Tennessee is a state situated in the United States ' southeastern region. Tennessee is the United States ' 36th largest and 16th most populous. Tennessee is bordered by eight states, including north Kentucky, north Virginia, east North Carolina, south Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, west Arkansas, and northwest Missouri. The Appalachian Mountains occupy the state's eastern part, and the Mississippi River is the western border of the state. With a population of 667,560 in 2017 and a population of 1,903,045 in 2017, Nashville is the state's capital and largest city. The second largest city in Tennessee is Memphis, which in 2017 had a population of 652.236.
Tennessee State is rooted in the Watauga Convention, a 1772 frontier agreement generally considered to be the Appalachians ' first territorial government west. Originally, what is now Tennessee was part of North Carolina and then part of the Southwest Territory. On 1 June 1796, Tennessee was admitted as the 16th state to the Union. At the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861, Tennessee was the last state to leave the Union and join the Confederacy. It was the first state to be readmitted to the Union at the end of the war, held by Union forces from 1862.
Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, with the exception of some of the higher elevations in the Appalachians, which due to cooler temperatures are classified as having a continental mountain temperate or humid climate. Mexico's Gulf is the dominant factor in Tennessee's climate, with southern winds being responsible for most of the state's annual rainfall. In general, the state has hot summers and moderate to cool winters with abundant annual rainfall, with the highest average monthly precipitation usually between December and April in the winter and spring months. In average, the driest months are August through October. On average, the state receives annual precipitation of 50 inches (130 cm). In West Tennessee, snowfall ranges from 5 inches (13 cm) to over 80 inches (200 cm) in East Tennessee's highest mountains.
Every year, tourism contributes billions of dollars to the economy of the state and Tennessee is ranked among the top 10 destinations in the United States. A record 100 million people visited the state in 2014, resulting in $17.7 billion in tourism-related spending in the state, a 6.3 percent increase over 2013; tourism tax revenue was $1.5 billion. Every Tennessee county saw tourism at least $1 million, while 19 counties received at least $100 million (the top three were Davidson, Shelby, and Sevier counties). The state's employment created by tourism reached 152,900, an increase of 2.8 percent. Spending amounted to $533 million for international travelers in Tennessee.
Some of the state's top tourist attractions are: the National Park of the Great Smoky Mountains, Graceland, Dollywood, Beale Street, Pigeon Forge, Lower Broadway, Ryman Auditorium, Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Lookout Mountain, Ocoee River and Tennessee Aquarium.Read: Tennessee Wikipedia Page