Located in a broad valley between the Cumberland Mountains to the Northwest and the Great Smokey Mountains to the southeast along the Tennessee River, Knoxville is the largest city in East Tennessee. It has a lot to offer in history, culture, and natural beauty.
From bed and Breakfasts to luxury resorts, Knoxville has them all: Maple Grove Inn, Brimer House Inn, Maplehurst Inn, Candlewood Suites, Parkside Inn, Hampton Inn West, La Quinta, Knoxville Hilton, Hotel St. Oliver, Knoxville Marriott, Cumberland House Hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites, and the Crowne Plaza. Campers and RVer’s will enjoy Sweet Water Valley KOA, South Lake Campground & RV Park, Soaring Eagle Campground, Crosseyed Cricket Campground, Powell Valley Resort, and Knoxville East KOA.
When it’s time to eat, try these restaurants: Oodles, Jack’s Hilton, Mellow Mushroom, Hill Street Café Knoxville Marriott, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Charlie Peppers, Manhattan’s Bistro & Bar, Copper Cellar, Regas, Market Square Kitchen, Calhoun’s on the River, Bistro at the Bijou, Mahogany’s at the Radisson, and the Riverside Tavern.
Places to visit and things to do include the Knoxville Farmers Market, the Old City Historic District, Alex Haley Square (and statue), Candy Factory and Victorian Houses, East Tennessee Discovery Center, Frank H. McClung Museum, House Mountain Christmas Tree Farm, Ijams Nature Center, Tennessee Riverboat Company at Volunteer Landing, Knoxville Zoo and the Three Rivers Rambler Railroad, University of Tennessee Gardens. The Volunteer Landing & Marina features a one-mile promenade on the Tennessee River. If Fido is traveling with you, he’ll enjoy Petsafe Park.
Landmarks and museums are the 1834 Armstrong-Lockett House (Crescent Bend), Blount Mansion, Confederate Memorial Hall, Tennessee History Center, Daisy’s Place Girl Scout Museum, Farragut Folklife Museum, James White’s Fort (founder of Knoxville), 1854 Knoxville Market Square, Mabry-Hazen House Museum & Civil War “Bethel Cemetery”, Ramsey House Plantation.
Annual events and festivals include Fantasy of Trees, Christmas in the City, Boomsday, Festival of the Fourth, Davy Crockett’s Birthday Party, Earthfest, Kumba Festival.
Golfers will enjoy Avalon Landmark Golf Club, Dead Horse Lake (yes, it’s a real golf course), Knoxville Municipal Golf Course, Three Ridges Golf Course, Football fans can enjoy the University of Tennessee Football Hall of Fame. Shoppers can shop till they drop at Homberg Place, and the Knoxville Center Mall.
Written by: Natasha Lawrence