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There is no doubt that seeing this state is best done with a car hire. Being free to drive between cities and into the countryside on a whim will make your stay all the more dynamic. There are a multitude of fun drives that can be enjoyed beyond the city limits, such as the Natchez Trace Parkway drive, starting and ending in Nashville. It runs through three states and visits ancient Native American, European settlers, and troop transport routes. You could also enjoy the Waterfall Trail, which explores some of the waterfalls of the state. Alternatively, take in the country music venue circuit or a trip to Graceland to see Elvis’ home.
Tennessee, like all American states, will have its highs and lows when driving. While the roads are in great condition, rush hour still exists in the bigger cities, which can lead to frustration and is best avoided by using your sat-nav. The speed limit is strictly adhered to in Tennessee from high rates of accidents in the past. You will now be heavily fined if found pushing beyond 70 mph (113 km) on the motorways. Tennessee's locals are known to be quite friendly people, and you should have no issues while driving.
You will need to be at least 21 to hire a car in Tennessee, but have held your licence for at least a year. Many car hire agencies will allow you to hire a car with your valid UK driving licence, but some may want an international driving licence for extra assurance. Take your passport and credit card along to complete the transaction.