Fifteen Miles Before 5 O’Clock

  Our area is no stranger to the adventurous souls and thrill-seekers that come here to explore our mountains, float our rivers, and chase our waterfalls. Whether you are a local weekend warrior looking to get in some extra miles or a visitor of the beloved recreational opportunities we boast in our region, here is […]

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Bristol: Sounds Good

Bristol is built on sound: engines revving, fiddles singing and the silent peace of the outdoors. The downtown buzzes with live music and the outdoors quietly await just beyond. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains and surrounded by scenic South Holston Lake and the Holston River sits Bristol—The Birthplace of Country Music and home of the “World’s Fastest Half Mile”—Bristol Motor Speedway. […]

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The Best Whitewater Kayaking in Northeast Tennessee

  Follow along with outdoorsman and writer Johnny Molloy as he treks through the mountains of Northeast Tennessee. Rolling whitewater, rising mountains, and winding roads are signatures of Northeast Tennessee. The combination of rugged terrain and abundant rainfall make the area a prime whitewater destination. Check out four rivers that give paddlers of all levels a chance […]

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Mixing Music and History at Bristol’s Sessions Hotel

  There’s a new hotel in downtown Bristol that pays tribute to Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia’s deep music roots. The Sessions Hotel opened on State Street in June 2020, creating an experience that can only be found in the place where country music first began. Just steps away from the Birthplace of Country Music […]

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Escape to Tennessee: Planning, Virtual Tours, and More

Take a hike on the trails, camp in a state park, visit a historic landmark, chow down on delicious eats, sample some craft brews, and listen to mountain music. We’ve put together a few trip ideas with less crowds and safe places – all within driving distance. There are currently no travel restrictions in Tennessee. […]

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Choose Your Own Adventure In the Volunteer State

No matter how many trails you hike, backroads you wander, and lakes you swim, Northeast Tennessee is surrounded by ample opportunities to adventure like a pro, high and low. Here are just a few adventures to get stoked about. Hike Roan Mountain Hiking up Roan Mountain from the Carvers Gap parking lot is like the […]

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All-Star Favorites For Race Week

  Northeast Tennessee is ready to welcome back race fans to Bristol Motor Speedway with a few of its own all-star favorites when it comes to chowing down on local eats, spending time with family, and taking on the outdoors. Known to host one of the most popular tracks on the circuit, Northeast Tennessee also […]

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Drive Up Date Night: Our Claim to Iconic Drive-In Theaters

The summer season brings fresh mountain air, country back roads, and road trips close to home. And, we’re betting you wouldn’t mind a cozy night under the stars, your favorite snacks, and a classic movie. Although there were drive-in theaters as early as 1933, they’ve become more of a rarity in the 21st Century with […]

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