15 Unspoken Rules About Tennessee That All The Locals Know

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Tennessee locals: vote up the rules that all tourists should know before they visit.

Who is down for some Tennessee whiskey and good country music? In case you are planning a visit to this great state or to its Music City, you'll need these Tennessee tourist tips. And if you want a true local experience, you should probably pay attention to all the local Tennessee rules. And if you're looking for more southern charm, you can always learn from the locals of Georgia.


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    6 VOTES

    Don't Underestimate Hot Chicken

    From a former Redditor

    Do not get any Hot Chicken above hot, and I would not recommend going higher than medium.

    6 votes
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    Don't Miss The Parthenon

    From Redditor u/rufusclark:

    Pleeeease don't miss The Parthenon in Nashville. So many people don't know about it. It's a full-size replica of the one in Greece.

    6 votes
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    Keep Your Trip To These Three Cities

    From Redditor u/xkcd123:

    I grew up in TN so if you really want to experience the whole state I’d go this way:

    My advice would be to keep that trip to 3 cities, Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga. That way you have time to explore a few places in each city.

    Knoxville - a decent-sized city and a college town so it’s pretty active. A lot more restaurants and breweries have started popping up here recently. Great Smokey Mountains are right up the road (1hr) and offer some great hiking. My favorites are Charlie’s Bunion (Jumpoff as well which is nearby), Mt Le Conte via Alumn Bluff, Chimney Tops, Cade’s Cove. I’d skip Sevierville and pigeon forge personally - I think it’s touristy and not in a good way. Gatlinburg is touristy too but has a cooler mountain town vibe. The University of Tennessee is there which is cool.

    6 votes
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    Stay Away From Pedal Taverns

    From Redditor u/wroberts424:

    Don't do pedal taverns and the "whoo" that comes along with them.

    5 votes
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    Don't Rent A Horse-Drawn Carriage

    From Redditor u/ayokg:

    Don't you f*cking dare rent one of the horse-drawn carriages in Downtown Nashville. It's absolutely cruel. The horses are forced to pull hundreds of pounds of human and carriage in the sweltering heat for 6 months of the year and they are there throughout the rest of the year too. They have to navigate next to the busiest streets in town, which has to be terrifying for them. Plus our roads aren't necessarily gentle on their hooves and legs. They also add to the backlog of traffic in the area and when you do finally get to pass them, their handler usually mean mugs you for passing them/making them look bad. It's absolutely shameful and they should be banned for the city.

    5 votes
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    Walk The Nashville Greenways

    From Redditor u/rimeswithburple:

    We have both a Krystal's and a White Castle. That's pretty rare to have both in a city. Pancake Pantry just started serving supper some days to try to keep from going out of business. There are some disc golf parks around town and some pretty good walking trails (google Nashville greenways).

    5 votes