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Science Museum
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The American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE) is a science museum in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, designed to teach children and adults about ene
Children’s Museum
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The Children's Museum of Oak Ridge is a non-profit children's museum in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States, that provides museum exhibits an
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Cades Cove , Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Nestled among Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains, Cades Cove offers opportunities to explore historical areas and untamed wilderness. Drive th
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Hike deep into a nearly 300ft deep gorge to the base of the tallest waterfalls in Tennessee and one of the tallest waterfalls East of the Rocky Mountains!!Enjoy our carefully curated blend of hiking trails for an unforgettable experience where you will enjoy the signs and sounds of Cane Creek Cascades & Falls, Cane Creek Falls Overlook, Fall Creek Falls Overlook, and many other splendid sights. On this adventure, we will hike approximately 5 miles, cross large suspended swinging bridges and journey down into the massive gorge to the base of Fall Creek Falls itself. If you are daring and careful enough, you might even be able to hike to the back side of the Fall Creek Falls for an experience few will every encounter.We do the driving on this day long road trip so you may sit back, relax and enjoy the views along the way. This way you arrive energized and ready to hike!
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Haw Ridge Park , Oak Ridge
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The Lost Sea Adventure , Sweetwater
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The Lost Sea Adventure explores the Craighead Caverns, home to America's largest underground lake. Take the 1.2 km (0.75 mi) guided walk to s
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Oak Ridge

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Oak Ridge is a city in Anderson and Roane counties in the eastern part of the U.S. state of Tennessee, about 25mi west of Knoxville. Oak Ridge's population was 29,330 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Knoxville Metropolitan Area. Oak Ridge's nicknames include the Atomic City, the Secret City, the Ridge, and the City Behind the Fence.Oak Ridge was established in 1942 as a production site for the Manhattan Project—the massive American, British, and Canadian operation that developed the atomic bomb. As it is still the site of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, scientific development still plays a crucial role in the city's economy and culture in general.HistoryThe earliest substantial occupation of the Oak Ridge area occurred during the Woodland period (c. 1000 BC – 1000), although artifacts dating to the Paleo-Indian period have been found throughout the Clinch Valley. Two Woodland mound sites—the Crawford Farm Mounds and the Freels Farm Mounds—were uncovered in the 1930s as part of the Norris Basin salvage excavations. Both sites were located just southeast of the former Scarboro community. The Bull Bluff site, which was occupied during both the Woodland and Mississippian (c. 1000–1600) periods, was uncovered in the 1960s in anticipation of the construction of Melton Hill Dam. Bull Bluff is a cliff located immediately southeast of Haw Ridge, opposite Melton Hill Park. The Oak Ridge area was largely uninhabited by the time Euro-American explorers and settlers arrived in the late 18th century, although the Cherokee claimed the land as part of their hunting grounds. When using our United States road trip planning app to make an itinerary online, Oak Ridge holidays come together around your tastes, interests, and requirements, with us taking care of the logistics.

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