Knoxville, TN

Travel Guide
Knoxville which includes modern architecture and a city

Against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee’s third-largest city honors its World’s Fair past and buzzes with a cool café culture and lively nightlife.

Stroll through Knoxville’s bustling shopping districts of Market Square and Gay Street or follow University of Tennessee students to the best place for a coffee or beer. Relax in a city park or enjoy some time in nature visiting the nearby Smoky Mountains. Cruise along the Tennessee River, which starts in east Knoxville where the Holston and French Broad rivers meet.

Knoxville has successfully shaken off its “scruffy little city” image to become an area of urban chic and student cool. The transformation began in 1982 when the city hosted the World’s Fair. The Sunsphere, a tall building topped with a golden orb, was one of the original attractions from the fair. Find it in World’s Fair Park, which is now a popular place for families, joggers and artists year-round.

Make a point to visit the Old City, where some of the area’s best restaurants and nightspots are nestled inside fine old architecture. Look for rows of Victorian-style houses in Fort Sanders, another attractive neighborhood.

In the East Tennessee History Center discover the role Knoxville played in producing the first atomic bomb. This facility covers a comprehensive history of the area, from Native American times to the present.

Shop for local produce in the twice-weekly farmers markets in Market Square or hunt for bargains along Gay Street.

The Dogwood Arts Festival has numerous art and outdoor activities throughout April. Several city locations have free weekly summer concerts.

Explore over 800 miles of trails in one of America’s largest protected areas. The Smoky Mountains are just a 30-minute drive away.

Driving is the easiest way to get around the city and parking is rarely hard to find. Buses run at hourly intervals. The KAT transportation service operates free trolleys during business hours in the downtown areas.

The mild winters of Knoxville’s subtropical climate mean it is a great place to visit throughout the year. Enjoy an al fresco coffee or breakfast in a café each morning and plan which of Knoxville’s attractions you want to visit.

Where to stay in Knoxville

Red Roof Inn Knoxville Central - Papermill Road
Red Roof Inn Knoxville Central - Papermill Road
2 out of 5
1315 Kirby Rd, Knoxville, TN
The price is ¥6,332 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bearden Antique Mall, Tennessee River, and West Town Mall. Confederate Memorial Hall and Jones ...
3.6/5 Good! (958 reviews)
"I liked that the room was clean"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Red Roof Inn Knoxville Central - Papermill Road
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ & Suites Knoxville West – Cedar Bluff
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ & Suites Knoxville West – Cedar Bluff
2.5 out of 5
208 Market Pl Blvd, Knoxville, TN
The price is ¥8,582 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Situated in the suburbs, this motel is within 9 mi (15 km) of West Town Mall, Pellissippi State Community College, and Willow Creek Golf Club. University of ...
4/5 Very Good! (951 reviews)
"Very clean"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Red Roof Inn PLUS+ & Suites Knoxville West – Cedar Bluff
Baymont by Wyndham Knoxville/Cedar Bluff
Baymont by Wyndham Knoxville/Cedar Bluff
2.5 out of 5
209 Market Place Boulevard, Knoxville, TN
The price is ¥8,737 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Situated in Knoxville, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Dead Horse Lake Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of West Town Mall and Tennova Hospitalist Group. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (934 reviews)
"The location was awesome. It was quiet and clean."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Baymont by Wyndham Knoxville/Cedar Bluff
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
NoKno Flats • The Little Lemon Lounge 🍋
NoKno Flats • The Little Lemon Lounge 🍋
Knoxville, TN
The price is ¥7,424 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Located in Old North Knoxville, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Central United Methodist Church, Knoxville Municipal Stadium, and A1 Lab Arts. Knoxville ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (34 reviews)
What a great unit!
"We had such a great and relaxing time here - such a great place and it made our short stay very enjoyable! Close enough to town and things to do but far enough to be quiet at night - definitely recommend!"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

NoKno Flats • The Little Lemon Lounge 🍋
Home2 Suites by Hilton Knoxville West
Home2 Suites by Hilton Knoxville West
3 out of 5
380 N Peters Road, Knoxville, TN
The price is ¥14,163 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Situated in Knoxville, this aparthotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Dead Horse Lake Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Tennova Hospitalist Group and Turkey Creek ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (392 reviews)
"It was very quiet. Didn’t have to worry about noisy people."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Knoxville West
NoKno Flats • Relax and Unwind 5 min to Downtown
NoKno Flats • Relax and Unwind 5 min to Downtown
Knoxville, TN
The price is ¥7,767 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in Old North Knoxville, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Central United Methodist Church, Knoxville Municipal Stadium, and A1 Lab Arts. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
First time to TN
"We absolutely loved this place. Easy access. Clean. Quiet. Close to downtown. felt like home away from home."

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2021

NoKno Flats • Relax and Unwind 5 min to Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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