Cades Cove – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cades Cove is one of the more heavily visited spots in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The cove is an open, relatively flat valley in the middle of the very mountainous park. The dramatic change in terrain, from fields to mountains makes for some very pretty scenery. The Cades Cove...

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The WDVX Blue Plate Special Concerts

Taking in a Blue Plate Special concert  is a must-do for Knoxville visitors. These free concerts are held at the Knoxville Visitor Center at noon each Monday through Saturday.  WDVX, a listener supported station with an Americana/roots format, has their studio in the Visitor Center building...

Knoxville’s Dogwood Trails

Each year in April, as part of the Dogwood Arts Festival, Knoxville features a number of neighborhoods that have exceptional displays of dogwoods and other flowering trees and gardens. These “dogwood trails” are listed on the Dogwood Arts Festival website. Once you get to the...

Boomsday

Knoxville’s Boomsday is the largest Labor Day fireworks display in the nation. Neyland Drive, the road that runs along the river in downtown Knoxville, is closed to traffic for the event and transformed into a festival area with food, vendors, entertainment, and activities. There are...

Fall Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia

If you enjoy traditional bluegrass, folk, gospel, old-time country, and mountain music, you’ll love the annual Tennessee Fall Homecoming at the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, Tennessee. The event is held in October of each year on the museum grounds. This event features three days of...

Cumberland Gap

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is located at the point where Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia meet. Parts of the park are in each state. The line between Virginia and Kentucky is painted on the Pinnacle Overlook path. It’s a favorite photo opportunity for visitors to stand with...

Stanley’s Greenhouses

Stanley’s is a great place to visit if you enjoy plants and gardening. Their large, beautifully maintained greenhouses are  filled with row after row of plants and flowers. The plant tables are stocked with so many colorful flowers that it makes for a jaw-dropping display. In addition...

Songbird Trail at Norris Dam State Park

The Songbird Trail Loop at Norris Dam State Park is an easy two mile hike. The flat, firm surface makes the trail popular with joggers and people out walking for exercise. One side of the trail runs right along the water, providing good views of the Clinch River. The other side of the loop...

Clear Creek Trail at Norris Dam State Park

Clear Creek Trail at Norris Dam State Park begins at the Grist Mill and runs along Clear Creek, near Lower Clear Creek Road. The trail is a good place to see woodland wildflowers in the spring. And the views of the creek and several of its ponds are very pleasant. There’s a lot to see...

Norris Dam State Park

Norris Dam State Park is a short drive from the Knoxville area, making it a nice day trip. Or, if you’d like to go and stay for a while, there are both rustic and deluxe cabins available for rent in the park. Cabin rental rates for Tennessee State Parks. There are also camping areas...

Market Square Farmers’ Market – Knoxville

You’ll find a good selection of produce, flowers and other goods for sale in a festive setting at downtown Knoxville’s Market Square Farmers’ Market. Everything sold at the market is grown or made by the vendor in East Tennessee. The market’s location, right in the...

Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome has some of the best views in the Smoky Mountains, at a reasonably accessible site. Clingmans Dome is located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is the highest point in the park.  At 6,643 feet, it’s also the third highest mountain east of the Mississippi. You...