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Knoxville and East Tennessee

Knoxville offers a perfect blend of small-town, Southern hospitality and big-city opportunities.

Here in Big Orange Country, our front yard is the Tennessee River and our backyard is Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There’s never been a better time to visit Knoxville and make it your home sweet home.

Check out the official UT Visitor’s Guide to help you plan your visit in Knoxville!


ConcertOur historic and revitalized downtown hosts events that bring in thousands of visitors each year. The region’s rich and progressive music scene features everything from local hip-hop concerts at shoebox-sized clubs to mainstream artists at the 700-seat Bijou Theatre and the historic 1,000-seat Tennessee Theatre. Restaurants, pubs, clubs, eclectic shopping, an outdoor farmers’ market, street festivals, the Sunsphere, art galleries, history collections, and museums like UT’s Downtown Gallery are all just a few short blocks from campus.

The Great Outdoors

smokeyKnoxville and the surrounding East Tennessee region are 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. Lakes and rivers wind through Knoxville and more than 100 miles of paved greenway trails cover the city, making it an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. It’s easy to plan a day hike or just an afternoon of biking, kayaking, or boating.

Tennessee Pride

fansVolunteer pride runs deep throughout East Tennessee and beyond, and devoted Vols fans follow our teams in every part of the state. Saturday home football games can draw more than 100,000 fans from all over the nation to campus to cheer on the Vols at Neyland Stadium. With eighteen men’s and women’s competitive team sports, you’ll almost always find a meet, match, or game to catch on campus so check for the latest information. You can also take advantage of Knoxville Ice Bears professional hockey games and Tennessee Smokies minor league baseball in venues a short drive from campus.


Flights arrive and depart from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) each day.

Convenient Location


Many airlines offer low-cost flights from McGhee Tyson Airport to beaches in the Southeast and cities in the west.

Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of nearly half the US population. Your biggest challenge is picking a destination for those weekend trips and spring break getaways.

Asheville, NC 110 miles
Chattanooga, TN 115 miles
Nashville, TN 180 miles
Atlanta, GA 200 miles
Charlotte, NC 240 miles
Cincinnati, OH 250 miles
Louisville, KY 240 miles
Memphis, TN 390 miles
Charleston, SC 375 miles
St. Louis, MO 500 miles
Washington, DC 500 miles