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Tennessee Travel Guide

Tennessee — Travel Tips

Language

Tennessee people speak English with a discernable Southern twang. The locals tend to speak slowly and deliberately, considering quick brusque speaking to be a bit rude.

Currency

The currency used in Tennessee is the US dollar (US$). Banknotes come in denominations of US$1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100. There are 100 cents in US$1, with coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, and 25 cents. You can exchange foreign money at most larger bank branches in all the tourist towns like Memphis, Nashville, and Pigeon Forge. Credit cards are readily accepted in the tourist towns, but cash is preferred in the rural areas. ATMs that take international cash cards are easiest to find in the big cities.

Time

Western Tennessee (Memphis) is in the Central Time Zone (GMT -6, GMT -5 between March 12 and November 4 during daylight savings), while the eastern end, where Nashville is located, is in the Eastern Time Zone (GMT -5, GMT -4 between March 12 and November 4 during daylight savings).

Electricity

Tennessee uses electricity at 110-120 Volts, 60 Hertz. Flat, two-prong plugs are the norm, so it is recommended that you bring along a universal plug adapter.

Communications

The dialing code for the United States is +1. Tennessee uses six area codes: 423 (Chattanooga), 615 (Nashville), 865, (Knoxville), 901 (Memphis), and 931 (Clarksville). Mobile phone coverage is good near any town, but fades out in the remote mountain areas. Wi-Fi internet hot spots are common in the big cities and tourist towns like Gatlinburg, particularly at coffee shops and in hotel lobbies.

Duty-free

Every person arriving in the United States over 18 years of age may carry one liter of alcohol, 200 cigarettes (or 50 non-Cuban cigars or two kilograms of tobacco), and gifts valued at US$400 without paying duty tax.

Tourist Office

Tennessee Department or Tourist Development, 312 8th Avenue North, 25th floor, Nashville, TN 37243: +1-615-741-9010 or http://www.tnvacation.com/.

Consulates in Tennessee

Canadian Consulate General, Atlanta: +1-404-532-2000
German Consulate General, Atlanta: +1-404-659-4760
Netherlands Consulate General, Chicago: +1-877-388-2443
French Consulate General, Atlanta: +1-404-495-1660
Australian Consulate General, Washington, DC: +1-202-797-3008
British Consulate General, Atlanta: +1-404-954-7700

Emergency

Emergency services: 911

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