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View of Knoxville. Melinda Fawver/Shutterstock
View of Knoxville. Melinda Fawver/Shutterstock
Office Buildings. Melinda Fawver/Shutterstock
Office Buildings. Melinda Fawver/Shutterstock
Henley Bridge. Photo Travel Bug/Shutterstock
Henley Bridge. Photo Travel Bug/Shutterstock
James White Fort, Knoxville. Brian Stansberry
James White Fort, Knoxville. Brian Stansberry
City View Knoxville. Sean Pavone/Shutterstock
City View Knoxville. Sean Pavone/Shutterstock
City Buildings. Melinda Fawver/Shutterstock
City Buildings. Melinda Fawver/Shutterstock
Downtown view. Melinda Fawver/Shutterstock
Downtown view. Melinda Fawver/Shutterstock
Tennessee University. Steve Frame/Shutterstock
Tennessee University. Steve Frame/Shutterstock

Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Tennessee first settled in 1786 by James White who built a small fort and started developing the land. In the early years, Knoxville thrived as a way station for migrants heading west and grew nicely in manufacturing during the Industrial Age. With the Great Depression however Knoxville struggled economically until modern times when in 1982 it received notoriety by hosting the World’s Fair one of the most popular in U.S. History.

The Sunsphere observation tower dominates the Skyline of Knoxville. The city’s most distinguishable icon at 266 foot high, it is located next to the Knoxville Convention Center at the World’s Fair Park. For sporting events, Knoxville is home to the University of Tennessee with Neyland Stadium being the home ground of the Tennessee Volunteers football team.

The best panoramic views are from Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park in North Knoxville where you can see the city skyline across the Great Appalachian Valley with the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains. Another good sightseeing experience is sailing down the Mississippi River on the Star of Knoxville Paddelwheeler with the boat charter offering a range of cruises.

Market Square is the Historical part of Downtown Knoxville with plenty of shops, restaurants and café’s along with some regular events like the farmers market. The Downtown District features buildings with a mix of architectural styles and contains, two historic church’s, the courthouse, East Tennessee Historic Center, Blount Mansion, the Knoxville Museum of Art and the Tennessee Theatre a great place to see a cultural performance or Broadway show.

Music plays a big role in Knoxville’s culture with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra dating back to 1935 and the city having contributed to the bluegrass and country music era with the likes of Homer and Jethro, Everley Brothers and Flatt & Scrubbs being just s few originating from Knoxville.

There are numerous festivals and events happening all year round but the biggest ones not to miss are the Dogwood Arts Festival held over 17 days in April along with the Rossini Festival that celebrates opera and Italian Culture.

For more holiday information on Knoxville you may also want to visit the official Knoxville Visitor Center website

Skyline of Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Sean Pavone/Shutterstock
Skyline of Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Sean Pavone/Shutterstock
City and Tenessee River view. Photo Melinda Fawver/Shutterstock
City and Tenessee River view. Photo Melinda Fawver/Shutterstock