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5 Reasons to Visit Knoxville this Summer


Knoxville, Tennessee, is a vibrant city nestled in the eastern part of the state. Known for its scenic beauty, friendly community, and rich history, Knoxville offers a diverse range of attractions and activities for residents and visitors alike. The city is home to the University of Tennessee, which brings a youthful energy and a strong sports culture to the area.


Knoxville's downtown area boasts a lively arts and entertainment scene, with theaters, galleries, and live music venues that showcase the city's creative spirit. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located just a short drive away, offering stunning hiking trails, picturesque landscapes, and breathtaking views. With its charming blend of southern hospitality, natural beauty, and cultural offerings, Knoxville truly captures the essence of Tennessee. Here are some activities you can enjoy in Knoxville this summer:


Enjoy some outdoor adventure – Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness is the prime spot for any outdoor enthusiast. This expansive nature preserve offers over 50 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and trail running. As summer heats up, enjoy a relaxing paddle or float in Mead’s Quarry, a unique spot that gives a nod to Knoxville’s past as “The Marble City”. 71 South is a new restaurant nestled in the heart of the Urban Wilderness, inside a refurbished church at Baker Creek Preserve. Hit the trails and make plans for brunch – sounds like Knoxville!


Paddle the Tennessee River – Can’t get enough of SUP/kayak action? Swing over to the Knoxville Adventure Collective, grab your gear, and enjoy the waterway that cuts through downtown. Book the evening slot and see the sun set and the city lights brighten up the night sky.



Relax on a rooftop – All that outdoor adventure has earned you a drink (and for the non-drinkers, mocktails abound). Chill with your crew with Smoky Mountain views atop the Hyatt Place at the Five Thirty Lounge, or watch the Sunsphere glow into twilight.



Listen to live music – From casual Celtic jam sessions to major concerts, you’ll find it all in Knoxville. Plan your trip around an event, or see where the tunes take you.


Beat the heat – Sometimes you need an arctic blast of a/c, and we know the best place to find it: Summer Movie Magic at the Tennessee Theatre! During the summer months, this iconic theatre hosts classic films on the big screen with some more modern flicks sprinkled throughout. Experience the grandeur of this beautifully restored theater and enjoy the nostalgia of watching beloved movies in a majestic setting.


Request a FREE Visitors Guide or explore visitknoxville.com to plan your summer trip to Knoxville: a nature-loving-adventure-seeking-artsy-kinda-town!

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