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Knoxville Tennessee is the third largest city in Tennessee. With a population of close to 180,000, the Knoxville area encompasses surrounding cities, towns and counties. It stretches almost to Kentucky in the north, Great Smoky Mountains southeast, and some smaller towns to the west and southwest.

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The definition of Metro Knoxville keeps changing, but currently depending on what they call a CSA it is just over one million people. (link)Read Here for the the what's what on a 2013 Metro Knoxville definition.



Although, not a true metropolis which is a connection of other cities spidered together. It is still regarded to be a metro area because the(LINK) City of Knoxville is the hub which glues the eastern areas together.

Ijams Nature Center

Ijams Nature Center




Right in the middle of the city is the Ijams Nature Reserve, bringing the wonders of nature right into the heart of Knoxville.

The pride of history stands beside a modern flare that gives this Tennessee city a uniquely welcoming feel for newcomers.

As a tourist, or resident of the Knoxville area there are so many things to do. You can visit fun attractions, events, festivals, parks, etc.. Knoxville blends urban with nature.

Blount Mansion

Blount Mansion



With historic buildings like James White Fort which has been part of this cities story since the 1780’s. It stands only minutes from the East Tennessee Discovery Center that leaps minds into the future.

James White Fort

James White Fort

The City of Knoxville's skyline is most recognized by the Sunsphere and Amphitheater which are leftovers from the 1982 Worlds Fair.

The downtown core is different from most modern cities in that the area is mostly a tribute to preserved buildings from early parts of the last century.

South Market Historic District

South Market Historic District

There are walking tours that delve into the paranormal, and are ideal for those with an interest in ghosts that have lingered because of Knoxville's active history. The city is full of interesting historic places and you will find many listed here with their stories.

Go to the Blount Mansion, which was the capital for the territory of the United States south of the River Ohio in 1792. If you want to visit something outdoors, how about Knoxville Botanical Gardens , which is the oldest continually operating business in Knox County. See plants and trees that have been growing there for over 100 years.

The city is proud of its sports heritage and you can see fans sporting the U of T orange on the streets. Visit the Woman’s Basketball Hall of Fame, a relatively new addition to the Knoxville urban landscape. Learn about the female stars of the game and brush up on your techniques.

Boomsday Festival

Boomsday Festival

Visit museums dedicated to the past, or to modern local artists. With many wonderful festivals throughout the year there is something to entertain everyone.

Try biscuits at the International Biscuit Festival. Proudly strut your stuff with your furry best friend at the Mardi Growl Festival , or enjoy local craft beers at Brewers Jam which is a craft beer festival. This city knows how to have a great time.

Dragon Boat Festival Knoxville

Dragon Boat Festival Knoxville

Gatlinburg Aerial View

Gatlinburg Aerial View



Nearby towns like Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg gives visitors a chance to really experience the best the Knoxville area has to offer. Whether you are a first time visitor, or a life long resident these towns have something for everyone.



Pigeon Forge is packed full of fun activities, and attractions. None so large and amazing as Dollywood. Country superstar Dolly Parton brought this amusement park to her home so she could encourage people to visit her beautiful home county.

Thunderhead Wooden Coaster at Dollywood

Thunderhead Wooden Coaster at Dollywood

Splash Country

Splash Country



Dollywood attracts people from all over the world to enjoy the scenic Smoky Mountains area. The Park has great entertainment, thrilling rides, and unique stores. It's a fun day for the whole family especially if you add Splash Country to your visit. This water park is a full day of wet wild fun.

Dixie Stampede

Dixie Stampede

Pigeon Forge has grown into a tourism hub, with wax museums, rides and interactive attractions. Take the kids go-carting, horseback riding, or fly down the hill in a Zorb ball. Enjoy a dinner theater show like Dolly’s Dixie Stampede, or the Lumberjack Feud.

With many hotels this is the perfect place for your family to stay. Stores and restaurants are in abundance to choose from.

Gatlinburg at Dusk

Gatlinburg at Dusk

Just down the road is the picturesque mountain village of Gatlinburg, which is completely surrounded by gorgeous veiws of the mountains. With attractions, parks, and stores there is never a dull moment there.

Gatlinburg's main street is lined with unique stores, great attractions and yummy food.



Check out Ripley’s Aquarium found in the heart of Gatlinburg. Get up close to some of the oceans most beautiful creatures, pet a sting ray. Perhaps you prefer to spend time in the shark tunnel, where a variety of sharks swim over, and around you. Learn about these creatures and take lots of pictures.

Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg

Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg Lift to Summit

Ober Gatlinburg Lift to Summit



Ober Gatlinburg found high on the mountain is a full fun day for families. With a year round indoor ice skating rink, a wildlife encounter with local animals, and a thrilling luge ride you could spend a memorable day having fun. The chair lift to the top of the mountain provides a great view for those not afraid of heights.

To the southeast of the City of Knoxville you will find exciting things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains. It gets its name from the natural fog that hangs over the range, and looks like large plumes of smoke from a distance.





These mountains have lots of outdoor activities like white water rafting, underground caves, and the home of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which was established in 1934 to help protect the range.

The Metro Knoxville area is very proud of this area, but Lake Country to the north is a water lovers paradise with three large reservoirs including the extremely popular Norris lake with over 800 miles of lake shore. Enjoy a cabin rental, boating, water sports, or find your own secluded sandy beach.

There are so many great attractions in the Knoxville area. To the southwest you can visit The Lost Sea which is a large underground lake found deep in caves used by Civil war soldiers.

Obviously, there is too much to see and do in one day but plan to spend some time in this beautiful part of Tennessee. Use the site to pick the things you and your family will enjoy and make the most of your visit to Knoxville.



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