Top 10 Things to Do in the Appalachian Highlands

Make the most of your time in the United States – get out and explore!


1. Square dance

Grab a partner and do-si-do your way through this popular American folk dance. Learn the steps as a teacher leads the fun.

2. Salute Elvis at Graceland

The Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, was the castle of America’s King of Rock ’n’ Roll, Elvis Presley. Tour the property, listen to his music, and see the famous Jungle Room.

3. Explore Virginia’s geological wonders

With below-ground temperatures hovering around 56°F, Virginia’s Luray Caverns and Shenandoah Caverns are comfortable to visit year-round. Or visit the Natural Bridge, a towering limestone arch with a fascinating history.

4. See a Civil War reenactment

Hobbyists and historians bring history to life by dressing as soldiers and reenacting battles from the American Civil War (1861-1865).

5. Visit a national park

Check out the world’s longest cave system at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky; or explore Appalachian mountain culture at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee..

6. Go to Churchill Downs

Stroll the historic grounds of this magnificent racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, home to America’s most legendary horse race, the Kentucky Derby.

7. Camp under the stars

Leave the laptop behind, and grab a tent, sleeping bag, (and of course, chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows for s’mores), and spend an evening around a campfire.

8. Find a natural swimming hole

Some of the nation’s best rivers, streams, and springs are in Virginia and West Virginia. Who needs a pool?

9. Listen to live music

In Tennessee, find the blues on Beale Street in Memphis, or check out the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, America’s “Music City.”

10. Take a ride through the Blue Ridge Parkway

Ask an American friend to take you for a drive, and see the staggering beauty of one of the country’s most beautiful regions.

Stay safe and have fun!


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