Description - The West Tennessee Travel Region is one of three travel regions in Tennessee. This region includes the western 1/3 of the state and over 20 state parks, wildlife refuges, archaeological sites and historical sites. All activities are within a days car ride of Memphis.
- There are 11 State Parks within this region that hold natural, cultural and/or historical attractions. Several National Wildlife Refuges lie within this region are are open to the public on a seasonal basis. The Mississippi River, which forms the western border of Tennessee, provides a myriad of natural areas and recreation opportunities.
Recreation - This region offers all forms of recreation including camping, hiking, biking, picnicking, swimming, wildlife and viewing historical sites.
Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. Cooling fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant foliage colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall color change.
This travel region encompasses the Memphis area north to the Union City area. The region includes all the area east from the Mississippi River to the Tennessee River. All activity areas are accessible within a days car ride of Memphis. The major thruway is Interstate 40, which leads eastward from Memphis to Nashville.