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Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee
The Great Smoky Mountains on the border with North Carolina are part of the Blue Ridge mountain range (Appalachian Mountains).
Image: Evan Nichols

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About Tennessee

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Time zone: Central
East Tennessee
Eastern: UTC -5/DST-4
Middle and West
Central: UTC -6/DST-5
Clock shows DST
Location map of Tennessee state USA
Where in the United States is Tennessee? Location map of Tennessee in the US.

The landlocked US state is situated in the central southeastern United States. Tennessee borders eight other US states, Kentucky and Virginia to the north, North Carolina to the east, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia in south, Arkansas and Missouri along the Mississippi River in west. The states nickname is "The Volunteer State". Tennessee consists of 95 counties.

The area of Tennessee was originally part of North Carolina. In 1790 North Carolina ceded the area to the United States. Admission to the Union on 1st June 1796, it was admitted as the 16th state.
Tennessee was the site of many Civil War battles, including those at Shiloh and Chattanooga.

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Tennessee Topographic Regions Map
Topographic Map of Tennessee showing the location of the Appalachian mountain range, the Ridge and Valley region, the Cumberland Plateau, and the Gulf Coastal Plain. (click map to enlarge)

Tennessee occupies an area of 109,152 km² (42,144 sq mi) [1], compared it is about the size of Bulgaria or Cuba. Compared with other US states, Tennessee would fit into Texas more than six times.

The Grand Divisions of Tennessee
The state has its own special geographical and cultural feature, its called the "Grand Divisions of Tennessee". The three grand divisions are East, Middle, and West Tennessee.

Nickajack Lake reservoir, Tennessee
Nickajack Lake Tennessee is a reservoir created by Nickajack Dam on the Tennessee River.
Image: Brian Stansberry

I. East Tennessee is dominated by the Cumberland Plateau, the southern part of the Appalachian Plateau, within this mountainous area there are East Tennessee's principal cities Knoxville, Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities (Kingsport, Johnson City and Bristol).

East Tennessee is almost entirely in the Eastern Time Zone (see: US Time Zone Map) while the rest of the state uses Central Time.

II. Middle Tennessee lies west of the Cumberland Plateau, it features rolling hills and fertile river valleys and the state capital Nashville as well as Tennessee's largest metro, the Nashville Metropolitan Area with 1.6 million people.

III: Between Tennessee River and the Mississippi lies West Tennessee, a mostly agricultural region except for the state's second largest city Memphis.

Highest elevation in the state is Clingmans Dome 2,025 m (6,643 ft), a mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains (part of the Blue Ridge) on the border with North Carolina in east.

World Heritage Site
Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee
Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.
Image: Thomas

Tennessee shares one UNESCO World Heritage Site with North Carolina.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park UNESCO official website is a major North American refuge of temperate zone flora and fauna that survived the Pleistocene glaciations. The park covers an area of over more than 200,000 ha centered on the ridge line of the Great Smoky Mountains, a subrange of the Appalachian Mountain chain.

The park is home to the largest remnant of an Arcto-Tertiary geoflora that once covered the Northern Hemisphere, and it provides an indication of the appearance of late Pleistocene (Ice Age) flora.

The main park entrance in Tennessee is at Gatlinburg, and in North Carolina at Cherokee.

Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville
Rendered image of Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. The National Historic Landmark building is home of the General Assembly of Tennessee.
Image: Google

Tennessee has a population of 6.7 million people (2018 est.) [2]. Capital and largest city is Nashville, largest metro area is Nashville metropolitan area. The city is located on the Cumberland River in northern Middle Tennessee.

Other major cities are Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville, and Murfreesboro.

Busiest airports are Memphis International Airport (IATA code: MEM), and Nashville International Airport (Berry Field; IATA code: BNA).

Cities and Towns in Tennessee

The map shows the location of following cities and towns in Tennessee:

Cane Creek in Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee
The Delta Queen, a famous sternwheel steamboat and a National Historic Landmark. The riverboat was moored in Chattanooga, Tennessee serving as a floating hotel.
Image: Brent Moore

Largest cities in Tennessee with a population of more than 100,000:
Memphis (672,000), Nashville (626,000), Knoxville (178,000), Chattanooga (167,000), Clarksville (133,000), Murfreesboro (109,000)
Population figures est. 2014

Other cities and towns in Tennessee:
Athens, Bolivar, Bristol, Brownsville, Cleveland, Columbia, Cookeville, Dickson, Dyersburg, Fayetteville, Franklin, Gallatin, Gatlinburg, Germantown, Greeneville, Hendersonville, Jackson, Johnson City, Kingsport, Lawrenceburg, Lebanon, Lexington, Linden, Livingston, Martin, Maryville, McMinnville, Milan, Millington, Morristown, Newport, Oak Ridge, Oneida, Paris, Portland, Pulaski, Savannah, Selmer, Shelbyville, Smyrna, Tullahoma, Union City, and Waverly.

Downtown Nashville at the Cumberland River
Skyline of Downtown Nashville at the Cumberland River during blue-hour, seen from the Korean War Memorial Bridge.
Image: Jason Mrachina

The detailed map below is showing the US state of Tennessee with boundaries, the location of the state capital Nashville, major cities and populated places, rivers, streams and lakes, interstate highways, principal highways, and railroads.

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Reference Map of Tennessee
Reference Map of Tennessee

Map is based on a state map of The National Atlas of the USA.
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