If you enjoy trains, you'll love this one.
This vintage steam engine train takes you on a 90-minute excursion to the Forks of the River and back, through some of Knoxville's most historic and beautiful countryside.
The "Cradle of Country Music walking tour" is located in downtown Knoxville and highlights the beginnings of country music in the city.
The tour includes markers regarding Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, The Everly Brothers, Roy Acuff and other greats.
Brochures are available at the East Tennessee History Center and Gateway Regional Visitor Center.
The tour begins at the East Tennessee History Center in downtown, 600 Market St.
This monument is located near city county building on S.Main Street.
On the sides of it you will find names of people who died on September 11 in New York.
When I read those names my breath stopped for awhile. You are far from the disaster as long as you are far from the names of victims. But only touch with your eyes to their names makes you back to that terrible day
If you are not familiar with downtown of Knoxville, ecpesially with University of Tennessee area, go to the East Town Mall and in the center of the shopping center you will find the map of UT area.
You can observe it from the second floor pretty good.
In 1982, Knoxville was host to a very successful World's Fair. The theme of the fair was the Sun, and the Sunsphere (pictured), was the signature structure around which the fair was built. This is now the site of a permanent Knoxville World's Fair Park, and a gathering place for the city. It is a pleasant and beautiful spot with flowers and fountains, and the venue for many concerts and special events.
Adjacent to the park is a neighborhood of quaint, brightly hued Victorian houses from the 1920s. Today these contain shops, studios, and galleries for the visitor to explore. A favorite is the Candy Factory, in operation since 1917. Here one can see the Chocolatiers making The South's Finest Chocolate., along with 100 other types of candies.
Sevier County, the county located just south of Knoxville, is home to some cool destinations. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are the two most interesting places, although I liked Townsend (a.k.a. the peaceful side of the Smokies) too. Pigeon Forge has a lot of shopping opportunities, and Dollywood is also located there. Gatlinburg is a nice little town situated in the mountains (near the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park). Gatlinburg is very unique and beautiful. All these places are must-see's if you're coming to East Tennessee.
A remnant of the 1982 World's Fair. There used to be a restaurant at the top, but I hear, praytell, that they store wigs up there now! VT-member miner has a neat page about his visit to the 1982 World's Fair.
From an outsider's perspective, the heart of Knoxville lies in its university, and even more, in its football program. I have been to several games over the years, as my dad and other family members are all huge Vols fans. I also have grown to love UT football and enjoy those Saturdays in the fall when I would get to go to a game in person. It is something no Tennesseean should miss. Even an outsider who is not a fan cannot help but get caught up in the excitement in UTland, assuming they are not a fan of an opposing team.
Neyland Stadium is the second largest stadium in the U.S., I believe, holding approximately 108,000 people. It is always at full capacity during every UT game. The crowd's enthusiasm adds to the experience. You can't help but to jump up and scream with everyone else to cheer the team on. The picture below is of my friend Jordan and me about to enter the stadium before our first UT game when we were 11.
The Knoxville Zoo is a wonderful facility for animal lovers and admirers. Much larger than my own hometown zoo, it offers a large array of animals from condors to hedgehogs. It is a great place to spend a couple hours with the kids.
The Knoxville Museum of Art offers some works by contemporary artists. The museum hosts art camps during the summer months that attract local children. The camps are held next door in the Candy Factory. Admission to the museum is free, but there is a suggested donation of 5 dollars for adults.
So many things to do and not enough time to do them all! Hike in the Smokeys... go a round or two at some of the best golf clubs... visit Dollywood... the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame is here... Famous Old Town... if you can't find something to do here, you're not trying!!
The Knoxville Zoo has great exhibitis and walking trails. There is a fun area for children called Kid's Cove that includes a petting zoo.
The Knoxville Zoo has been voted as the "Best Place to Take Children" in East Tennessee,
and voted as the "Best Tourist Attraction" in Knoxville.
The food is tasty with a variety to choose from the menu and the ambience is delightful. Casual dress.
The Big South Fork is a park where you can picnic, hike, swim, and climb rocks. It is located in Oneida, TN.