(StatePoint)  When spring hits the air, it's time to get out of the house and explore. But life doesn't always allow you to travel far. It's a good thing Tennessee has so many options available nearby. 

There's no need to travel around the country when there are great destinations in the area. Any spring vacation planning should start with these locations: 

Discover Amazing Museums in Jackson


You won’t have to worry about rain ruining your perfect road trip with these great stops. When you are visiting Jackson, the museums are a must. The first is the Tennessee Legends of Music Museum at the Carnegie. Learn about the rich musical history of West Tennessee and take in the one-of-a-kind memorabilia. Next, visit Rusty’s TV and Movie Car Museum. There you will find more than 50 cars from some all-time favorite television shows and movies. Many of the cars were used in the films, while others are hand-built, exact replicas that Rusty, himself, creates. Last but not least, visit the Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum. Learn about the life of the iconic railroad engineer and the railroad history in Jackson.

Explore the Wonder of Rock Island State Park


Explore Rock Island State Park, an 883-acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins, and Rocky Rivers. The rugged beauty of the park includes the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam. These overlooks are some of the most scenic and significant along the Eastern Highland Rim. It has plenty of romantic spots to enjoy time with your partner. Great Falls is a 30-foot horseshoe cascading waterfall, located below the 19th-century cotton textile mill that it powered over 100 years ago. You won't want to miss these scenic views.

Take in the Beauty of the Smoky Mountains


Ridge upon ridge of forest straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park. Plan your visit today! Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, groundhog, turkey, raccoon, skunk and other animals are similarly possible.

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