Knoxville, TN

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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

Baymont by Wyndham Knoxville/Cedar Bluff
Baymont by Wyndham Knoxville/Cedar Bluff
2.5 out of 5
209 Market Place Boulevard, Knoxville, TN
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $76 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in Knoxville, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Dead Horse Lake Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of West Town Mall and Tennova Hospitalist Group. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (932 reviews)
"Great staff"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Baymont by Wyndham Knoxville/Cedar Bluff
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ & Suites Knoxville West – Cedar Bluff
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ & Suites Knoxville West – Cedar Bluff
2.5 out of 5
208 Market Pl Blvd, Knoxville, TN
The price is $78 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
Situated in the suburbs, this motel is within 9 mi (15 km) of West Town Mall, Pellissippi State Community College, and Willow Creek Golf Club. University of ...
4/5 Very Good! (947 reviews)
"Our room was great. The phone was broken and hotel staff didnt seem to care. All other staff members wwre helpful and friendly. Breakfast was decent."

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

Red Roof Inn PLUS+ & Suites Knoxville West – Cedar Bluff
Hilton Knoxville
Hilton Knoxville
3.5 out of 5
501 W Church Ave, Knoxville, TN
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $149 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in Downtown Knoxville, this hotel is steps from St. John's Episcopal Cathedral and Charles Krutch Park. First Baptist Church and Tennessee Theatre are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (969 reviews)
"I thought I left something there, e-mailed housekeeping as I was told to do. No response. Other than that, it’s a fine hotel."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Hilton Knoxville
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NoKno Flats • The Little Lemon Lounge 🍋
NoKno Flats • The Little Lemon Lounge 🍋
Knoxville, TN
The price is $65 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Old North Knoxville, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Central United Methodist Church, Knoxville Municipal Stadium, and A1 Lab Arts. Knoxville ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (34 reviews)
What a great unit!
"We had such a great and relaxing time here - such a great place and it made our short stay very enjoyable! Close enough to town and things to do but far enough to be quiet at night - definitely recommend!"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

NoKno Flats • The Little Lemon Lounge 🍋
Home2 Suites by Hilton Knoxville West
Home2 Suites by Hilton Knoxville West
3 out of 5
380 N Peters Road, Knoxville, TN
The price is $118 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Situated in Knoxville, this aparthotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Dead Horse Lake Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tennova Hospitalist Group and Turkey Creek ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (392 reviews)
"It was very quiet. Didn’t have to worry about noisy people."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Knoxville West
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Knoxville Cedar Bluff
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Knoxville Cedar Bluff
2.5 out of 5
205 Langley Place, Knoxville, TN
The price is $107 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tennova Hospitalist Group, Fort Loudoun Lake, and Dead Horse Lake Golf Course. Turkey Creek ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (157 reviews)
"Hotel nice, kitchen a plus, bed was uncomfortable and hallway very loud with poor insulation so I head people upstairs walking around and my neighbors next door to all night."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Knoxville Cedar Bluff
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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