Best BBQ I've ever had was in Memphis. Plus the Sun Studio and Stax Records. Neat stuff there. Museum of Appalachia outside of Knoxville is awesome too. Coal mining history near Lake City was fascinating too.
But Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, well, I can do without those. I worked there for a month and was happy to leave. Schilling ought to move to Gatlinburg.
Actually I have! I can't recall the name of the place but I stopped at a famous joint on the Kansas side of the area, and it was fantastic. But those ribs and pulled pork sandwich in Memphis...just couldn't be beat.