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The Bristol Motor Speedway
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The Cherokee National Forest
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Waterfall in the Appalachian Mountains
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Country music had its humble beginnings along the border of Tennessee and Virginia in a tiny city called Bristol. This city, with its double dose of Southern charm, has a shared downtown area between the two states. The first country music was recorded here by the Carter family and Jimmie Rodgers. Bristol was given the official title of the “Birthplace of Country Music” by Congress in 1998.
Bristol is part of the Tri-Cities region, which includes Johnson City and Kingsport. The area is located in the far northeast corner of Tennessee, just west of the Cherokee National Forest. The forest contains over 600 miles of trails, three large lakes, hundreds of streams, seven whitewater rivers, and 30 developed campgrounds. This forest is ideal for whitewater rafting, mountain climbing, hiking, wildlife viewing, fishing, kayaking, camping, and mountain biking.
In addition to country music legends, Bristol is a popular destination for NASCAR fans who flock to the Bristol Motor Speedway, one of the largest sports venues in the country. Other popular destinations include the historic downtown district, which is lined with outdoor cafes, boutiques, antique shops, and other businesses, and the caverns. Bristol Caverns offers tours of the caverns, carved by an ancient underground river about 200 to 400 million years ago. Appalachian Caverns features tours, a picnic area, and a campground. The Appalachian Caverns are a bat sanctuary where six different species of bats live.