of Tennessee, Nashville built a replica of the original Parthenon in Greece. Today, the Parthenon is Nashville’s premiere art museum and is home to 63 paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Ryman Auditorium
116 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37219
615-889-3060
The Ryman is one of the most famous venues for musicians in Nashville. Built as a church in 1892, later the birthplace of the Grand Ole Opry, today the Ryman is home to concerts, musical productions and even tours. Visitors to shows today can feel the history come alive!

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Cheekwood- Nashville’s Home of Art and Garden
1200 Forrest Park Drive
Nashville TN 37205
615 – 356-8000
The Cheek family donated the 55 acres of Cheekwood to Nashville in 1957. By 1960, the center had opened its doors to the public. Today, visitors can stroll around the gardens, walk around the Carell Woodland Sculpture Trail, and enjoy the artwork on display in the mansion.

Cumberland Museum And Science Center
800 Ridley Blvd.
Nashville TN 37203
615 – 259-6099
Back in 1944, thanks to the foresight of Sgt. John Ripley Forbes, a Children’s Museum was established in Nashville. Sgt. Forbes’ was to have a place where a child’s imagination could run free. Today, the Cumberland Museum and Science Center is THE fun destination for kids from across the mid-South!

Grand Old Golf
2444 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
615-871-4701
Take a break from museums and surprise the kids with a visit to Grand Old Golf. With its three miniature golf courses, bumper boats and a game room, the entire family will enjoy a relaxing diversion.

Nashville Speedway USA
625 Smith Avenue
Nashville, TN 37204
615-726-1818
See the weekly races live at this 15,000-seat stadium.

Nashville Toy Museum
2613 McGavock Pike # B
Nashville, Tennessee
615-883-8870
After a tour through the Grand Ole Opry, treat the family to some fun time at the Toy Museum. The main attraction here is the train collection consisting of trains from 19th century Europe, long before America started to produce them! In addition to delighting the train lover, visitors will discover china dolls, doll houses and even classic model ships.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
3777 Nolensville Road
615-833-1534
The Nashville Zoo is an exceptional zoo that takes the time to educate its visitors about the animals and their environments. Of special interest is the “Unseen World” exhibit, which is home to over 250 insects, reptiles, mammals and birds. Find out how the name came about – it may surprise you!

Recreation World
7115 South Springs Drive
Franklin, TN 37067-1616
615-771-7812
Need a day just for fun? Here’s the place! Recreation World offers video games, hitting balls at the batting cages, rollerblading at the RollerDome, driving go-carts and bumper cars, and miniature golf! Everybody will have a great time here.

Red Grooms Tennessee Fox Trot Carousel
Riverfront Park
Nashville, TN 37203
615-259-4700
Red Grooms has magnificently carved the history of Nashville into this brand new carousel. Davy Crockett and Andrew Jackson are just two of the figures that are portrayed here.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events

January

Nashville Boat & Sports Show

Held in mid January

Location: Nashville Convention Center
601 Commerce St.
Nashville, TN 37203

314- 567-0020

Nashville Tennessee boats, marine, tackle and most any water minded activity of sport product can be found at the Nashville Boat & Sports Show. The show is held for five days.

Nashville Antique and Garden Show

Normally held the third week of January

Location: Nashville Convention Center
615-352-9064

Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville Tennessee offers approximately 150 antique, horticultural booths and landscaped gardens. Special lectures are offered by experts in their fields in home and garden style.

February

Annual Bluegrass Music Awards & National Convention

Usually held the first week of February

Location: Sheraton Music City Hotel

660-665-7172

March

Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival

Held in late March – early April

Location: Nashville

615-256-3554

Call for exact location

Tin Pan South Songwriters spotlights the songwriters and songs that contribute so much to our lives through music. The weeklong festival is named in honor of New York’s fabled Tin Pan Alley and celebrates the strength of Nashville’s songwriting community.

Old Time Fiddles Championship

Held in late March

Location: Clarksville (approximately 1 hour from Nashville)

931-552-6149
Clarksville is host each year to the Old Time Fiddlers Championship. The event attracts people from around the country to one of the largest championships of its kind.

April

Gospel Music Week

Held the third week in April

Location: Nashville Convention Center

1205 Division Street

Nashville, TN 37203

615-242-0303
Gospel Music Week is normally held in conjunction with the Dove Awards. This is a Gospel Music Industry event that attracts artists, record companies, radio and concert representatives, among others.

Dove Awards

Held the third week in April

Location: Nashville Convention Center

1205 Division Street

Nashville, TN 37203

615-242-0303
The Dove Awards is a night honoring those voted Christian music’s best by the members of the Gospel Music Association.

Mule Days

Held the first weekend in April

Location: Columbia, TN (located 45 miles south of Nashville)

931-381-3833

A week-long celebration of the mule. Thousands of visitors come to Columbia to take part in the numerous activities ranging from working mule and best of breed events, to horse shows, arts and crafts booths, and a flea market.

Franklin Main Street Festival

Held on the fourth weekend of April

Location: Downtown Franklin (about 10 miles south of Nashville)

Franklin Main Street Festival is held annually in Downtown Franklin.

Nashville Film Festival

Usually held in mid April

Location: Regal Green Hills Cinemas in Nashville

615-742-2500

Nashville Tennessee Film Festival, formally known as the Nashville Independent Film Festival is a five day festival celebrating independent films.

May

Iroquois Steeplechase

Held the second Saturday in May

Location: Steeplechase Grounds, Nashville

615-322-4814

The Nashville Tennessee Iroquois Steeplechase is held traditionally the second Saturday in May. Horse people and spectators from all over the world congregate to see the race.

Colonial Fair

Held the first week of May

Location: Moss-Wright Park

615-859-7979

Nashville Tennessee Annual Colonial Fair features nearly 800 meticulous artisan craftsmen and their wares, colorful costumes and characters and period food and entertainment.

Market Fair at Mansker’s Station

Held the first weekend in May

Location: Mansker’s Station

The Market Fair at Mansker’s Station is an opportunity to meet all sorts of people, portraying all sorts of characters, as they would have acted in the 18th Century. Entertainers, Merchants and the like are only a small portion of what might show up at the fair.

Nashville River Stages

Usually held in May

Location: Riverfront Park

615-406-4363

Nashville River Stages is held at Riverfront Park, every May, for three days of great music and great artists all weekend long with over 50 bands performing on five stages.

Music City Championship

Held the last week of May

Location: Springhouse Golf Club

The Champions Tour has raised millions of dollars for dozens of local charities including the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Boy & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Tennessee Lions Charities, and Family & Children’s Services.

U.S. 11 Antique Alley

Held the third weekend in May

Location: 502 miles along U.S. 11

877-871-1386

A 502-mile festive roadside sale is held on U.S. Highway 11 from Meridian, Mississippi through Birmingham, Alabama, and towns in Dade County, Georgia, then Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Knoxville, Tennessee, and on to Bristol, Virginia.

Tennessee Crafts Fair

Held the first weekend in May

Location: Centennial Park, Nashville

615-385-1904

The Tennessee Crafts Fair has been held in Nashville’s Centennial Park the first weekend in May every year since 1972. A showcase for the work of craft artists living and working in Tennessee, the event also heralds the outdoor summer season and attracts over 50,000 people each spring.

June

Fan Fair
Usually held in June

Location: Downtown Nashville

This festival allows Country fans to meet More than 200 artists of their favorite artists for autographs and photos and enjoy more than 40 hours of live performances.

American Artisan Festival

Held in mid June

Location: Centennial Park
American Artisan Festival held in Centennial Park in mid June. Some 160 artists from around the country have been carefully selected to represent their areas of expertise which include blown, stained, and etched glass; furniture, instruments, and clocks; wall hangings, weavings, and baskets; jewelry; decorative clay pieces, and quilts. Music and a variety of foods are available in the park.

Loretta Lynn’s Songwriter’s Festival

Held the third week of June

Location: Downtown Nashville
Loretta Lynn’s Songwriter’s Festival is held the third week of June and offers 3 days of Live Original Performances on Multiple Stages, Publicity, Music Trade Show, Valuable Workshops, Exhibits, Food, Fun, Networking, Beverages, Canoeing, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Bicycling, Panel Forum, and Camping, with some very special Original Band Performances.

Cumberland Feast and Auction

Held in late June

Locations: Rock Harbor Yacht Club

Traditionally the Cumberland Feast signals the start of a week-long schedule of shows and activities that make up the city of Nashville’s 4th of July Celebration.

July

Independence Day at Riverfront Park

Held on the fourth of July

Location: Riverfront Park

Nashville celebrates Independence Day along the banks of the Cumberland River.

Celebration of Cultures

Held the second Saturday of July

Location: Scarritt-Bennett Center

Scarritt-Bennett Center is host to the Celebration of Cultures. This event is an entertaining and educational international family festival, which showcases the growing cultural diversity of Middle Tennessee. The event includes music, dancing, arts and crafts, an international market, food, storytellers, and much more for the entire family.

Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival

Held after the fourth of July

Location: Nashville
Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival, beginning the Thursday after July 4th, was established to honor the memory of Uncle Dave Macon, who lived near Murfreesboro and is considered one of the first Grand Ole Opry superstars. There are numerous highly charged acoustic, instrumental and dance competitions.

August

Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin

Held the first Sunday in August

Location: First Presbyterian Church of Nashville

You can always count on the first Sunday in August to be hot, and for many years, Nashville families have counted on Miss Martha’s Ice Cream Crankin to help them beat the heat. Held on the lawn of First Presbyterian Church of Nashville, the Crankin’ invites families from all over to sample delectable frozen delights, fresh from a homemade ice cream maker.

World’s Longest Yard Sale

Held in early August

Location: A variety of locations throughout Tennessee

Labeled as the World’s Longest Yard Sale, this yard sale runs down Highway 27 Corridor into Three States- Kentucky, Alabama and Tennessee. The length of this sale is said to be close to 500 miles long.

Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration

Held the later part of August

Location: Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds, Shelbyville – about 30 miles from Nashville

The historic Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds in Shelbyville, TN is home to The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, which takes place each year in late summer for the 11 days ending on the Saturday night before Labor Day.

September

African Street Festival

Held the third week of September

Location: Tennessee State University Campus
Sponsored by the African American Cultural Alliance (AACA), this phenomenal festival has grown now attracts more than 100,000 people interested in African and African American culture.

Nashville Folk Festival

Held the second weekend of September

Location: Old Jordon Farm in Wilson County – a few miles east of Nashville

The Old Jordon Farm once belonged to Spencer Jordon who was Uncle Dave Macon’s driver and road manager. The festival is dedicated to Uncle Dave and features both traditional and contemporary acoustic folk music.

Tennessee State Fair

Held the early part of September

Location: Nashville Fairgrounds
Tennessee State Fair has been entertaining local folk for decades.

October

Rollercoaster Fair

Held the first weekend in October

Location: Throughout the Nashville Area

This Four day grassroots extravaganza offers miles and miles of yard sales, crafts, antiques, handcrafted quilts, produce, southern foods, BBQ, entertainment, flea markets and more. It spans from Mammoth Cave, KY to Byrdstown TN.

Southern Festival of Books

Held the second weekend in October

Location: Downtown Nashville
This is a three-day celebration of books. The Festival is free with no tickets or reservations required and plenty of authors on hand to sign their books.

Heart of Country Antique Show

Held the third week of October

Location: Opryland Convention Center
Heart of Country Antique Show features over 150 antique dealers from across the country.

Music & Molasses Festival

Held the third weekend of October

Location: Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville
The annual Music & Molasses Festival offers molasses making, Bluegrass music, story-tellers, country cloggers, a grist mill, traditional crafts for sale, food including homemade cakes and pies, free buggy rides, log cabin activities for children with a trail hike, pony rides, animals to touch and much more.

Goodlettsville Fall Music Festival

Held the second weekend in October

Location: Moss- Wright Park, Goodlettsville – just north of Nashville
Goodlettsville’s Fall Music Festival and State BBQ Championship Cook-Off offers live music, crafts, great food, children’s attractions, and a state BBQ cook-off!

Living History Fall Encampment

Held in mid October

Location: Moss-Wright Park, Goodlettsville – just north of Nashville

A 1780 encampment with re-enactors in period dress camping, cooking and working with authentic food and gear. Held at Mansker’s Station, one of Tennessee’s first settlements. The reproduction fort is considered to be one of the most authentic in the nation.

A Season of Celebration

Held Thanksgiving – New Years
Location: Cheekwood Botanical Garden, Nashville

A Season of Celebration at Cheekwood Botanical Garden is an annual event that focuses on the Cheek home during the holidays.

December

Yule Fest and Living History Camp

Held the first week in December

Location: Goodlettsville
Re-enactors celebrate the customs of a Colonial Christmas. The reconstruction fort’s cabins are dressed for Christmas with fresh evergreens, ribbons, fruit and candles. Go from cabin to cabin, or throughout the encampment, for refreshments, stories and demonstrations.

Arts & Entertainment

Nashville Symphony

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

505 Deaderick St.

Nashville, TN 37243

615-782-4000

Call for schedule of performances

Admission Charged
The Nashville Symphony features a full schedule of classical, pops, children’s and special events concerts.

Nashville Opera Association

Tennessee Performing Arts Center

505 Deaderick St.

Nashville, TN 37243

615-832-5242
Nashville Opera is recognized by OPERA America as a Level III company, ranking it as one of the leading regional opera companies in North America.

Nashville Children’s Theatre

724 Second Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37210
615-254-9103
Call for performance schedule
Nashville Children’s Theatre is a non-profit, professional Equity theatre that brings magical productions to 80,000 people each year.

Nashville Chamber Orchestra

2002 Blair Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
615-256-6546

Call for performance schedule
The Nashville Chamber Orchestra is crossing the line of traditional expectations and presenting programs that entertain audiences while challenging them to stretch their concept of what a chamber orchestra can be.

Nashville Ballet

Tennessee Performing Arts Center
505 Deaderick St.

Nashville, TN 37243

615-297-2966

Call for performance schedule

Grand Ole Opry
2804 Opryland Drive

Nashville, TN 37214
615-871-OPRY

Call for performance information

Admission Charged

Never knowing which artist might make a surprise appearance; it’s where country rocks, bluegrass rules and Western swings.

Ryman Auditorium
116 Fifth Avenue North

Nashville, TN 37219
615-458-8700
The Ryman Auditorium, a National Historic Landmark and former home of the Grand Ole Opry (1943-1974), continues its more-than-100-year music tradition by offering the best in entertainment. By day, the Ryman offers tours that showcase the legendary stars that have graced her stage, from country’s biggest names to Mae West, Rudolf Valentino, and W.C. Fields. Then in the evening, visitors can return to the premier performance hall for one of many shows and concerts scheduled year-round.

Sports

Nashville Sounds Baseball Club

534 Chestnut Street
Home Field: Greer Stadium, Nashville
615-242-4171
A professional baseball team operating since 1978, the Nashville Sounds are the AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates and member of the 16-team Pacific Coast League. More than 200 former Sounds have gone on to appear in the major leagues. Season includes 72 games played from early April – early September.

NFL Tennessee Titans

Games played at the Coliseum in Nashville
615-565-4000
Tennessee’s franchise team is a member of the prestigious National Football League (NFL). In 1999, the team moved into its 68,800-seat Coliseum located on the east bank of the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville.

Regular season games run September – December.

Music City Raceway

Track: Music City Raceway in Goodlettsville
615-264-0375
Serving Nashville with NHRA championship drag racing, Music City Raceway is Nashville’s playground of power.

Regular season runs March – November on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Rapid City, South Dakota

A- Overview:
Rapid City lies west of the Missouri River at the heart of a landscape of prairies, pine forests, and desolate, rocky outcroppings. South Dakota’s second-largest city is a great place from which to explore the well-known Black Hills. Founded only two years after the gold boom in the Black Hills, Rapid City is a boomtown that has truly made a name for itself.

This land was once dominated by the proud and mighty Sioux nation. Today, there are nine Native American reservations in South Dakota. The Sioux influence in Rapid City can be seen in the shops and museums that display and sell Native American art and artifacts.

The vast Black Hills National forest covers 1.3 million acres on the state’s western edge. Known for its magnificent forests, mountain scenery and ghost towns, the region is home to the natural splendors of bison, deer, coyotes, elk, mountain goats, and big horn sheep. It is among these hills that sculptor Gutzon Borglum labored for more than 14 years sculpting the granite cliff which displays the faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt are carved. Also, in the Black Hills region the largest sculpture in the world, the Crazy Horse Memorial, is being created. When finished, it will depict the Dakota warrior who defeated General Custer at Little Bighorn.

The Black Hills were the backdrop for the Academy Award-winning film “Dances With Wolves.” Formal gardens, at Halley Park, Sioux Park, Memorial Park and on Canyon Lake Drive, are all places in which to relax and gain a new perspective on the majesty and beauty of the West.

Black Hills gold is sold to tourists at countless roadside jewelry shops and factory outlets, while mines continue to produce millions of dollars worth of it every year. Several historic mines offer tours.

One popular tour is found in the mile-high town of Lead at the Black Hills Mining Museum. The tour winds through re-created mining tunnels lined with figures posed to display old-fashioned and modern mining equipment. The museum is on Lead’s narrow Main Street, which is bordered by neatly restored early 20th-century commercial buildings. Even more authentic, however, is the carefully restored gambling mecca of Deadwood, just three miles away.

Set in a narrow valley, the entire town of Deadwood is one large historic district with a Victorian-era Main Street anchored at one end by the landmark Franklin Hotel. The hotel’s white-columned portico along with Main Street’s ornate cast-iron lamps and renovated storefronts make it easy to picture what life in the Black Hills was like in the early 1900s.

The transformation came not too many years ago when hard economic times reduced funds for historic preservation and Deadwood was in danger of a serious decline. The turnaround began in 1989 when casino gaming in Deadwood was legalized. Today a portion of every dollar made from gambling goes toward preserving Deadwood’s architectural heritage, resulting in its current well-kept and historically accurate appearance.

The casino restaurants offer a wide variety of excellent cuisine. Steaks are featured, beef as well as bison. There is also locally caught trout and pheasant on many menus.

All in all, Rapid City’s heartland hospitality amid a backdrop of some of the most attractive scenery in America, makes Rapid City a sure bet for a memorable trip.

B- City Information:
Population: 59,607

Elevation: 3247 feet above sea level

Land Area: 44.6 square miles

Location: Located in the southwestern section of South Dakota on Interstate 90

Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (when it’s noon in Rapid City, it’s 1pm in Chicago, 2pm in New York City, and 11am in Los Angeles). Rapid City observes Daylight Saving Time from April – October

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
22.3
26.2
33.4
42.8
53.4
63.3
70.1
68.7
58.6
47.2
32.8
24.9

High temperature (°F)
34.3
38.1
45.4
54.6
64.8
75.0
82.7
82.4
72.8
60.7
44.3
36.9

Low temperature (°F)
10.3
14.3
21.3
30.9
41.9
51.4
57.3
54.9
44.4
33.6
21.1
12.7

Precipitation (in)
0.3
0.4
0.9
2.0
3.4
3.1
2.7
2.1
1.2
1.6
0.5
0.3

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precip.
6
7
8
10
12
12
9
8
6
6
6
6

Wind speed (mph)
10.7
11.1
12.4
13.1
12.2
10.9
10.1
10.2
11.0
11.2
10.9
10.5

Morning humidity (%)
69
71
75
73
76
78
74
72
68
67
69
69

Afternoon humidity (%)
64
61
54
47
48
49
41
37
39
46
60
64

Sunshine (%)
57
60
63
62
60
65
73
74
70
66
55
55

Local Seasons:

Summer tends to be busiest time of year, but at any given time special events both in the city as well as in the nearby areas do increase the number of tourists visiting the area. Rapid City has four distinct seasons. Summers are warm and sometimes hot with cool nights from June through September. During this time, the daytime temperature is near 80 F and the evening temperatures registering in the 50’s F. Fall begins in mid September when the temperatures begin to drop, offering cool weather into November and making it an excellent time to explore the many outdoor sites in the area. While winter temperatures can be very brisk, cold spells usually alternate with milder weather. Snowfall is prevalent—providing excellent conditions for winter sports. Spring brings a re-birth to the area with mostly sunny days, but this can be the rainy season. Spring snow showers are a possibility through early May as well. During this time, temperatures can range from the 40’s F to the 80’s so be sure to bring appropriate clothing.

How to Get There:

By Air

Rapid City Regional Airport

4550 Terminal Road
Rapid City, South Dakota 57703
605-394-4195

The airport is the commercial airline hub for the Black Hills and is served by many of the commuter affiliates of the major national airlines.

Ground Transportation

Most of the major car rental companies as well as taxi, limousine, and shuttle bus services are available at the airport

By Car

Interstate 90 is the main route for driving to the Black Hills, but visitors can also enter the area on East-West highways US 16, US 18, US 212, SD 34, or SD 40; and North-South highways US 85, US 385 and SD 79. The South Dakota Department of Transportation keeps all highways in excellent driving condition, even during hard winters.

By Bus

Greyhound

Milo Barber Transportation Center
333 6th St.
Rapid City, SD 57701

605-348-3300

Call for schedule and additional information

How to Get Around

With so many sites to see and things to do, both within Rapid City as well as throughout the surrounding area, the best way to get around is by either personal or rental car

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day: Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day: 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day: last Mon. in May

Independence Day: July 4

Labor Day: 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
1880 Town-South Dakota’s Original
Interstate 90, Exit 170
605-344-2259
605-642-2248
Explore more than 30 original turn-of-the-century South Dakota buildings. The buildings have been relocated to this site from throughout the state and furnished with thousands of unique relics of the Old West. Features include a 4-sided barn, a Casey Tibbs tribute, Buffalo Bill display, Town Hall-historic film shown continuously, Western art collection, and an 800-acre longhorn cattle ranch.

Badlands National Park
51 miles east of Rapid City on I-90
Visitors can immerse themselves among jagged cliffs, deep canyons and flat-topped buttes lies one of the most stunning geologic displays visible on earth. Experience Indian cultural exhibits, roadside exhibits, nature trails.

Crazy Horse Monument and Heritage Village
Black Hills
17 miles SW of Mount Rushmore on Hwy. 16-385
605-675-4681
The Crazy Horse Memorial is a memorial to the famous Native American leader, in the form of a huge statue of the rider on horseback. This monument is carved on the side of a mountain. The site includes a full function Visitor Center and is the home of the Indian Museum of North America.

Custer State Park
Custer
800-658-3530
Where the Buffalo Roam Free. Enjoy scenic drives among 73,000 acres of natural beauty.
Guided tours and many park resort areas are available. While cruising the wildlife loop, you never know what you may see bobcat, buffalo, antelope, bighorn sheep, coyotes, and much more.

Devil’s Tower National Monument
120 miles west of Rapid City – Wyoming Hwys. 14 and 24
An awesome rock tower rising 264 meter above the Wyoming Plains, Devils Tower is actually the remains of the inside of an ancient volcano, featured in the science-fiction film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. For visitors interested in hiking, there is a flat trail that encircles the tower. There are many interesting trees and plants to observe on this trail, and you might also spot some climbers on the Tower.

Fort Hays Dances With Wolves Chuckwagon Supper & Western Music Show
8181 Mt. Rushmore Road, Hwy. 16W
Rapid City, SD
605-394-9653, 888-394-9653, 605-394-0197
Enjoy the film set where “Dances with Wolves” was filmed, while overlooking the beautiful Black Hills. Make sure to bring your appetite to the nightly roast beef chuckwagon suppers & western musical show.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills
25 Miles Southwest of Rapid City Hwy. 16A
605-574-2515
The monument consists of the enormous statues of four US presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt ad Abraham Lincoln – carved from the side of the mountain. There are exhibits detailing the life story of Gutzen Borglum, the monument’s designer, and explaining how the monument was constructed.

Wind Cave National Park
Black Hills
65 miles Southwest of Rapid City, Hwys. 16A and 385
One of the world’s oldest caves; follow 44 miles of underground tunnels and caverns. The cave tours are the main attraction of this National Park.

Jewel Cave National Monument
53 miles southwest of Rapid City, Hwy 16
Jewel Cave is a giant underground labyrinth with a myriad of beautiful “jewel-like” Dogtooth and Nailhead Spar crystals.

Bear Country USA
8 miles south of Rapid City on Hwy. 16
605-343-2290
See where the animals roam free! Bears, mountain lions, Rocky Mountain Elk, big horn sheep, buffalo, and timber wolves are just a few of the creatures in this drive through wildlife park.

Children’s Science Center
515 West Blvd
Rapid City, SD
605-394-6996
605-394-6177
The Children’s Science Center is a science technology museum with “hands on/minds on” exhibits for children of all ages. The museum also includes a gift shop, picnic grounds and gardens.

Cosmos of the Black Hills
17 miles south of Rapid City
605-343-9802
One of the strangest locations in the Black Hills, where the world is topsy-turvy. The laws of nature seem to have gone completely berserk at The Cosmos and nothing is in its normal position.

Reptile Gardens
Mt. Rushmore Road (6 miles South of Rapid City)
Rapid City, SD
605-342-5873
Reptile Gardens Houses the largest collection of reptiles in the world. Featuring four great shows to keep you entertained all afternoon!

Rushmore Waterslide Park
3 miles South of Rapid City on Mt. Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD
605-348-8962
A great family spot with 9 exciting slides up to 400 feet long. Bring the family and enjoy the kiddie pool, picnic area, hot spa, and much more.

South Dakota Air & Space Museum
I-90, Exit 66 7 miles east of Rapid City
EAFB
This museum features static displays of the B-52 Bomber, a B-26 Invader, C-47 cargo plane, F-101 VooDoo jet fighter, and much more.

Storybook Island
1301 Sheridan Lake Rd
Rapid City, SD
605-342-6357
This family adventure is Free and Fun! A children s fairyland features 128 fairy tale scenes, live animals, special events, and food concessions. Make sure to bring the entire family!

The Flintstones, Bedrock City
Outside Custer on Hwy. 16 & 385
605-673-4664
Take a step back in time and enjoy Brontoburgers or Dino Dogs. Bring the family for a ride in the Flintmobile and Iron-Horse Train.

The Journey Museum
222 New York St
Rapid City, SD
605-394-6923
The newest Museum to develop in Rapid City, The Journey has combined collections from the Museum of Geology, State Archaeological Research Museum, The Sioux Indian Museum, Minnilusa Pioneer Museum, and the Duhamel Plains Indian Artifacts. This is one attraction you should not miss!

The Ranch Amusement Park
3 miles south of Rapid City Hwy. 16
605-342-3321
The Ranch offers fun family activities that include bumper boats, go-carts, arcades, miniature golf, and much more.

Trout Haven
Hwy. 385 20 minutes from Rapid City via Hwy. 44
605-342-6009
For a true fishing excursion come out to Trout Haven where the trout are always biting! Trout Haven furnishes poles and bait, clean your catch, and package them.

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
1500 Lacrosse St
Rapid City, SD
605-343-8540
Put-Put Golf for the whole family to enjoy!

Old Fort Meade Museum
1 mile east of Sturgis Hwy 34
Established in 1878, Fort Meade displays numerous mementos of the colorful units and troopers who served in the Dakota Territory.

Museum of Geology
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 East St. Joseph St
605-394-2467
800-544-8162
The Museum of Geology is an exhibit facility that presents an astonishing array of fossils, minerals, and rocks that are representative of the geologic diversity of South Dakota. The fossil collection includes dinosaurs such as Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus and Edmontosaurus, a duck-billed dinosaur.

Evans Plunge
Hwy. 385 in Hot Springs
605-745-5165
Great family fun in these natural hot springs. Thrills and spills for everyone to enjoy in these natural spring fed pools.

Black Hills Central Railroad – The 1880 Train
Depart from Hill City Hwy 16 & 385 or Keystone on Hwy 16
605-574-2222
All aboard for a 20-mile trip on a real steam train. The train is just like the one that opened and settled the Great American West.

Thunderhead Falls
10 miles from Rapid City on Hwy 44W
605-343-0081
A gushing 8 cubic feet of water falls. This waterfall is buried deep within 600 feet of mountain and runs vertically for more than thirty feet. Visitors can explore the old mine that houses this spectacular display.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Bear Country USA
8 miles south of Rapid City on Hwy. 16
605-343-2290
See where the animals roam free! Bears, mountain lions, Rocky Mountain Elk, big horn sheep, buffalo, and timber wolves are just a few of the creatures in this drive through wildlife park.

Children’s Science Center
515 West Blvd
Rapid City, SD
605-394-6996
605-394-6177
The Children’s Science Center is a science technology museum with “hands on/minds on” exhibits for children of all ages. The museum also includes a gift shop, picnic grounds and gardens.

Cosmos of the Black Hills
17 miles south of Rapid City
605-343-9802
One of the strangest locations in the Black Hills, where the world is topsy-turvy. The laws of nature seem to have gone completely berserk at The Cosmos and nothing is in its normal position.

Reptile Gardens
Mt. Rushmore Road (6 miles South of Rapid City)
Rapid City, SD
605-342-5873
Reptile Gardens Houses the largest collection of reptiles in the world. Featuring four great shows to keep you entertained all afternoon!

Rushmore Waterslide Park
3 miles South of Rapid City on Mt. Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD
605-348-8962
A great family spot with 9 exciting slides up to 400 feet long. Bring the family and enjoy the kiddie pool, picnic area, hot spa, and much more.

South Dakota Air & Space Museum
I-90, Exit 66 7 miles east of Rapid City
EAFB
This museum features static displays of the B-52 Bomber, a B-26 Invader, C-47 cargo plane, F-101 VooDoo jet fighter, and much more.

Crazy Horse Monument and Heritage Village
Black Hills
17 miles SW of Mount Rushmore on Hwy. 16-385
605-675-4681
The Crazy Horse Memorial is a memorial to the famous Native American leader, in the form of a huge statue of the rider on horseback. This monument is carved on the side of a mountain. The site includes a full function Visitor Center and is the home of the Indian Museum of North America.

Devil’s Tower National Monument
120 miles west of Rapid City – Wyoming Hwys. 14 and 24
An awesome rock tower rising 264 meter above the Wyoming Plains, Devils Tower is actually the remains of the inside of an ancient volcano, featured in the science-fiction film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. For visitors interested in hiking, there is a flat trail that encircles the tower. There are many interesting trees and plants to observe on this trail, and you might also spot some climbers on the Tower.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Black Hills
25 Miles Southwest of Rapid City Hwy. 16A
605-574-2515
The monument consists of the enormous statues of four US presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt ad Abraham Lincoln – carved from the side of the mountain. There are exhibits detailing the life story of Gutzen Borglum, the monument’s designer, and explaining how the monument was constructed.

Wind Cave National Park
Black Hills
65 miles Southwest of Rapid City, Hwys. 16A and 385
One of the world’s oldest caves; follow 44 miles of underground tunnels and caverns. The cave tours are the main attraction of this National Park.

Storybook Island
1301 Sheridan Lake Rd
Rapid City, SD
605-342-6357
This family adventure is Free and Fun! A children s fairyland features 128 fairy tale scenes, live animals, special events, and food concessions. Make sure to bring the entire family!

The Flintstones, Bedrock City
Outside Custer on Hwy. 16 & 385
605-673-4664
Take a step back in time and enjoy Brontoburgers or Dino Dogs. Bring the family for a ride in the Flintmobile and on the Iron-Horse Train.

The Journey Museum
222 New York St
Rapid City, SD
605-394-6923
The newest Museum to develop in Rapid City, The Journey has combined collections from the Museum of Geology, State Archaeological Research Museum, The Sioux Indian Museum, Minnilusa Pioneer Museum, and the Duhamel Plains Indian Artifacts. This is one attraction you should not miss!

The Ranch Amusement Park
3 miles south of Rapid City Hwy. 16
605-342-3321
The Ranch offers fun family activities that include bumper boats, go-carts, arcades, miniature golf, and much more.

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf
1500 Lacrosse St
Rapid City, SD
605-343-8540
Put-Put Golf for the whole family to enjoy!

Black Hills Central Railroad – The 1880 Train
Depart from Hill City Hwy 16 & 385 or Keystone on Hwy 16
605-574-2222
All aboard for a 20-mile trip on a real steam train. The train is just like the one that opened and settled the Great American West.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events & Entertainment

January

Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo

Held in late January

Location: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

605-394-6923

Call for additional information

Black Hills Gift Show

Held in late January

Location: Best Western Ramkota Hotel

605-367-3181

Call for additional information

February

Mardi Gras

Held throughout February

Location: Deadwood

800-999-1876

Call for additional information

Black Hills Sports Show and Sale

Held in mid February

Location: Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

605-494-4115

Call for additional information

March

St. Patrick’s Weekend

Held over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Location: Deadwood

900-999-1876

Call for additional information

Rockin’ Into Spring

Held in early March

Location: Deadwood Pavilion

800-999-1986

Call for additional information

June

South Dakota Good Sam Skate Samboree

Held in mid June

Location: Rapid City

605-341-7255

Call for additional information

Wild Bill Days

Held in mid June

Location: Deadwood

800-999-1876

Call for additional information

Black Hills Square and Round Dance Festival

Held in late July

Location: Downtown Rapid City

605-394-4115

Call for additional information

August

Blackhills Motorcycle Rally

Held in Early – mid August

Location: Sturgis

605-642-8166

Call for additional information

During the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, hundreds of thousands of riders experience the many things to see and do in the Rapid City and Black Hills area. From the five National Parks and Monuments, to abundant history and wildlife, including one of the largest herds of buffalo in the world found at Custer State Park, rally goers will discover that the Black Hills are one of the most spectacular touring destinations around.

September

Dakota Roping Association Finals

Held in mid September

Location: Central States Fairgrounds

307-896-2405

Call for additional information

October

Octoberfest

Held in mid October

Location: Deadwood

800-999-1876

Call for additional information

Entertainment:

Black Hills Symphony Orchestra

1202 E Saint Francis St
Rapid City, SD 57701

605-348-4676

Call for performance schedule and additional information