Tri-Cities, TN

Travel Guide
Tri-Cities featuring a festival and street scenes as well as a couple

Three cities in northern Tennessee offer unlimited outdoor activities in the shadows of the Appalachian Mountains.

Kingsport, Johnson City and Bristol are Tennessee’s Tri-Cities. Forming a triangle at the state’s northeastern border with Virginia, they offer individual attractions and convenient access to the Appalachian Mountains and Crockett National Forest.

Holston River winds through Kingsport, providing outdoor activity opportunities. Follow the river south to Warriors’ Path State Park. Ride horseback, picnic, camp, golf or rent a kayak to explore the riverbanks.

Visit the multi-faceted Bays Mountain Park west of Kingsport to attend a planetarium show, tackle challenges of the adventure ropes course, hike on forest trails and watch wolf pups at the zoo.

Kingsport’s Exchange Place Living History Farm features a historic 1850’s farmstead; visit during one of the five annual festivals to experience the changing seasons as our ancestors did.

Every July Kingsport hosts Fun Fest, a week-long festival of family-friendly events and activities. Ride in a colorful hot air balloon high over the city and attend concerts featuring country, Christian, rock and pop stars.

Head northeast to visit the Bristol Motor Speedway. With other activities throughout the year, the big event is August’s NASCAR race week. Join thousands for the racing as well as the camaraderie in the temporary village of race fans.

Other Bristol attractions are the underground Bristol Caverns and the TVA-built South Holston Dam, popular with humans and fish.

Near Johnson City at the triangle’s southern tip, go to Roan Mountain State Park for incredible views. Enjoy masses of rhododendron bursting into pink flowers each June and leaves changing colors during autumn.

East of the Tri-Cities, find the Appalachian Mountains and Cherokee National Forest. Hike a few miles on the Appalachian Trail as it heads north to Virginia on its 2184-mile (3,514-kilometer) path from Georgia to Maine.

Reach the area via the Tri-Cities Regional Airport at the center of the triangle of the three cities. For a scenic trip, drive west from Boone, North Carolina to the Tri-Cities area on winding roads over the Appalachian Mountains. Be prepared for snow in winter and unending beauty year-round.

Red Roof Inn Johnson City
Red Roof Inn Johnson City
2 out of 5
210 Broyles Drive E, Johnson City, TN, 37601
The price is $65 per night from May 25 to May 26
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Johnson City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (980 reviews)
"Very nice and convenient to our needs"

Reviewed on May 8, 2022

Red Roof Inn Johnson City
Carnegie Hotel & Spa
Carnegie Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
1216 W State Of Franklin Rd, Johnson City, TN, 37604
The price is $149 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 15
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Johnson City. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (979 reviews)

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Carnegie Hotel & Spa
Holiday Inn Express Johnson City, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Johnson City, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
2 Orr Court, Johnson City, TN, 37615
Fully refundable
The price is $114 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Johnson City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (775 reviews)
"Staff went above and beyond, they were super kind and . accommodating. Hot tub and pool being inside was awesome so weather wasnt a concern. Breakfast was damn good for a hotel with some options changing. Clean and quiet I would stay here again and when family visit I will encourage them to stay ..."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Holiday Inn Express Johnson City, an IHG Hotel
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Amazing 1 Bedroom Apartment, Downtown Jonesborough
Amazing 1 Bedroom Apartment, Downtown Jonesborough
Jonesborough, TN
The price is $98 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this apartment in Jonesborough. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and an arcade/game room. Popular attractions International Storytelling Center and Tennessee ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Bristol Dirt
"Had a wonderful time!"

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

Amazing 1 Bedroom Apartment, Downtown Jonesborough
JC LOFT Steps to Entertainment & Restaurants
JC LOFT Steps to Entertainment & Restaurants
Johnson City, TN
The price is $167 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this vacation home in Johnson City. Enjoy WiFi, a TV, and 2 bathrooms. Popular attractions Yee-Haw Brewing Company and Tweetsie Trail Trailhead are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Short visit
"Nice condo. Great location. Walkable to restaurants, shops, breweries."

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2021

JC LOFT Steps to Entertainment & Restaurants
Iron Mountain Lodge 3 Bedroom Cabin by Redawning
Iron Mountain Lodge 3 Bedroom Cabin by Redawning
3.5 out of 5
232 Lakeside Drive, Butler, TN, 37640
Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly vacation home in Butler. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private spa tubs. Discover genuine guest reviews for Iron Mountain ...
Iron Mountain Lodge 3 Bedroom Cabin by Redawning
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