This month, we travel east to Tennessee, the Volunteer State. It is the 36th largest state by area and the 16th most populous state. Nashville is home to the Grand Old Opry. Memphis, in the far southwest portion of the state, is home to Elvis Presley’s Graceland and the blues clubs of Beale Street. Sun Records resides in Memphis, which is where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Charlie Rick began their recording careers.
Tennessee is home to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located in the eastern part of the state. It is the most visited national park in the country. Furthermore, the state is considered to be the most biologically diverse state without a coastline, boasting seven of the eight most ecologically rich rivers in North America. It has more than 325 species of fish, ranking the state first among all states in freshwater fish diversity. The state also has a diverse population of salamanders.