Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium

One of the nation’s largest city parks, Kingsport’s Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium is a 3,550-acre nature preserve offering an assortment of activities for all seasons featuring 39 miles of trails perfect for hiking and mountain biking, a 44-acre lake with barge rides providing the perfect prescription for a quiet escape to nature, native animal… Read more »

Family Fun (Young Children)

Day One Start your day at Hands On! Regional Museum and take a ride down the Katie Ellen coal mine, forecast the weather on WKID-TV and check out our ever-changing exhibits. Kids can become a pioneer, an explorer or an inventor – imagination is the only limitation. Next, travel down I-26 to the Gray Fossil… Read more »

ETSU and GSB Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site

Local 1.8 miles from I-26, Exit 13 in Gray. Explore paleontology at the ETSU & General Shale Brick Natural History Museum at Gray Fossil Site. This site has a secret that’s been tucked away underground for over 4 million years. Get a first-hand look at the late Miocene Period – a time when the area… Read more »

Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway

Located 8 miles from I-81. Known as “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile,” BMS annually hosts two NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events. Bristol Dragway, better known as “Thunder Valley,” hosts the NHRA Drag Racing Series, its own Bracket Series program and its popular street-legal racing series called Street Fights. Visitors also can share in the… Read more »


Experience Morristown through living history at Crockett Tavern and General Longstreet museums, our vibrant arts community at Historic Rose Center, unique shopping and dining in our historic downtown, great fishing on Cherokee Lake, hiking and camping at Panther Creek State Park and our Mountain Makins Festival in late October. Variety of Lodging and Dining Options… Read more »

Kingsport Aquatic Center

The Kingsport Aquatic Center is year-round water fun at the region’s newest and most comprehensive public aquatic facility. The 46,000-square-foot indoor complex features three heated pools, including the region’s only indoor Olympic-size pool, the HMG Competition Pool. A seasonal outdoor water park features pools, water slides and a 900-foot lazy river. 1820 Meadowview Parkway, Kingsport… Read more »

Hampton Inn – Bristol

Relax at our Hampton Inn Bristol hotel, located off Interstate 81 in Bristol, Tennessee and directly across the street from Wellmont Hospital. Discover the roots of Bristol’s country music at the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance Museum. Explore the wonders of the ancient Bristol Caverns or enjoy a NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway. More… Read more »

It’s a ROBOT INVASION…at the Gray Fossil Site

A robot housefly with a 3-foot wingspan… A larger-than-life robotic platypus… I’m not talking about this summer’s new Hollywood blockbuster — I’m talking about The ROBOT ZOO, the latest exhibit to invade the Gray Fossil Site. It’s 2,500 feet of science-non-fiction with larger-than-life animated robots, detailed cross-sections, and interactive hands-on activities. The Robot Zoo was… Read more »

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

88 River Road Gatlinburg, TN 37738 Explore America’s #1 Aquarium and Top Destination to See Penguins! Experience Splashing With the Stingrays, Penguin Encounter and Painting programs! Marvel at 12-foot sharks, a giant sea turtle, thousands of exotic sea creatures and playful penguins as you enjoy the Most Spectacular, State-of-the-Art Underwater Tunnels! Family Fun, Interactive, Dive/Feeding… Read more »

Apple Festival isn’t just about Apples

Driving down Interstate 26 last weekend, my mind resonated with everything I had ever heard (or learned) about Unicoi County and the town of Erwin. Of course, there’s the incredible scenery…where you can see the ghosted peaks of the Unaka Mountain Range separating Tennessee and North Carolina. There’s the “Grand Canyon of the East,” a… Read more »

Love Cars? You will…

Imagine seeing a NASCAR pit road, a 1930s service station, a 1950s-era café, and a moonshine still under one roof. Sounds interesting, right? Well, there’s a place in Greeneville where you CAN see all that. And interestingly enough, they’re not even the stars of the show. I’m talking about the City Garage Car Museum on Main Street…. Read more »

Northeast Tennessee’s Wonder of the World

Well, it’s not actually one of the “Seven Wonders.” As a matter of fact, this wonder is one of only TWO on Earth. And the strange thing is: you’ve probably never heard of it. Located in the southern part of Hawkins County (near Rogersville), Ebbing and Flowing Spring is one of only two springs in… Read more »