Knoxville Travel Guide

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Knoxville Highlights

  • Pro
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     Gateway to the Smokey's, great people, the VOLS!!! 

  • Con
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     Bad traffic and lots of urban sprawl 

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     Friendly with a small town feel to it. 

Knoxville Things to Do

  • Knoxville Zoo

    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.

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  • Start the Holiday Season at the Fantasy...

    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...

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  • Boomsday - Labor Day Festival!

    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...

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  • James White's Fort

    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)....

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  • Volunteer Landing

    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...

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  • Ijams Nature Center

    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...

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Knoxville Restaurants

  • Bel-Air Grill

    Tony and I was traveling on Rt 33 on the back roads home to Nashville from our weekend in Johnson City..and we were looking for something new and found this Grill...Apparently its a chain of some sort but its the first one we have ever ran across or ate at..and the heavenly grill smell from the parking lot...we had to stop and check it out..The...

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  • The restaurant on the river

    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...

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  • Go somewhere else

    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...

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Knoxville Nightlife

  • Late night eats and entertainment

    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...

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  • Martinis

    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...

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  • Market Square

    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...

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Knoxville Transportation

  • McGhee Tyson Airport

    Call for flight rates and itinery, coming from out of town, may be a delay flight in non-direct schedules*McGhee Tyson is the closest airport available unless you drive to Atlanta, Ga. or Nashville, Tn.

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  • Getting around town

    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*

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  • KAT (Knoxville Area Transit)

    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...

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Knoxville Shopping

  • Great Deal on Quilts

    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.

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  • Purveyors of Fine Map Products

    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...

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  • The direction sign

    In West and East town malls you will find the sign with directions to shops located in the shopping center. As a rule those signs are on the main entrances of a building. The direction divide stores by kinds of things which are sold. What you can.

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Knoxville Local Customs

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 18, 2007

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    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

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Knoxville Warnings and Dangers

  • Knoxville Crime

    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.

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  • fair warning....

    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...

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Knoxville Tourist Traps

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    by KathyW Written Aug 24, 2002

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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.

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Knoxville Off The Beaten Path

  • The students' art

    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?

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  • I didn't find any tourist...

    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...

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  • Lunch at Long's Drug Store . ....

    Lunch at Long's Drug Store . . . A day at Norris Lake . . . Just look at the fish you can catch . . . The Dogwood Trail in the Spring . . . A drive down Cherokee Blvd on a sunny day . . . Brunch at the Copper Cellar on Sunday

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Knoxville Sports & Outdoors

  • Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

    The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame is jam-packed with memorabilia, activities and exhibits opened to the public. camera and film

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  • Go Big Orange

    It's Football Time in Tennessee....home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers....Go Big Orange* orange dress attire, plenty of film for camera, and lots of cheer for the Volunteers victory season*

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Knoxville Favorites

  • The Sunsphere

    The Sunsphere located in World's Fair Park was built for the 1982 World's Fair. Standing at 266 feet tall, this tower gives you a chance to get a beautiful view of the Knoxville area. The architecture itself is pretty interesting too.

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  • Lyons View Gallery

    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...

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  • "Terra," a Sculpture on the U.T. Campus

    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...

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