I didn’t know that states had official paintings, but Tennessee Treasures is the one for Tennessee and the artist is Michael Sloan. He has the awesome job of being Tennessee’s artist in residence, and seems to effectively capture the spirit of Tennessee. In his work.
Tennessee has both Memphis and Nashville so is a very musically orientated state. In fact Tennessee has Three bricks and mortar museums to recognise their role in nurturing various forms of popular music: the Memphis Rock N’ Soul Museum, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, and the International Rock-A-Billy Museum in Jackson. Those coupled with Graceland and BB King’s Blues Clubmake Tennessee quite the state for music lovers.
My total score for Tennessee out of 50 is 31.
Categories out of 10
Home comforts Quality of food, accommodation, etc. Score of 7. Good ole Southern style cooking and pleasant accommodations just outside Memphis.
Attractions The quality of the attractions and generally how fun and interesting they were. Score of 6. Lots of music activities, but they can be a little tourist trappy.
Natural Beauty The aesthetic vistas of the state which make the drive easier. Score of 6. Nice enough, but doesn’t knock your socks off.
Culture Historical and cultural sites and interactions with the locals. Score of 6. Lots for music, not much else.
Value Financial value – bang for your buck, so to speak. Score of 6. Tourist activities can be pricey. Other stuff is cheap.