Tour Tennessee with Official Vacation Guide

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Want to see all there is to see in Tennessee? Check out the new Tennessee Official Vacation Guide.

This year’s glossy magazine-style guide features special editorial spotlights on Tennessee’s 150th commemoration of the American Civil War, Bright Lights & Big Cities, Main Streets & Small Towns and African-American Influences.

The Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways initiative is covered in a special five-page spread with additional editorial highlights including Dining and Culinary and Tennessee Spirits.

More than 3,000 listings of attractions found throughout the state are one of the most popular resources found in the guide.

On the cover this year is a spring image of Falls Mill in Belvidere. Taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning Tennessee photographer Robin Hood, the image is one of more than 300 featured in his new 252-page coffee-table book “Historic Tennessee.”

Sales from the book, which showcases the state’s architectural and natural treasures, will benefit the Tennessee Preservation Trust.

This year’s guide positions Tennessee Tourism on the cutting-edge of technology with the use of QR Codes. For readers with a web-enabled smart phone, QR Codes provide instant access to additional online information.

Tennessee is one of the first states in the country to utilize QR Codes in its travel guide.

The 2011 guide also continues to drive readers to tnvacation.com, facebook.com/tnvacation, as well as tourism partner websites.

An online version of the entire guide is also available and may be printed at tnvacation.com/eguide11.

Back by popular demand is an enhanced editorial spread on Tennessee’s world-class state parks. This feature includes an article outlining the parks’ special events as well as the many outdoor recreation opportunities for park visitors.

In addition, the guide provides a double-page spread with all 53 state parks listed and their locations tracked on an accompanying state map.

An additional enhancement for the 2011 guide is an expanded reader’s service section.

This includes an inserted reader response card as well as a full-page listing of all industry partner advertisers with easy-to-follow reader-response instructions and corresponding response-card numbers.

 The guide features more than 200 pages and spotlights the state’s three grand regions, divided into nine distinct sub-regions.

It is free to Tennessee residents and visitors and is one of Tennessee’s more comprehensive and accessible printed resources.

The new guide is packed with hundreds of colorful photos, feature articles and descriptions of the state’s attractions, lodging, historic locales, entertainment venues, golf courses, outdoor adventures and more.

More than 500,000 guides are now available for distribution at the state’s 14 Welcome Centers and to tourists requesting the publication via tnvacation.com and toll free at 1-800-GO2-TENN.

The guide is Tennessee’s primary vacation planning publication and marketing publication for domestic and international trade shows.

Contact either Cindy Dupree at 615-741-9010 or Cindy.Dupree@tn.gov; or Leah Caudle at 615-532-7822 or Leah.Caudle@tn.gov for more information.