KnoxvilleUnited States of America

Against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee’s third-largest city honors its World’s Fair past and buzzes with a cool café culture and lively nightlife.

Stroll through Knoxville’s bustling shopping districts of Market Square and Gay Street or follow University of Tennessee students to the best place for a coffee or beer. Relax in a city park or enjoy some time in nature visiting the nearby Smoky Mountains. Cruise along the Tennessee River, which starts in east Knoxville where the Holston and French Broad rivers meet.

Knoxville has successfully shaken off its “scruffy little city” image to become an area of urban chic and student cool. The transformation began in 1982 when the city hosted the World’s Fair. The Sunsphere, a tall building topped with a golden orb, was one of the original attractions from the fair. Find it in World’s Fair Park, which is now a popular place for families, joggers and artists year-round.

Make a point to visit the Old City, where some of the area’s best restaurants and nightspots are nestled inside fine old architecture. Look for rows of Victorian-style houses in Fort Sanders, another attractive neighborhood.

In the East Tennessee History Center discover the role Knoxville played in producing the first atomic bomb. This facility covers a comprehensive history of the area, from Native American times to the present.

Shop for local produce in the twice-weekly farmers markets in Market Square or hunt for bargains along Gay Street.

The Dogwood Arts Festival has numerous art and outdoor activities throughout April. Several city locations have free weekly summer concerts.

Explore over 800 miles of trails in one of America’s largest protected areas. The Smoky Mountains are just a 30-minute drive away.

Driving is the easiest way to get around the city and parking is rarely hard to find. Buses run at hourly intervals. The KAT transportation service operates free trolleys during business hours in the downtown areas.

The mild winters of Knoxville’s subtropical climate mean it is a great place to visit throughout the year. Enjoy an al fresco coffee or breakfast in a café each morning and plan which of Knoxville’s attractions you want to visit.

Where to stay in Knoxville

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Downtown Knoxville

4.5/5Wonderful!(691 area reviews)

Downtown Knoxville is known for its lively bars, and you can plan a trip to World's Fair Park and Neyland Stadium while you're in town.

Downtown Knoxville
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Cedar Bluff

4/5Very Good!(349 area reviews)

Cedar Bluff is popular for its abundant dining options, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Fort Loudoun Lake or Dead Horse Lake Golf Course.

Cedar Bluff

Top Hotels in Knoxville

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Place Knoxville Downtown
Hyatt Place Knoxville Downtown
3 out of 5
530 S Gay St, Knoxville, TN
The price is $114 per night

Located in Downtown Knoxville, this hotel is steps from Fort Loudoun Lake and Tennessee Theatre. Knoxville Convention Center and Market Square are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (733 reviews)

"Great staff; lovely room. Wish rooftop had been open but COVID won."…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2020

Hyatt Place Knoxville Downtown
Holiday Inn Knoxville N - Merchant Drive
Holiday Inn Knoxville N - Merchant Drive
3 out of 5
5634 Merchants Center Blvd., Knoxville, TN
The price is $80 per night

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Knoxville Expo Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Knoxville Convention Center and University ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (451 reviews)

"Clean & Quiet. I will check-in again when around the area."…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2020

Holiday Inn Knoxville N - Merchant Drive
Hilton Knoxville Airport
Hilton Knoxville Airport
3.5 out of 5
2001 Alcoa Hwy, Alcoa, TN
The price is $105 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Capitol Theatre, Maryville College, and Cades Cove Museum. Foothills Mall and University of Tennessee ...

4.3/5Excellent! (818 reviews)

"Request a handicap shower and go it. But the king was low to ground which didn’t help. Otherwise everything else was great."…"

Reviewed on Jul 8, 2020

Hilton Knoxville Airport

Popular places to visit in Knoxville

University of Tennessee
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University of Tennessee

4.5/5(779 reviews)

Explore the campus of University of Tennessee, a top college in Knoxville. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Thompson–Boling Arena
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Thompson–Boling Arena

4.5/5(106 reviews)

Catch an event at Thompson–Boling Arena during your trip to Knoxville. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Tennessee Theatre
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Tennessee Theatre

4.5/5(70 reviews)

Get tickets for a show at Tennessee Theatre, one of the favorite theaters in Knoxville. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Market Square
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Market Square

4.5/5(716 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Knoxville during your trip to a top site like Market Square. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Neyland Stadium
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Neyland Stadium

4.5/5(83 reviews)

Catch an event at Neyland Stadium during your trip to Knoxville. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

World's Fair Park
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World's Fair Park

4.5/5(26 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to World's Fair Park, a well-known attraction in Knoxville. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the lively bars while you're in the area.

Top things to do in Knoxville

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Tennessee
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Tennessee

$10
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Tennessee
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Tennessee

$20
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Tennessee
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Tennessee

$10
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Tennessee
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Tennessee

$10
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Tennessee
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Tennessee

$10
Per adult
Brewery Tour
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Brewery Tour

$67
Per adult

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