There’s no such thing as a boring Saturday when you live here. Knoxville is chock-full of things to enjoy throughout the year including: concerts, great restaurants, unique shops, museums, the zoo, the Sunsphere, historic home tours, Civil War sites, river boat cruises, train rides, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, hockey games, and street festivals.
Knoxville and the surrounding East Tennessee region make this the perfect place to spend a day outdoors. The nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers more than 800 miles of maintained hiking trails and beautiful scenery. Here in town, you can enjoy boating on the Tennessee River or jogging, bicycling, or walking on greenways that wind throughout the city.
It’s easy to branch out, too.
A number of major cities are just a few hours away, and airlines offer low-cost flights from McGhee Tyson Airport to beaches in the Southeast and cities in the West.
Your biggest challenge is picking a destination for those weekend trips and spring break getaways.
ARE WE THERE YET?
Several major cities can be fun one-day or weekend destinations. Here are a few, with their distances and driving times.
|Asheville, NC||2 hours||110 miles|
|Chattanooga, TN||2 hours||115 miles|
|Nashville, TN||3 hours||180 miles|
|Atlanta, GA||3.5 hours||200 miles|
|Charlotte, NC||4 hours||240 miles|
|Cincinnati, OH||4 hours||250 miles|
|Louisville, KY||4 hours||240 miles|
|Memphis, TN||6 hours||390 miles|
|Charleston, SC||6.5 hours||375 miles|
|St. Louis, MO||8 hours||500 miles|
|Washington, DC||8 hours||500 miles|
THE JET SET
At McGhee Tyson Airport, you can catch direct flights to destinations including: Chicago, Denver, Washington, D.C., Orlando, and several beach cities.