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Knoxville is in Eastern Tennessee, United States. It is the third-largest city in the state. It is the home of the University of Tennessee's primary campus (UTK) and site of the 1982 World's Fair.


Knoxville is on the Tennessee River about an hour from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Once called the 'scruffy little city', the downtown is undergoing a rapid renaissance as young people move into the lofts and apartments created from the factories and warehouses of another era. On any evening of the week, throngs of residents and visitors can be seen at the sidewalk cafes, theaters, restaurants and night clubs along Gay Street and Market Square. The University of Tennessee, with its 27,000 students, is within walking distance of the downtown, separated only by the World's Fair Park.

One can still see remnants of the 1982 World's Fair in the Sunsphere, a rising structure topped with a gold sphere which dots Knoxville's skyline, however, most of the other structures from the Fair were removed to create a large city park which attracts families, students, and artists on weekends and sunny days. The World's Fair brought a lot of attention and development to the city, including high-rise office structures, and the four-star Hilton, Crowne Plaza and Marriott hotels.

Knoxville is home to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, but the city seems dominated by the University of Tennessee Volunteers (men only) and Lady Volunteers athletics. The basketball teams play in the 21,000+ seat Thompson Boling Arena, and the nationally recognized football team plays in Neyland Stadium, one of the largest on-campus stadiums in the world at 103,000 seating capacity. During the fall you will find plenty of orange in the foliage, but you will see Big Orange year round with the people of Knoxville.

The city is also the home or birthplace of a number of cultural figures, such as authors Cormac McCarthy, James Agee, and Alex Haley, and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who mentions the city in all of his films (remember the watch in Pulp Fiction?) The Everly Brothers attended high school here and began performing on radio in Knoxville. Dolly Parton began her career in Knoxville. Senator Howard Baker, actor David Keith, film director Clarence Brown and opera singer Mary Costa, better known as the voice of Disney's Sleeping Beauty, are all from the Knoxville area. Less culturally - actor, stunt double, comedian and all-around daredevil Philip John Clapp aka Johnny Knoxville is from the city.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

McGhee Tyson Airport (IATA: TYS) is serviced by:

  • American Eagle, +1 800 433-7300, [51].
  • Comair, +1 800 354-9822, [52].
  • Delta Air Lines, +1 800 221-1212, [53].
  • United Express, +1 800 241-6522, [54].

The following cities are serviced non-stop from Knoxville by air: Atlanta (ATL), Charlotte (CLT), Chicago (ORD),Cincinnati (CVG), Cleveland (CLE), Dallas (DFW), Denver (DEN), Detroit (DTW), Houston (IAH), Memphis (MEM), Minneapolis (MSP), New York (LGA), Newark (EWR), Orlando (MCO), Philadelphia (PHL), Washington (DCA), Washington (IAD).

By car[edit]

Southbound Interstate 75 and westbound Interstate 40 converge in the middle of Knoxville via Interstate 275 and run concurrently through western Knoxville. I-75 and I-40 split at the western edge of Knox County.

By bus[edit]

  • Greyhound, 100 East Magnolia Avenue, +1 800 231-2222, [55]. National bus service.

By boat[edit]

The Tennessee Rivers run through Knoxville and is accessible by personal watercraft. Many boaters routinely navigate the Tennessee River for both pleasure and travel.

Get around[edit]

Although parking is usually easy to come by in most of the city, it may be mildly difficult at times to locate adequate parking downtown and around the University of Tennessee. Walking is convenient downtown, but in other areas, most major roads are not amenable to pedestrians or bicyclists. In the outer areas of the city, because bus service is infrequent and some places don't have sidewalks, traveling by car is the way to go.

Public transportation[edit]

  • Knoxville Area Transit, or KAT [56]. KAT runs a bus service throughout the City of Knoxville and parts of Knox County. Unfortunately, most KAT bus stops are served on an hourly interval, so exploring Knoxville via KAT bus is somewhat difficult. However, the recent opening of an ultra-modern Downtown Station bus terminal should greatly improve public transportation within the city. All KAT buses are equipped with flip down bicycle racks and many are powered by biodiesel or other alternative fuels. KAT operates special routes for some events, a downtown trolley service, and bus services for the University of Tennessee.
  • Knoxville Trolley Lines [57]. The trolley runs several free downtown and University routes during business hours and one "Late Line" route on Friday and Saturday nights during the University of Tennessee fall and spring semesters. Most daytime stops are served on ten to twenty minute intervals.

Biking and walking[edit]

Knoxville is slowly building a paved greenway system [58] that allows cyclists and pedestrians to travel into downtown from nearby suburbs such as Sequoyah Hills and Island Home.

  • Bearden Village [59]/ Third Creek Greenway [60]: Beginning at Bearden Elementary School on Kingston Pike, the Third Creek Trail parallels Sutherland Avenue as it follows Third Creek's wooded path. When the trail ends at Neyland Drive, pedestrians and cyclists can continue on the Neyland Greenway [61] to access Volunteer Landing, the stadium, and parts of the University of Tennessee campus. A spur of the Neyland Greenway connects to the World's Fair Park near Neyland Stadium.
  • Sequoyah Greenway [62] Technically, the Sequoyah Greenway is a gravel walking/running path located in the median of Cherokee Boulevard, the main road of one of Knoxville's wealthiest neighborhoods. However, cycling the broad boulevard roadway is a pleasant and reasonably safe ride for a casual or serious cyclist. Keep right and most automobiles will have more than enough room to pass you safely. Sequoyah Hills Park [63] and the Tennessee River parallel much of the boulevard's southern side, and the park is a wonderful place to stop for a picnic. The northern side of the street is lined with stately homes. Much of the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood is pedestrian friendly, so be sure to explore a few of the leafy side streets. The trail is accessible at several parking areas along the boulevard, and at the Laurel Church of Christ parking lot (use the crosswalk at the intersection of Cherokee Boulevard and Kingston Pike.) A spur of the Third Creek Greenway leads to the Laurel Church parking lot. Be advised that this spur is extremely steep and not in the best repair. Bicyclists may need to dismount and small children will need lots of help.
  • Jean Teague Greenway [64]: Beginning at West Hills Elementary School and terminating at West End Church of Christ, the Jean Teague Greenway is an ideal trail for walkers and families with young children. As the trail passes through West Hills/John Bynon park, it divides to form a loop and winds around numerous athletic fields and playgrounds. Near its midpoint, the trail crosses Winston Road near the YMCA. Parking is available at the elementary school when school is not in session, at the park entrance on Winston Road, and at West End Church of Christ on East Walker Springs Lane. Those wishing to continue on to the Cavet Station Greenway may do so by exiting the church parking lot and traveling westbound on East Walker Springs Lane.
  • Cavet Station Greenway [65]: The Cavet Station Greenway follows the heavily traveled Gallaher View Road from the intersection of East Walker Springs Road to Middlebrook Pike. Although this may someday be a useful link between greenways, it is a less than idyllic experience for a recreational biker. Nearby residents do seem to make use of it as a convenient exercise path for jogging. A sidewalk is on the opposite side of Gallaher View, and there is a cross walk at the intersection of Walker Springs Road. A Wal-Mart and Sam's Club are located just off of the western side of Gallaher View Road.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Avenue. [66] Features a range of local & national African-American history exhibits & artifacts. Open Tu-Sa 10-6.
  • Bleak House, 3148 Kingston Pike. [67] Antebellum Classical Revival house also known as Confederate Memorial Hall. Open W, F 1-3.30.
  • Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Avenue. [68] Built in 1792. Home of William Blount, the only governor of the southwest territory. Open Tu-F 9.30-5, Sa 9.30-2.
  • Candy Factory, 1060 World’s Fair Park Drive. Currently undergoing conversion to condominiums, but still hosts a fully-functioning candy store. White chocolate dipped strawberries (fresh daily) are a treat for Valentine's Day.
  • Crescent Bend House & Gardens, 2728 Kingston Pike. [69] Also known as the Armstrong-Lockett House. Open W-F 10-4, Sa 10-2.
  • Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture, 1715 Volunteer Boulevard. [70] Changing exhibits of art by undergraduate and graduate students. Free. Open M-Th 10-5, F 10-5.30, Su 1-4.
  • Farragut Folklife Museum, 11408 Municipal Center Drive. [71] Artifacts and photographs tell the history of the Farragut and Concord communities, including the town's namesake, Admiral David Glasgow Farragut. Open M-F 10-4.30.
  • Fort Sanders neighborhood. A multitude of Victorian-era houses.
  • Frank H. McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive, [1]. The McClung Museum, located on the campus of University of Tennessee, is a museum of natural history and culture. In addition to permanent exhibits on the Civil War, human evolution, geology, Tennessee natural history, Native Peoples of Tennessee, and Ancient Egypt, the museum has temporary exhibits on a variety of topics. The museum is free and open to the public and is conveniently located near Neyland Stadium and the basketball arena. Free parking is available on Circle Park Drive--visitors should simply ask for a two-hour parking pass from the Visitor's kiosk at the entry to Circle Park Drive. Open M-Sa 9-5, Su 1-5. Free.  edit
  • Gay Street. The main drag in downtown Knoxville, home to a number of shops, a movie theater, and restaurants. Mast General Store, featuring clothing, sports equipment and southern Americana is very popular.
  • Girl Scout Museum at Daisy’s Place, 1567 Downtown West Boulevard. [72]
  • James White’s Fort, 205 E. Hill Avenue. [73] A museum highlighted by the original 1786 residence of James White, the founder of Knoxville. Open M-Sa 9.30-5.
  • Joseph B. Wolffe Gallery, 1914 Andy Holt Boulevard. Home of the R. Tait McKenzie sculpture collections, which includes medals, statuettes, and bas-reliefs. Known as the "sculptor of athletes," Canadian-born McKenzie is best known for his passion for sports excellence. Open M-F 8-5. Free.
  • Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive, [74] The successor to the Dulin Gallery of Art, housed in an Edward Larrabee Barnes-designed jewel since 1990. Open Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 1-5.
  • Mabry-Hazen House, 1711 Dandridge Avenue. [75] Constructed in 1858 for Joseph Alexander Mabry II as Pine Hill Cottage. Also known as the Evelyn Hazen House or the Joseph Alexander Mabry Jr. House. Open M-F 11-5, Sa 10-3.
  • Marble Springs, 1220 W. Governor John Sevier Hwy. [76] Home of John Sevier, first governor of Tennessee. Open W-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5.
  • Market Square. [77] A small, historic downtown square, home to dining, retail, a twice weekly farmer's market, and special events. Market Square takes its name from the Market House that once stood at its center. Farmers from surrounding areas would bring their wagons into Knoxville's Market House to sell their wares. Today the square is full of interesting little shops and restaurants. Entering the the southern end of the square from Union Avenue, one may pass the bell from the old Market House as well as a statue commemorating Tennessee's role in the fight for women's suffrage. Dotted with benches and tables, Market Square is a lovely place to spend a few hours browsing the shops, dining with friends, or watching children play in the small fountain. A lucky square patron may happen upon anything from a pair of cellists playing Beatles songs to an ice cream give away. Unless an event is taking place in the downtown area, parking at the Market Street garage (on Walnut) is free on weeknights after six pm and all day on weekends. Event parking is usually five dollars.
  • Museum of East Tennessee History, 601 S. Gay Street, [2]. The East Tennessee Historical Society off Market Square has a new and fascinating museum about the history of the area, from Native Americans through Davy Crockett, the Revolutionary War, industrialization (the city was once called the Underwear Capital of the World), the Civil War, and modern history, including the role of the area in producing the first atomic bomb. Open M-F 9-4, Sa 10-4, Su 1-5.  edit
  • Old City. [78] A lot of interesting architecture and a chief nightlife spot. Lots of bars and pubs for every taste.
  • Ramsey House, 2614 Thorngrove Pike. [79] Built in 1797. Open W-Sa 10-4.
  • Sunsphere, 810 W. Clinch Avenue. [80] A modernistic monument built for the 1982 World's Fair. The observation deck is open daily April - October 9AM - 10PM and November - March 11AM - 6PM. There is no admission charge.
  • Visit Knoxville, 301 S. Gay Street. [81] Open M-F 8.30-5, Sa 9-5, Su 1-5.
  • Volunteer Landing. [82] Knoxville's riverwalk along the Tennessee River, complete with large, splashing fountains that were purposefully designed for you to play in! The Three Rivers Rambler operates from this location, taking visitors to the headwaters of the Tennessee River on this traditional, coal-fired train. Open 6.00A-midnight.
  • Westwood, 3425 Kingston Pike. [83] Also known as the Adelia Armstrong Lutz House, the house was built in 1890 by John Lutz and his wife, artist Adelia Armstrong Lutz, on land given to them by Adelia's father, Robert H. Armstrong. Open M-F 10-4.
  • Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, 700 S. Hall of Fame Drive. [84] Opened in 1999, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame honors those who have contributed to the sport of women's basketball. Open M-Sa 10-5.
  • World's Fair Park. [85] Site of the 1982 World's Fair Park and adjacent to the Knoxville Convention Center. Large, kid-friendly fountains. A big hit in the summer months.

Do[edit][add listing]


  • The Smoky Mountains. Knoxville is located only 30 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the largest protected areas in the United States. With its ancient beauty and diversity of plant and animal life, the Smokies are a hiker's paradise with over 800 miles of trails. The park and surrounding park areas offer a host of activities, including camping, fishing, auto touring, horseback riding, sightseeing, and more. If you enjoy bicycling, visit Cades Cove Loop Road, an 11 mile one way road surrounded by stunning landscapes and closeup viewing of wildlife and 19th century homesites.
  • House Mountain State Natural Area. The House Mountain State Natural Area consists of 525 acres (2.12 km2) managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Knox County Parks & Recreation. The Trust for Public Land purchased the plot in 1985 and sold it to the state of Tennessee in 1987. An interpretive kiosk, picnic facilities, and approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) of trails were constructed in the early 1990s. The park gets quite busy during the "nicer" months of the year.
  • Fishing The Tennessee River's bass producing waters feature an abundance of fishing opportunities. From the lower end of Pickwick, legendary for world-class smallmouth fishing, the river pours through a powerful tailwater before winding many miles until backing into the Kentucky Lake basin. Kentucky Lake, covering 164,000 acres (109,000 in Tennessee), is legendary for its largemouth bass fishing. Whether you enjoy pure river fishing, open-reservoir structure fishing or casting to cover in creeks or backwaters, there's a Tennessee fishing experience waiting for you.
  • Motorcycling Living in the Knoxville area puts you near America's number one motorcycle road: The Tail of the Dragon. If 318 curves over 11 miles sounds a little too exciting, enjoy the area's many other roadways. Loop through Smoky Mountain National Park or follow the backbone of the Appalachian Mountains on the Blue Ridge Parway.
  • Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue, (865) 577-4717, [3]. A 275-acre large park and wildlife preserve, Ijams has hiking trails, educational activities, and events about stewardship, local flora and fauna, and more.  edit
  • The University of Tennessee (UT) Gardens. The UT Gardens have been open to the public at no charge every day year-round since 1982. The UT Gardens now serve an estimated 50,000 visitors annually. Over 1,000 woody plants are under long term observation and 2,000 varieties of annual herbaceous plants comprise the primary collections of this 12-acre urban public garden in Knoxville, Tennessee. Hours are 9AM - 6PM on Saturday and 11AM - 5PM on Sunday. Annual Bloomsdays [86], email [email protected] or call 865-525-4555. The Friends of the University of Tennessee Gardens, an 800-member nonprofit [email protected] organization founded in 1992,advocates, promotes, and raises funds for the Gardens from citizens on the university campus, in the community, and across the state. For additional information, call the Friends at 865-525-4555, visit or email [email protected]
  • Knoxville Zoo, 3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive (Off 1-40 near Cherry Street), [4]. A nice but smallish zoo with 800 animals and a lot of success breeding red pandas. There's also a reptile center and kids play area.  edit
  • A-Affordable Jet Ski Rentals, LLC, 956 Volunteer Landing Ln, 865-934-9411, [5]. Jet Ski rentals in downtown Knoxville. Offering new and fuel efficent Yamaha jet skis. Located at Volunteer Landing Marina.  edit


  • The Tennessee Volunteers [87] and Lady Vols [88] – The Tennessee Vols and Tennessee Lady Vols are an integral part of the Knoxville lifestyle. Game after game over 100,000 Tennessee football fans pack Neyland Stadium to cheer on their favorite football team. Neyland Stadium first came to life in 1921 as Shields-Watkins Field with 17 rows seating 3200. Over the course of more than 80 years Neyland Stadium has become one of the country's most popular college stadiums. You'll know why when you hear the roar of the Tennessee fans and feel the energy that fills the stadium at every game! After the football team, the most storied team on campus is the Lady Vols basketball team, perennial national championship contenders.
  • College football (Tennessee Volunteers), 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way, Suite 200, 800-332-VOLS, [6]. See traditional college football power, the University of Tennessee play at 102,000 seat Neyland Stadium, one of the largest stadiums in college football. ~$45 and up.  edit
  • College Basketball (Tennessee Volunteers and Lady Vols), 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way, Suite 200, 800-332-VOLS, [7]. Watch the University of Tennessee's men's basketball team, one of the most successful in the country during recent years in the second largest on campus arena in the country. Or watch Pat Summitt's Lady Vols, one of the most successful teams in all of American women's sports. ~$10-$70.  edit
  • Minor League Baseball (Tennessee Smokies), 3540 Line Drive, Kodak, [8]. Watch the AA level Tennessee Smokies play their Southern League rivals at the recently built Smokies Park. They are an affiliate of the Major League's Chicago Cubs and the park even serves Old Style beer, a Chicago staple. $7-$12.  edit
  • Ice Hockey (Knoxville Ice Bears), 500 Howard Baker Avenue, (865) 525-PUCK, [9]. Watch this Southern Professional Hockey League and three time champion battle their rivals for the Commissioner's and President's Cups at the James White Civic Coliseum. $12-$29.  edit
  • Rugby (Knoxville Rugby Club), 9435 College St, Strawberry Plains, [10]. Come see the amusingly named Possums of Knoxville play in the second Division of the USA Rugby South Territory. Free.  edit

Theatre and music[edit]

  • The Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street.[89] In addition to being housed in Knoxville’s fourth oldest building, the Bijou Theatre has an atmosphere that’s perfect for live music and the performing arts. Many performers and music fans consider the Bijou the best-sounding room in Knoxville. Tennessee Shines[90] is a radio show broadcast live from the Bijou the last Wednesday of each month. Sponsored by WDVX[91], the show celebrates Appalachian and other genres of American music.
  • The Black Box Theatre, 5213 Homberg Drive, +1-865-584-0990 [92]. The Black Box is the performance space of the Actor's Co-Op, a community theatre company, and it often features the work of MFA candidates from UT's graduate theatre program. Shows at the Black Box range from children's plays produced by the apprentice company to provocative productions intended for mature audiences only.
  • The Clarence Brown Theatre, 1714 Andy Holt Avenue.[93] CBT is a professional LORT theatre affiliated with the University of Tennessee. Shows produced at the CBT feature undergraduate theatre students, MFA theatre candidates, and professional actors and directors.
  • Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, 500 Howard Baker Jr. Avenue.[94] Houses a variety of concerts and sports events including the Knoxville Ice Bears.
  • The Laurel Theatre, 1538 Laurel Avenue.[95] In the heart of the historic Fort Sanders neighborhood, this former church has been transformed into an intimate venue for music, theater and dance.
  • The Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay Street.[96] The beautiful Tennessee Theatre is located downtown. Originally constructed in 1927, it was fully renovated and reopened in January of 2005. Past performances include the Knoxville Symphony, John Legend, Alison Krauss and Union Station, David Sedaris, Savion Glover, Lily Tomlin. They also screen classic movies.

Festivals & events[edit]

  • Dogwood Arts Festival
  • Greek Fest
  • Rossini Festival
  • Honda Hoot
  • Kumba Festival
  • Knoxville Lindy Exchange
  • Christmas in the City
  • Blooms Days Garden Festival and Marketplace, University of Tennessee Gardens on Neyland Drive


  • University of Tennessee. A public land-grant doctoral-degree granting university. The campus is near downtown.
  • Knoxville College. A small, historically African-American college.
  • University of Tennessee Trial Gardens. Located just off Neyland Drive behind the UT Veterinary Hospital on the UT Institute of Agriculture campus.

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Major Shopping Complexes[edit]

  • West Town Mall, 7600 Kingston Pike (Located a few miles west of downtown Knoxville at the West Hills interchange. Exit 380 off I-40/75.), [11]. West Town is the more upscale of Knoxville's two malls and is anchored by Belk, Dillards, Sears, Belk, and JCPenny. West Town contains a food court and most traditional "mall" stores. The Centre at Deane Hill (located across Morrell Road, east of the mall) contains a PetSmart, Kohls, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Food City, and numerous smaller stores and restaurants.  edit
  • Knoxville Center, 3001 Knoxville Center Drive (In the northeastern part of the city off of I-640, Exit 8.), [12]. Most locals still refer to Knoxville Center by its former name, East Towne Mall, if not from habit, then for geographical clarity. Knoxville Center contains a food court, movie theater, numerous small to midsize stores, and is anchored by Sears, JCPenny, Belk, and Dillards. Surrounding shopping centers include Sams Club, Walmart, Carmike Cinema 10, Lowes, Home Depot, Kohls and Target.  edit
  • Turkey Creek, Parkside Drive, [13]. A "Lifestyle Center" containing many different restaurants, clothing stores, a very large movie theater (Regal Cinemas Pinnacle Theater 18.) Large retailers include Wal-Mart, Super Target, Old Navy, and Belk.  edit

Downtown shopping[edit]

  • Market Square, [97]. The shops in and around Market Square include several locally owned clothing and home accessories boutiques. In addition, the square is often home to vendors during events such as the Dogwood Arts Festival.
    • Market Square Farmer's Market, +1 865 405-3135, [98]. Harking back to the square's original function, the Market Square District Association hosts a farmer's market each Wednesday (11AM-2PM) and Saturday (9AM-1PM.)
    • Indigo, 327 Union Avenue, +1 865 525-8788, [99]
    • Reruns, 2 Market Square, +1 865 525-9525
    • Earth to Old City, 22 Market Square, +1 865 522-8270, [100].
    • Bliss, 24 Market Square, +1 865 329-8868, [101].
    • Village Market Place, 32 Market Square, +1 865 541-5050.
    • Vagabondia, 27 Market Square, +1 865 525-4842, [102].
    • Bliss Home, 29 Market Square, +1 865 673-6711, [103].
    • And more!
  • Gay Street. Once the center of life in Knoxville, Gay Street is slowly becoming a destination for shopping and socializing. Mast General Store and Yee-Haw industries make up the limited but hopefully growing retail. At the north end of Gay Street, The Emporium Center for the Arts contains studios of local artists and gallery space. The visitors' center (located on the corner of Gay and Summit Hill), the East Tennessee History Center, and Blount Mansion also have gift shops with souvenirs and local products.  edit
  • The Old City.  edit
    • The Old City is home to furniture stores, quirky boutiques and the like.


  • McKay Used Books & CDs, 230 Papermill Place Way, [14]. A warehouse-sized extravaganza of cheap, used books, CDs, DVDs, videos, audiobooks, CD-ROMs, and video games. As well as shopping, you can sell your used items for cash or store credit.  edit
  • Carpe Librum, 5113 Kingston Pike # A, +1-865-588-8080, [15].  edit
  • Book Eddy, 2537 Chapman Highway, +1-888-303-0990, [16]. A large selection of used books and LPs, predominantly from estate sales. Excellent quality, with neighborly felines to pet while reading.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Knoxville has plenty of restaurants with many being local and farm to table. Market Square, Gay St, Old City (along Central St and Jackson Ave) and the surrounding areas have many local restaurants. "The Strip" along Cumberland Ave, on the North side of the University of Tennessee, has many restaurants with many being larger chain, franchise restaurants. There are also several restaurants along the Tennessee River, south of Downtown.

  • Naples(Italian).  edit
  • La Fiesta(Mexican).  edit


Knoxville has most typical fast-food chains in one or more places around town.

  • Petro's, [17]. Petro's was founded in Knoxville during the energy-themed 1982 World's Fair. The petro consists of corn chips, chili, cheese, green onions, tomatoes, and sour cream, and it comes in beef, chicken, and vegetarian varieties. It goes well with Petro's Hint-of-Orange Iced Tea.  edit
  • M&M Catering, 1039 Summer wood Rd, +1-865-692-1003 (fax: +1-865-531-3048), [18]. For melt-in-your-mouth barbeque, go to this small cement block setup, open daily.  edit
  • Elidio's Pizza, 6714 Central Ave Pike, +1-865-687-1002. Great New York-style pizza and other Italian offerings.  edit
  • Jumbo Buffet, 7430 Chapman Highway (From downtown, cross the Gay Street bridge, turn right 1 block then left onto Chapman Highway (US 441). Drive 5.7 miles to the Super Wal-Mart shopping center on the left. The restaurant is in the rightmost storefront.), +1-865-609-3688, [19]. Choose from the menu or all-you-can-eat buffet. The buffet includes the hibachi grill where you choose fresh raw ingredients and they cook it while you watch. Hot buffet items include several soup choices, tempora-battered chicken, stuffed mushrooms, deep-fried chicken wings, mayonnaise shrimp (highly recommended), beef and broccoli, jalepeno/hot shrimp, lo-mein, General Tso's chicken, sauteed mushrooms, pot stickers, broiled salmon (highly recommended), and crab legs (on holidays). Cold buffet items include shrimp sushi, raw oysters (some days), salad, and hard-boiled eggs (halves). Dessert buffet items include almond cookies, macaroons, and ice cream. $6-12.  edit
  • Great American Steak and Buffet, 900 Merchants Drive (Go I-75 North to the first exit beyond the I-640 Loop, turn left off the ramp, then go about one-quarter of a mile. The restaurant is on the left.), +1-865-687-8773, [20]. An incredible selection of homestyle food on the buffet, including a grill and large salad bar. $10-12.  edit


  • Aubrey's, [21]. Fresh seafood, steaks, and salads. Voted "Best of Knoxville" in the Knoxville-News Sentinel.  edit
  • Calhoun's, 6515 Kingston Pike, 400 Neyland Drive, and 10020 Kingston Pike, [22]. Voted as serving the best ribs in all of America, Calhoun's offers what they call a "taste of Tennessee". Calhoun's also operates a microbrewery at each of their locations.  edit
  • The Chop House, (Many locations throughout the city.), [23]. A Knoxville favorite for great steaks and chops in a warm, friendly environment.  edit
  • Connors Steak & Seafood, [24]. Fresh seafood and dry-aged steaks.  edit
  • Downtown Grill and Brewery, 424 S Gay Street, [25]. 11:00-24:00 daily. Big, stylish microbrewery on two floors with huge copper brewers' tanks in the center. Upscale pub fare -- steaks, seafood, sandwiches and fry ups, as well as the tasty house-brand beers. $15-25 including a drink, free Wifi.  edit
  • El Charro, (Three locations in Knoxville.). Purportedly has the best salsa in town.  edit
  • Gourmet Market, 5107 Kingston Pike, +1 865 584-8739, [26].  edit
  • Litton's Restaurant, 2803 Essary Drive NE. Some of the best burgers that can be found in Tennessee, and their patties have a remarkably robust and well balanced flavor that is almost sweet. All baked goods are prepared fresh daily in-store by a team of bakers who arrive to prepare the day's goodies before first light. The Tuesday lunch special is fried chicken, broccoli casserole, and banana pudding. Their red velvet cake is simply the best, and their "dinner plate" chocolate chip and sugar cookies (literally the size of small dinner plates) are not to be missed.  edit
  • Mahogany's Restaurant, 401 W. Summit Hill Drive, 865-522-2600, [27]. Mahagony's menu features steaks, seafood, and pastas by chef Tom Ortman. Visit Friday night for the Prime Rib and Seafood Buffet.  edit
  • Nama's, (Off of Kingston Pike.). One of the better sushi joints in Knoxville. $10-20.  edit
  • Puleo's Grille, (At the junction of I-40/75 and Cedar Bluff Road in West Knoxville.). The only place in Knoxville (and probably the state) where you can begin a meal with fried green tomatoes with cheese grits and two kinds of sausage gravy and top off the evening with a glass of white wine and a cannoli.  edit
  • Quaker Steak and Lube, 5616 Merchants Center Blvd (Go I-75 North to the first exit beyond the I-640 Loop, turn left off the ramp, then right at the traffic light beside Red Lobster. The restaurant is behind Red Lobster.), +1-865-687-0399, [28]. This is an automotive/racing-themed restaurant. All-you-can-eat chicken wings are served every day at lunch and Tuesday dinner. Choose bone-in or boneless wings for each re-order, and there are at least 20 different flavors to try! There is an extensive menu besides, with several signature items. There is a bar on the first floor, so families are generally seated on the second floor. Televisions are on every wall playing sporting events. $10-20.  edit
  • Smoky Mountain Brewery, 11308 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN 37934-1971, +1-865-288-5500‎, [29]. 11:00-00:30 Su-Th, 11:00-1:30 F-Sa. A restaurant and brewery in western Knoxville. (35.899584,-84.160058) edit
  • Three Rivers market (Knoxville's Community Food Co-op), 1100 N. Central St., 865-525-2069 (), [30]. 8AM - 9PM, Daily. Three Rivers Market is a natural foods grocery store, focusing on organic and local, with a great hot food bar serving daily seasonal menus. We also have a full service deli case, a fresh sushi counter, and a grab-and-go case with drinks, sandwiches, wraps, and cupcakes from Magpie's Bakery!  edit
  • Trio, 13 Market Square, +1-865-246-2270, [31]. Trio's menu takes a multiple choice approach to salads with an order card of ingredients and a pen to tick of the items you'd like tossed with your greens. Tasty sandwiches and a handful of entrees round out the lunch and dinner options. Breakfast is decidedly eggy with a choice of several types of omelets and Eggs Benedict. Coffee and pastries are available all day. $6-9, free WiFi.  edit
  • Tomato Head, 12 Market Square, +1-865-637-4067, [32]. M-Su for lunch, Tu-Su for dinner. The Tomato Head is a favorite restaurant of many locals. They have fabulous (and veggie friendly) salads,sandwiches, pizza, and calzones.  edit
  • Table Fifteen, 11383 Parkside Drive, +1-865-675-1721, [33]. Table Fifteen is more of a wine bar than and eaterie, but nevertheless they do have some great menu items (eclectic pizzas, standard entrees, etc.) to complement their extensive wine offering. Gets a bit crowded in the evenings, but worth a visit. [This restaurant has been closed since Spring 2010.] [Cru is now open at that location.] $10-16.  edit
  • Cru Bistro & Wine Bar, 11383 Parkside Drive (Pinnacle at Turkey Creek), 865-671-6612, [34]. 11-11. The menu at Cru represents both new and exotic flavors as well as beautifully executed yet familiar selections for one and all to enjoy. The chef-inspired small plates menu encourages those with curious palates to explore and experience a wine variety of foods and an extensive selections of global wines by the glass, the flight, or the bottle. $7 - $15. (35d54'02N,84d09'34W) edit
  • Chuy's (Mexican).  edit


  • Baker Peters Jazz Club, 9000 Kingston Pike, +1-865-690-8110‎, [35]. This jazz club has live music and good food. Its alcohol selection focuses on wine, but it also has a reasonable beer selection, and also cigars. (35.912585,-84.081974) edit
  • King Tut's Grill, 4132 Martin Mill Pike (From downtown, cross the Gay Street bridge, turn right 1 block then left onto Chapman Highway (US 441). Drive 1.5 miles to Young High Pike and turn right at the traffic light (beside the Kroger shopping center). Go to the end of the road, turn right. The restaurant sits on the right at the next intersection.), +1-865-573-6021. They have an extensive menu ranging from a simple Greek Salad to an Egyptian Sampler Platter. The owner (Moe) is a real "cut-up" who will entertain you while you eat. Be prepared to become part of the entertainment. Before the meal is through, you might end up wearing a Marti Gras head mask or putting words into the mouth of the talking deer-head trophy. Take your camera and be prepared to have a lot of fun! $10-50.  edit
  • Naples. The city's best stop for Italian food, with nightly specials designed in-house by award-winning chefs. Try not to fight over the cannoli and Seafood Goddess salads.  edit
  • Restaurant Linderhof, [36]. Excellent German fare.  edit
  • Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 950 Volunteer Landing Lane, Knoxville, TN 37915, +1-865-546-4696 (fax: +1-865-521-0642), [37]. M-Th 17:00-21:30, F-Sa 16:30-22:00, Sunday 16:00-21:00. Excellent steaks, among other things. (35.962081,-83.911997) edit
  • The Orangery. Open since 1971, with live piano every evening, this restaurant serves outstanding continental fare.  edit
  • Ye Olde Steakhouse, 6838 Chapman Highway (Five miles south of the Henley Street Bridge from Downtown Knoxville), +1-865-577-9328, [38]. 4:30 - 9PM / 9:30PM on F Sa. Ye Olde Steak House racks up Best Steak House in Knoxville awards every year, but its fame extends far beyond the city limits. It's one of Knoxville's oldest and most popular restaurant, family-owned since 1968. $30 - $50.  edit
  • Altruda's, 125 N Peters Rd, +1-865-690-6144, [39]. Su-Th 17:00-22:00, F-Sa 17:00-23:00. Traditional Italian eatery for pasta, seafood & meat amid a makeshift wooden hut façade & ivy vines.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Market Square and the Old City house a number of bars, probably too many to list here. Below are a few popular locations in those areas and elsewhere.

  • Barley's, 200 East Jackson Avenue (Old City), (), [40]. 48 drafts. Concerts on weekends. Pizzas. Billiard Room.  edit
  • Downtown Grill & Brewery, 424 S. Gay Street (Downtown), +1-865-633-8111, [41]. Great bar and grill on Historic Gay Street in downtown Knoxville. Good selection of beers brewed on site. Standard pub fare. Pool tables, television, and live music. Front and back patios. Popular with locals.  edit
  • Fort Sanders Yacht Club, 721 S 17th Street (next to the intersection of Cumberland Avenue (the Strip) and 17th Street. Close to the UT campus.), [42]. Really interesting place from a perspective of European traveler, a bar full of old 25-cent arcade games (more than ten machines like Donkey Kong, Street Fighter II, Mario Bros) plus cheap beer (different kinds) especially on Tuesdays. Smoking only outside, on a funny small patio. Great, relaxed atmosphere.  edit]
  • Patrick Sullivan's Steakhouse and Saloon, (Old City), [43]. Opened in 1888, one of the most popular places in the Old City. Often good live music and lots of beer. There's also a cool, laid-back Back Room bar with horseshoes.  edit
  • Union Jacks, 124 Northshore Drive, +1-865-584-5161. Low key pub scene, far from centre.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Crowne Plaza, 401 W. Summit Hill Drive, +1-865-522-2600, [44].  edit


  • Craigslist room rentals starting at $375 all inclusive of all utilities.
  • Super 8 by Wyndham Sevierville Riverside, 1410 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Sevierville, TN 37876, +1-+865-280-0950, [45]. beds for as low as $36-38 per night for either single or shared with 1 other person.  edit
  • Days Inn by Wyndham Apple Valley Pigeon Forge/Sevierville, 1410 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Sevierville, TN 37876, +1-++865-280-1287, [46]. beds for as low as $36-38 per night for either single or shared with 1 other person.  edit
  • Days Inn by Wyndham Knoxville West, 9240 Park West Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37923, +1-++865-973-9319, [47]. beds for as low as $42-44 per night for either single or shared with 1 other person.  edit


  • Hilton Garden Inn West/Cedar Bluff, 216 Peregrine Way (Located Just minutes from downtown and the University of Tennessee within walking distance to restaurants/shopping), +1-865-690-6511, [48]. Free parking, full service grill (breakfast, made-to-order omelettes), room service, indoor pool, outdoor whirlpool, complimentary wireless, 24hr business center, and 1,450 of divisible meeting and banquet space ..  edit
  • Hampton Inns and Suites, 618 West Main Street (Located downtown.), +1-865-522-5400, [49]. Free parking in parking garage..  edit
  • MainStay Suites, 144 Merchant Drive, +1-865-247-0222, [50]. Extended-stay hotel with weekly housekeeping service, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, fully equipped kitchens, microwaves, refrigerators, pillow-top mattresses, and cable TV. Some rooms have work desks, sofa sleepers and balconies.  edit


There are two Hiltons (One at the airport, one downtown), The Crowne Plaza and The Radison downtown.

Stay safe[edit]

In general, Knoxville is a relatively safe city. Practice the same precautions you would in any other mid-sized American city -- for example, lock your car and don't leave valuables sitting in plain view in your car. Low-income areas downtown should be traversed carefully. Avoid the area around University and Fifth. You don't even want to go there after dark. This is not at the University of Tennessee. Be careful where you park in the "Old City" area. It's right next to the mission district.

Get out[edit]

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Gatlinburg. About an hour's drive.
  • Chattanooga. About two hours' drive to the home of the Tennessee Aquarium.
  • The Museum of Appalachia in Norris, [104]. About 30 minutes north of Knoxville up I75. See how settlers in Southern Appalachia lived. This area was once "the Wild West". The museum features pioneer artifacts and authentic buildings. There are special events in the spring, the Christmas season, and the Fourth of July (anvil shoot!).
  • Oak Ridge, Manhattan Project site and host of the annual Secret City Festival.
  • Maryville is a small college town half an hour south of Knoxville.

Routes through Knoxville
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