Gateway to the Smokey's, great people, the VOLS!!!
Bad traffic and lots of urban sprawl
Friendly with a small town feel to it.
What a wonderful tradition! Thanksgiving weekend, the Fantasy of Trees is a fundraiser which benefits East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses are decorated by local schools and businesses, then put on display for you to see. You can purchase these items as well. There are also lots of kids activities (make an...more
Boomsday is the Labor Day Festival in Knoxville. Each year, Volunteer Landing is filled with Vendors up and down the river that culminates in the largest Labor Day Fireworks display in the South East. For 2008 they added 50% more fireworks to make it the largest in the Nation. Hopefully that will continue each year.The Fireworks are shot from a...more
James White's Fort was built in 1786 as the first pioneer structure of what is today Knoxville. The reconstructed fort is furnished with original artifacts and creates an accurate picture of everyday life on the frontier.The fort is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (January and February), and Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (March-December)....more
Beautiful and scenic one mile paved riverwalk that offers beautiful view of Tennessee River, three restaurants, a full service marina, waterfalls and fountains. Also, the location of the Star of Knoxville riverboat and the Three Rivers Rambler Railroad. Volunteer Landing was opened in 1999 with efforts of two brothers from Maryville, Tennessee, the...more
Ijams Nature Center is a wildlife sanctuary and environmental education center encompassing more than 160 acres of protected woodlands and meadows, all open for exploration via seven miles of nature trails including a boardwalk on the Tennessee River. Ijams' Exhibit Hall houses a collection of animals that are native to East Tennessee in addition...more
I came down for the biscuit festival two weeks ago and was glad to have booked a room at The Oliver....more
We stayed at the Days Inn, Campus, in November, 2004, when in Knoxville for a family wedding. We...more
On our visit to Knoxville, we stayed at the Downtown Marriott. It's an older hotel that could use...more
It is pretty big and noisy on weekends. You can sit both outside and inside. I enjoyed the evening wind sitting on the outside balcony, watching the river and oposite bank.If you come from the river on your boat, you can parked near pier of restarant, have a dinner and go further.Also you can feed fish in the river which is searching for any food...more
Too much on menu that there is no focus -too much to offer to be good..this place would not make it in any other market with tastebuds and we know that Knoxville is a meat and potatoes and a lot of salt, which is what you need at Puleo's, entree you would think good, like chicken penne pasta is extremely bland. Staff is very young and with no bar...more
Nice, upscale Mexican restaurant. Bar area has TVs set to sports events. Elegant enough for a business lunch, or even a date. Ample chips and savory salsa - yummy! I had the Durango burrito, and although I finished it off, I probably shouldn't have, because it was a lot of food. If you go, definitely get the margarita. Almost creamy, it was...more
If you're up late in Knoxville (as I was, getting used to the difference between Pacific and Eastern time), and crave a bite to eat or some entertainment, check out Kingston Alley. Out in West Knoxville on Kingston Pike, this place has multiple big-screen TVs to watch sporting events, has entertainment most nights, and features 2 great bars and...more
Baker Peters is a somewhat upscale restaurant that features jazz/blues bands. It's set in an historic brick building (supposedly haunted) near the corner of Peters Rd & Kingston Pike in West Knoxville. It's a pricey place, but they do have a pretty good happy hour, so give it a try before 7:00pm. Right now, martinis are half price, and they have...more
This is a fun place with a good jukebox and live music most nights. The bands can be rock, alternative, blues, bluegrass, etc. but they're always good. The prices are reasonable and the crowd covers most age groups, so all should feel comfortable. It's also a good place to hit whenever there are events going on at Market Square.Currently there are...more
TDOT is constantly building, rebuilding, the contruction of roadway ramps & modifying bypasses along the interstate thru the town of Knoxville. So if your planning to travel thru Knoxville, I would contact TDOT first, to be sure if there is an alternate route, or to better to get an insight of travel time due to congestion and construction*more
The bus system's current name is KAT (Knoxville Area Transit).KAT provides regular, fixed route bus service on 25 routes throughout the City of Knoxville and portions of Knox County. KAT's hours of operation (including Night Rider/ Sunday Rider service) are from 5:30 am until 12:30 a.m., Saturdays from 6:30 am until 12:30 a.m., and Sundays from...more
Stuck in the middle of cheesy souvenir shops, miniture golf and "Seen On TV" outlet stores is a wonderful place to buy quilts. The shop is quite little with quilts hanging in every conceivable nook and cranny of the two room store. I bought a wonderful quilt throw for $99 that would have cost over $200 in a department store.more
If you are on the Virtual Tourist website then more than likely you will LOVE this store. They have one of the largest selections of maps you will ever see in one place. Although they do not have a web site, The Map Store does do an extensive mail-order business through their catalog. You can get yours by writing or calling the toll-free number...more
Knoxville, like many other large cities, has invisible lines around certain areas of the city and has given local names to these areas.
Some of the areas are ethnic in origin; others are of historic significance; quite a few point out specific geographic features.
The list includes:
Arlington, Bearden, Burlington, CedarBluff, Chilhowee Park, Colonial Village, Downtown(Uptown), East Knoxville, Edgewood, Emory Place, Fairmont, Five Points, Forest Hills, Fort Sanders, Fountain City, Fourth and Gill, Holston, Island Home, Karns, Mechanicsville, Lake Forest, Lindbergh, Londsdale, Morningside, North Hills, Norwood, Oakwood, Old City, Old North, Old Sevier, Park City, Sequoyah Hills, South Haven, Vestal, West Hills, Westwood, Western Heights, Westmoreland
Knoxville's a great city and if I didn't live in Lexington, I would live there. As far as crime, Im not too familiar with the area, my family lives there and I always heard about staying away from Mechanicsville and Lonsdale area. And yes, Knoxville has or did have gang activity.more
Knoxville has 130 registered sex offenders.You can see whether they are in the places you plan to visit by going to:http://www.city-data.com/so/so-Knoxville-Tennessee.htmlKnoxville is well above average in the number of criminal activites within the metropolitan area.Petty Theft is by far the most prevelant problem, followed by Auto Theft and...more
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Pigeon Forge.... on the way to Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. This is just about the worst of America: minature golf, bungee jumping, pancake houses, Dollywood (which in itself isn't as bad as it sounds), t-shirt houses, low cost motels-- all on both sides of a big parkway. The only redeeming feature is that there are several big outlet malls for those who like shopping. Unfortunately, you must go through Pigeon Forge to reach Gatlinburg, which is a step or two up from Pigeon Forge.
This gate I have found on 16th Street and Highland Avenue on the student dormitory. Isn't it nice? Update from June 2007: Unfortunately this painting doesn't exist anymore. It was painted in grey color. What a pity! Maybe I can sell this picture now as a historical one of something that doesn't exist anymore?more
I didn't find any tourist traps in Knoxville, to speak of. I'm sure there are some.ONE BIG TRAP, IN MY OPINION IS NEARBY GATLINBURG.Also near Smok.Mtn. Nat'l.Park,some of the 'Cherokee' souvenier shops seemed pretty tacky, BUT the Cherokee History Center(NOT SURE OF EXACT NAME) was excellent with what appeared to be more noble and worthwhile...more
Lyons View Gallery, a gallery of fine contemporary painting and sculpture, is in a strip mall on the west side of Knoxville. It is a place where you can not only view fine art, but also purchase it. I include it here because Lyons View Gallery displays some of the sculpture of my sister-in-law, Julie Warren Conn. When we were in Knoxville recently...more
This modern sculpture, entitled "Terra" stands near the center of the University of Tennessee campus, on Cumberland Avenue, just west of "The Hill." Perhaps it is not a "must see" for the average person, but I am particularly proud of it because the sculptor who created the piece is Julie Warren Conn, wife of my brother, Philip. Julie was the first...more