Knoxville, TN

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Knoxville which includes modern architecture and a city
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

Graduate Knoxville
Graduate Knoxville
4 out of 5
1706 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN, 37916
The price is $129 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
$129
per night
Feb 12 - Feb 13
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Knoxville. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (745 reviews)
"Toilet broken"

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2023

Graduate Knoxville
Hilton Knoxville
Hilton Knoxville
3.5 out of 5
501 W Church Ave, Knoxville, TN, 37902
The price is $135 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
$135
per night
Feb 12 - Feb 13
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Knoxville. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,037 reviews)
Great stay
"Amazing hotel. Just extremely busy. We waited 15 minutes to get on a elevator to get up to our room."

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2023

Hilton Knoxville
Marriott Knoxville Downtown
Marriott Knoxville Downtown
4 out of 5
525 Henley St, Knoxville, TN, 37902
The price is $149 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
$149
per night
Feb 12 - Feb 13
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Knoxville. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free area shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (178 reviews)
Overall great hotel.
"Overall hotel is awesome. The front desk gave me the wrong room but fixed it immediately. The only problem with the hotel is that the front desk staff are not on the same page. We went to 4 different front desk members during our stay but each one gave us different answers."

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2023

Marriott Knoxville Downtown
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.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Knoxville Cedar Bluff
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Knoxville Cedar Bluff
2.5 out of 5
205 Langley Place, Knoxville, TN, 37922
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Knoxville. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (189 reviews)
"The room was comfortable but not like the picture. It was small and crowded with bulky furniture that got in the way. The kitchen area was nice with a refrigerator/freezer and good microwave. The breakfast was good and had reasonable choice. The area outside was dirty was trash scattered around and ..."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2023

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Knoxville Cedar Bluff
Historic Boyd Harvey House and Grounds 2 Bedroom Home by Redawning
Historic Boyd Harvey House and Grounds 2 Bedroom Home by Redawning
4 out of 5
1321 Harvey Road, Knoxville, TN, 37922
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly condo in Knoxville. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Willow Creek Golf Club and ICEARIUM ...
Historic Boyd Harvey House and Grounds 2 Bedroom Home by Redawning
Five-star Historic Boyd Harvey Carriage House 2 Bedroom Home by Redawning
Five-star Historic Boyd Harvey Carriage House 2 Bedroom Home by Redawning
3.5 out of 5
1321 Harvey Road, Knoxville, TN, 37922
Stay at this 3.5-star vacation home in Knoxville. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Willow Creek Golf Club and ICEARIUM are located ...
Five-star Historic Boyd Harvey Carriage House 2 Bedroom Home by Redawning
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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