TENNESSEE MAY not have sandy shores. We may not have Buckingham Palace sitting in our backyard. Vacation spots
all around the world, from Big Ben to the Eiffel Tower, attract tourists from far and wide. Every corner of the Earth is always pulling, offering a place to let loose. To relax. And to ignore the stressors of life for just a moment. Bali, Indonesia, with floating huts on crystal clear water is not the only place to find your inner peace and happiness.
Traveling to places we only see on screens is a part of life— and you may find me sitting on a beach at the first opportunity— but there is a world of wonder right in our backyards. Tennessee has an endless list of things to do. I would bet money you haven’t done them all. In fact, there are ‘vacations’ sitting right under our noses. And I’m not talking about Nashville or Dollywood. I’m talking about the attractions in our hometown. The things we drive by on the way to work. The things people from neighboring states notice with an unbiased lens.
You don’t have to get away to let your hair down. You don’t have to stay in Tennessee, either. But you should know about the hidden gems we may have forgotten about. Spend every weekend like a vacation.
Find joy in your backyard. And if you can’t find it, make it. This issue of Good News is about shining a light on Tennessee and the things that make us great. -GN