Head to Northeast Tennessee to be transported to a time where saber-toothed cats roamed the region; pioneers made their pilgrimage; and a different sort of “Big Bang” happened in Bristol, affecting not only the city but the entire nation. Go caving, hiking, hear stories from world-class storytellers and so much more.
is a mountain city full of breathtaking views, outdoor hiking, animal habitats and a 300-foot zip line at ; eight miles of paved park trails at Greenbelt Linear Park; and an official Selfie Trail that includes sculptures, historic spots like and even a fire tower. Wash down the culinary options including barbecue, Italian cuisine, seafood and more with a Kingsport Original Long Island Iced Tea. Don’t leave this city without a ride on the refurbished .
, straddling both sides of the Tennessee-Virginia state line, is perhaps best known for the legendary NASCAR short track . The town has come into its own by embracing its rich vein of musical heritage, localized entrepreneurial and artistic talents, a collective eye for revitalization and an undeniably beautiful natural setting. From scratch-made dining and the angler’s paradise that is to the Smithsonian-affiliate and a burgeoning brewery scene, you’ll want to plan a weekend or longer.
Johnson City, Tennessee
is an outdoor enthusiast’s mecca and you don’t have to leave the city limits. is a 725-acre wilderness where the slopes are steep, its hollows are deep and from the top, you can see Johnson City laid out on the valley floor below. is a mountain biking skills park coving over 40 acres of heavily-wooded terrain. After your adventure, grab a bite to eat and a brew at and . Then, enjoy a night of music at one of the region’s longest-running music venues, . This is the place to be to hear great songs among fellow music lovers.
is Tennessee’s Oldest Town; and strikes a balance of offering lots to do while encouraging you to unplug and reconnect loved ones. You’ll find outdoor offerings at Persimmon Ridge Park, history at the , a variety of culinary options from Let’s Taco Bout It, Main Street Cafe & Catering and . Hear stories at the , known for hosting world-class storytellers.
If you want to visit one of East Tennessee’s most beautiful historic places, look no further than , the state’s second oldest town. Greeneville is rich in United States history – it’s the home of U.S. president – and has great food options and fun attractions for all ages. Spend a night dining at farm-to-table restaurants, explore President Johnson’s tailor shop and go hiking with .