If you’re planning a trip to Nashville or Memphis and don’t venture beyond the city limits, you’re missing out. Western Tennessee, the stretch between the two popular cities, boasts beautiful landscapes, Civil War history, attractions and great eats.
Shiloh National Military Park
Nearly 24,000 Americans lost their lives during the Battle of Shiloh, a two-day battle fought to control the Union’s position at Pittsburgh Landing on the Tennessee River. Visitors to the park can tour its small museum, then drive to the important points on the battleground. Don’t miss the seven on-site Shiloh Indian Mounds.
Although it is 22 miles southwest into Mississippi, Corinth Battlefield is also part of Shiloh National Military Park and contains 14 historic sites associated with the siege, battle and Union occupation of the town. Highlights include the Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center, Corinth Contraband Camp and trenches remaining from the conflict.
Discovery Park of America
With 10 devoted galleries to nature, science, technology, history and art, Discovery Park of America in Union City has something for everyone. Experience a simulation of the 1811 to 1812 earthquakes that shaped the region, learn about local marine animals and slide through a 60-foot replica of the human body. You’ll also see Native American artifacts, military equipment and vintage automobiles.
Outside, the heritage park features a 19th-century gristmill, log cabins, farm buildings, waterfalls, a 100-year-old church, train station and a replica of the Liberty Bell.
The Grind Mac and Cheese Burger Bar
Hungry? Make a pit stop at The Grind Mac and Cheese Burger Bar in Martin, not far from Discovery Park of America. You’ll usually have to wait for a table at this family-friendly joint, but it’s worth it for the prime beef burgers and gourmet mac ‘n’ cheese. If you can’t decide between the two, order the MacLovin’ Burger topped with mac ‘n’ cheese and bacon.
You’ll want to save room for dessert here, though. The restaurant is known for its Instagrammable shakes like the Fluffernutter, a peanut butter milkshake topped with marshmallow crème, peanut butter cereal, peanut butter-based candy bars and peanut butter cookies.
Rusty’s TV & Movie Car Museum
In Jackson, head to Rusty’s TV & Movie Car Museum to gawk at more than 25 of Hollywood’s most famous vehicles, including The General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard TV show, cars from The Fast and The Furious franchise and the time traveling DeLorean from the Back to the Future movies.
While in Jackson, stop at Casey Jones Village. The attraction includes shops, a small railroad museum, a 100-year-old church, restaurants, an ice cream parlor and mini-golf.
Huntsville, Alabama, is one of those destinations helping define the family-friendly vacation. Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the city is lovingly nicknamed Rocket City thanks to its history of always reaching for the stars. This is where you’ll find Space Camp, where kids and families can take part in various programs at the world’s largest space museum, U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
Through Dec. 31, family travelers can enjoy the most unexpected thing in Florida: a white Christmas. The Now Snowing in Celebration festival in Kissimmee, Florida, embraces winter traditions for both locals and visitors. Free to visit, families will love heading to the town built by Disney.
Let family travels take you to one of these stunning aquariums around the United States. Recently, Aquarium Store Depot analyzed TripAdvisor reviews containing words such as beautiful, breathtaking and picturesque for 175 public aquariums across America. Each aquarium ranked based on the percentage of reviews to determine the most eye-catching aquariums.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
All aboard! A holiday afternoon tea on a vintage train winding its way through lush wine country? If that sounds a lovely to you as it does to us, the Napa Valley Wine Train is on track to offer you a great seasonal experience perfect for sharing with family or loved ones. Tea is served in a holiday-decked vintage Pullman rail car with historic features like Honduran mahogany paneling, etched glass partitions, sumptuous armchairs and gleaming brass accents.