We asked a panel of Tennessee travel writers and photographers to nominate their favorite state attractions, and for the past four weeks our readers have been voting for their favorites.


Visitors to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga trace the journey of water from the mountains through the Appalachian Cove Forest, into the Ohio River where it joins with the Mississippi that flows into the Gulf of Mexico. A broad array of wildlife highlights ecosystems along the way, including alligators, otters, snapping turtles, catfish and sunfish. Featured habitats – delta swamp, tropical rain forest, spiny forest and reefs – provide homes for frogs, penguins, sharks, jellyfish, cuttlefish and lemurs, while professional keepers and divers happily share their expertise with visiting guests. Photo courtesy of Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau


Located just outside Chattanooga along the border with Georgia, Lookout Mountain’s northern Tennessee side is home to some of the state's star attractions – a 145-foot underground waterfall known as Ruby Falls and an incline railway that has been in operation since 1895. Photo courtesy of Rock City

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Published by USA Today 10 Best on Jan. 19, 2018.