Johnson City Travel Guide

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Johnson City Things to Do

  • Historic Downtown Johnson City

    ohnson City is a city in Carter, Sullivan, and Washington counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee, with most of the city being in Washington County. The 2010 population for Johnson City was 63,152 by the United States Census, making it the eighth-largest city in the state.[7]Johnson City is currently ranked the #14 "Best Small Place for Business...

  • Historic John Sevier Hotel

    Area artist Jerry Honeycutt forwarded to me a full-page advertisement in the Aug. 5, 1924, Johnson City Chronicle containing a much-anticipated announcement — The John Sevier Hotel was planning a formal grand opening for the first of its planned three-phase building program. The paper went on to say, “This house has been a dream; today it becomes a...

  • Farmer's Market

    We happened across this farmer's market near the historic section of town. We had to park and get out to check it out..found some really good produce deals.

  • Live music at the Down Home Pickin'...

    Ed, Roger, Mike, Brother Dave and all the rest at the Down Home make this one of the most special live music venues you'll ever visit. Tiny with amazing sound (good job, BrobecK!), you'll see the likes of Doc Watson, Bela Fleck, Acoustic Syndicate and many. many others in the most intimate and incredible places ever. A must visit if you're in the...

  • whitewater on the Nolichucky River

    Naturally fed river crossing through the gorge from North Carolina into Tennessee, the Noli is a sweet splsh of heaven. Great river folks, too. Especially at USARaft...Also check out local hiking spots- Red Fork Falls, Laurel Fork Falls, Beauty Spot...any local should know the way...

  • Ah, the outdoor recreation...

    Ah, the outdoor recreation opportunities are limited only by time and imagination. The Appalachian Trail is a short 25 minute drive from town; from there you can head to Georgia or to Maine if you take the notion. Whitewater kayaking is found on the Nolichucky River only 20 minutes away. World class park and play is found at a spot known as Big...


Johnson City Hotels

  • Carnegie Hotel & Spa

    This was by far the best hotel I have ever stayed in. The staff was helpful, pleasant, and full of...

  • Hampton Inn Johnson City

    508 N State Of Franklin Rd, Johnson City, TN 37604

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Holiday Inn Express

    2 Orr Court, Johnson City, Tennessee, 37615, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

Johnson City Restaurants

  • Cootie Brown's

    Tony and I went to Johnson City today, Saturday Sept 7th, and we stopped at "Cootie Brown's" for lunch!!! The parking lot was so full and the outside dining area was overflowing with laughing, happy and eating customers. We were greeted immediately and we were seated inside. It was so vivid and lively in there with the tables well painted, the...

  • Holy Taco and Cantina

    I would give them LESS than a ONE if I could..I am very UNHAPPY with their service. My husband and I stopped in today, Saturday Sept 7th after attending the "TREE DISTRICT" Community Yard Sale. So, we decided to stop and walk around downtown Johnson City and we were displeased with three locations...But by far this was the worst one of the...

  • Freiberg's

    I walked into this restaurant excited!!! I used to live in Germany and it is hard to find really delicious food here in the whenever I can I check out the German Fare...especially if it gets great this Restaurant...So we eagerly went into the gorgeous restaurant to eat.It was Saturday around 12:30 and it is...

  • Harbor House Seafood

    It is our first night staying in our new town. We drove up here for the weekend to check out the town and area and we saw this restaurant several times when trying to figure out what for dinner...we both said HARBOR !!!It is easily found and located near my new office ...and it was not that packed. The restaurant is larger...

  • Cracker Barrel

    Tony and I stopped here today to eat our breakfast. It is like any other typical Cracker Barrel...which is always good and always crowded. Our waitress was friendly and fast. The food was good..and ample..I always get way to full..and to be truthful I go for the shopping..not necessarily the food..They have some of their holiday Christmas stuff...

  • Ragin' Cajun

    This restaurant is sorta out of the way - but it is WELL worth the drive - it is located in a small community (near Johnson City and Jonesborough) called Harmony appropriately enough. Harmony Grocery Restaurant is in an old general store and looks like an abandoned house - don't let the looks fool you - this place is a real treasure!!! Authentic...

  • Despite the name...

    Funky, colorful, nice staff, big menu. Thoughtful, fresh prepared decent inexpensive food! not a chain. I ordered the oyster po-boy. Friends ordered Prime Rib, Bratwurst platter and Shrimp po-boy. We were all happy. Tab for 4 was less than $40. (Not including beers. That put the tab a bit higher!)

  • 4-Alarm BBQ

    This place is a restored firehouse (circa 1930s) - just like the name suggests...and the food? Let me tell you that this BBQ is unlike any I have ever tasted...owner Tom Seaton conjured up his own special sauce and it is outta this world!!! Pulled pork - beef - half a chicken - they got all that and sides like slaw, fries, salads and BBQ beans....

  • Viva Amigos

    Wow, that is some great Mexican food!!! If you like Tortillas, Fajitas and Burritos you just have to go to Amigos. They´ve the best Mexican cuisine in town. Look for their specials. We had some great offer with a cheap pitcher of beer. Don´t remember the exact offer.


Johnson City Nightlife

  • Out of line bouncer

    I was honestly excited to check out Numans. My husband and I have lived in TN FOR 2 years and don't get out much. I work up the street from Numans and got off around midnight 05/31/2014. My husband and I decided to check it out so we walked. Once inside it seemed ok, the bartenders were nice and we bought 2 draft beers and started to walk around...

  • Bar, Grill, Darts, and Pool Tables

    Numan's is great fun. They have amazing drinks. Great customer service...I mean just perfect bartenders and servers. I love their finger foods and the pool and the darts and great fun. Wonderful conversation starters as well. They have an up stairs and down stairs that have wonderful music. When live music isn't playing their juke box will keep the...

  • Home Downtown

    Just as someone else on VT wrote a few years back: this place is an amazing intimate venue for niche music. (Blues, Folks, Country, etc.). We checked out a folk artist and it was the perfect venue. Anything goes. Downton Johnson City is not known for being upscale! : )


Johnson City Transportation

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    Fly the Tri

    by cruisingbug Updated Jan 25, 2005

    I don't usually write tips about airports - what's to say? But both my sister, who lives there, and my mother-in-law, a born and bred New Yorker, laugh at the little Tri-Cities Regional Airport, and I love it! It's easy to get to - no winding around endlessly just to get to the entrance. Lines are relatively short, and there are only about 8 gates or so, so it's easy to find where your flight is leaving. And, after undergoing an expansion and renovation, there are even some jetways so you don't have to walk out on the tarmac. Better than Lima, Peru!

    In the airport itself is an overpriced restaurant, a gift shop, and an outdoor observation deck to watch the planes take off and land. This is about all you can access if you don't have a ticket. Past security is a new, comfortable waiting area.

    The next closest option is flying into Knoxville, more than a 2-hour drive away, and not usually cheaper. US Airways and Delta are the most popular carriers, and there are some direct flights - the newest to Orlando.

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Johnson City Shopping

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    Mall at Johnson City: Mall at Johnson City

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Feb 3, 2014

    I was pleasantly surprised..I live in Nashville and I hate going to the mall because it is always jammed packed and you just can't enjoy shopping...for the fear of being robbed or just rousted when my husband, Tony and I entered in to the mall and we could actually move was AWESOME!!
    They have some really good stores which I am happy about since I am relocating to the area..They have JC Penney's, Sears and Belk as the anchor stores..There is also a large Dick's Sporting Goods, then it has some of our favorites, Claire's Boutique, Pacsun, Aeropastale,, The Gap, Victoria Secrets, Aerie, The Children's Place, Wacky Bear (much like Build a Bear), Journey's, Hot Topic, Spencers, Zales Jewelry, Lens Crafters, Payless and Rack Room shoes, Bath and Body Works, Gymboree, Yankee Candles, plus a few has two levels but they are not stacked..they are like a split level..the food court had several nice choices, Chick Filet, Charley's Subs, a chinese and a mexican place, Auntie Anne's Pretzel, Dip n Dots, and Great Cookie you can't go wrong...
    I enjoyed being able to browse with the comfort of NOT looking over my shoulder and worrying about who is too close to me!!!
    I would go here again and again...can't wait for the Christmas shopping time frame!!
    Love my new mall!!!

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Johnson City Warnings and Dangers

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    by butterflykizzez04 Written Feb 3, 2014

    My husband and I are new to the area, we are locating to Johnson City.
    It was hot outside and we had been at the Tree District Annual Yard Sale, and he wanted a beer..
    I wanted to check out the inside of some of the restaurants, grab a cold drink and play a game of pool...
    We no more than walked in...was greeted INSTANTLY by this was dark inside, I said..ARE YOU OPEN..he said OF COURSE...I said GREAT ..we are new to the area and wanted to check out your place...he smiled and said, I can seat you in the patio area, he can't come in here with a sleeveless shirt..My husband wears tank tops since it is hot outside and we are walking around in the sun..So was I for all that ...but he said he wasn't dressed decent..
    so he could not serve us!!!
    Can you believe that ???
    It was 11:30 on a Saturday afternoon, only about 4 or 5 peep in the whole place (( which is large by the way))) and he wouldn't serve us!! Well, that ticked me off.
    I will never go back here again!!
    I don't care if I end up living in Johnson City forever, I will never ever go here again and I believe me I have a big YELPING mouth...I am giving them a Horrible review and I don't recommend them to anyone..I felt like this was a sort of racism..definitely singled us out because we were dressed NOT TO THEIR LIKING!!!

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    • Beer Tasting

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Johnson City Sports & Outdoors

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    Buccaneers' Hoops

    by KaiM Updated Mar 13, 2003

    The Buccaneers of East Tennessee State University play in the Mini Dome, which is not "mini" at all. The arena even host football matches and for the basketball games they only use half of the available space. The atmosphere is great - even with the Bucs being a team from a minor NCAA conference. They compete in the Southern Conference against teams like Furman, Wofford, Davidson and Appalachian State. Home game tickets for adults cost $12.

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Johnson City Favorites

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    by shoelady Written Sep 29, 2003


    Fondest memory: I CAN'T WAIT FOR IT TO SNOW EVERY YEAR ..

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Mountain Climbing

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