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Sadly we did not get to do this:(, but if your in the area and have the time. You should check this lovely town out. On the web site for the visitor guide is a walking tour of the downtown area. These free maps are awesome.
Bristol Convention & Visitors Bureau
20 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, TN 37620
Written Jan 1, 2013
Address: Bristol CC, 20 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, TN 3762
Absolutely stunning hike down into the caverns. There is so much history and it's so fun and interesting. We've been several times and the next time we go we will be taking the wild tour.
I can't find my photos of this or I would post some but I'll post some links to what some outstanding photographers managed to capture here.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 420 Cave Hill Road Blountville, TN 37617
Far below the earth's surface, in the timeless beauty of Bristol Caverns, a strange and exciting experience awaits you.
Paved, well lighted walkways wind through the vaulted chambers and along the banks of the ancient Underground River that carved these remarkable caverns from the hard core of the earth 200 to 400 million years ago. In the frontier days, Indians used the Underground River as an attack and escape route in their raids on settlers. Stealing into the area by way of the Underground River and the caverns, they swooped down on unsuspecting families, then disappeared as if swallowed up by the earth.
You will be retracing the same warrior paths while exploring the vast rooms and arches, columns, and natural stone formations of varying size and kinds. These formations, millions of years old, display rich veins of minerals which give the formations beautiful colors of red, blue, gray, brown and sparkling white.
Stalactites and stalagmites, some larger than tree trunks and others smaller than straws, fascinate and give play to the imagination. Where some of these formation have grown together, massive columns have been formed reaching from the floor to the ceiling of the lofty rooms. With every view, nature's artistry is at its best and can be seen in the remarkable tumbling cascades and billowing draperies - all of solid stone.
Written Feb 26, 2009
Address: Bristol Caverns, Inc. P.O. Box 851, Bristol, TN
Great food and great service. Easy access to this downtown location, with plenty of parking. The menu is extensive, so unless you're looking for something very unusual, they can probably make it for you.
The restaurant has an attached lounge, which I didn't visit.
Favorite Dish: I had one of the burritos, which was very tasty.
Written Mar 6, 2005
Address: La Carreta Restaurant, 329 8th St Bristol TN 37620
Phone: (423) 989-3361
I've been all over the south and generally haven't had too many problems dealing with overt racism. Bristol was like going back in time 40 years! From the stares to the rude salespeople, I was made very uncomfortable from day one. One our last day there my family was leaving a restaurant when some scruffy looking characters yelled "n1gg3rs go home" as they burned rubber out of the parking lot.
Written Jul 29, 2008
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure you pack comfortable shoes because the walk from the parking lots to the track are very long.
Miscellaneous: One good thing about this track is that you are allowed to bring in your own coolers of beer. The bad things is carrying them around all day.
Updated Aug 25, 2002
You can see this along Interstate 81 and this is on the Virginia side of Bristol. The City of Bristol boarders on the Tennessee side and Virginia also. It's one of those road side sites and I find them "All Interesting" while traveling even if they are religous or just plane goofy.
Located at 11101 Island Road Bristol VA 24202
Updated Jan 1, 2013
Everyone that follows Nascar has heard of Bristol Motor Speedway. Its probably the best viewing for spectators of all of the Nascar tracks. Along with Nascar racing there are many other events that have been ongoing the last couple years at the track and dragstrip.
Check out the following if you are in the area:
Speedway in Lights and Ice Skating (around Thanskgiving and Christmas)
Various Car Shows
Local and National drag racing
The Dukefest (Various Dukes of Hazard stuff from the tv show)
The Outdoor Experience (vendors and outdoor recreation show)
NOPI car show and drag racing
I've got a lot of pictures of activities here if you want I can give you a link to see them.
Written Jan 3, 2006
Address: Bristol Tn
Favorite thing: These places are a wealth of information and this one is located at:
Bristol TN/VA Convention & Visitors Bureau
20 Volunteer Parkway
Bristol, TN 37620
Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Fondest memory: A very nice lady tried to help us find a place to stay. We were at a gas station filling up and she walked over and asked if we needed to find a place. So she lead us to the downtown area of a very narrow street to a hotel. We appreciate her effort, but we were driving this moving truck with trailer and there was absolutely no parking at all for a regular truck, much less this massive moving truck so we had to turn around carefully and move on. Thank you anyways for trying to help!
Written Jan 1, 2013