Take Your Pick Of Oliver Itineraries
With so much to see and experience in Knoxville, we’ve taken the liberty of whittling the lists down to some of our all-time favorites. Take your pick of our thoughtfully curated itineraries for foodies, families, outdoor adventurers and those for whom there are never enough concerts, art exhibits and cultural diversions.
For foodies or those who simply love a great meal, Knoxville serves up farm-to-fork fare and kicked up Southern classics crafted by talented young chefs. Visit Roaminghunger.com to find realtime locations of Knoxville’s favorite food trucks, or catch them at the Farmer's Market (300 West Depot Street) every 3rd Thursday at 6pm. Craving farm-raised produce, fresh herbs and seasonal jams? Head to the Market Square Farmers' Market for a more open-air experience each Wednesday and Saturday from May to November. If you’d rather have a liquid lunch, hit the Knoxville Ale Trail or let Knox Brew Tours chauffeur you around town to sample local suds. Knox Whiskey Works (516 W Jackson Ave), the city’s first (legal) distillery producing corn whiskey, coffee and herbal liqueur, and barrel-aged bourbon and gin.
A great city for families, Knoxville is fun, vibrant, and has a huge range of exciting places for kids to enjoy. The Muse Art and Science Center (516 North Beaman Street) is packed with hands-on exhibits, a planetarium and plenty of space to play, learn and discover. Book a ride aboard the Three Rivers Rambler (2560 University Commons Way) on Saturdays to enjoy a 90-minute train ride past historical sites along the Tennessee River. About 30 minutes away, Dollywood (2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd Pigeon Forge) is a great family-friendly attraction with roller coasters, kiddie rides, craft shops, train rides and an action packed water park. Perfect for a day trip, pack a picnic and head to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (US-441 Gatlinburg) and experience some of the most scenic hiking and biking trails in the world.
If you love architecture, pick up one of our walking maps for a self-guided walking tour of downtown Knoxville’s historic buildings. The Tennessee Theater (604 S. Gay St.) is a storied spot for concerts against the backdrop of Moorish interiors and crystal chandeliers. Across the street, don’t miss the East Tennessee History Center (601 S. Gay St.), where exhibits and artifacts tell a compelling story of the region’s people and places. (For example, during the Civil War, a divided Knoxville was, by turns, occupied by Confederate and Union armies.) The Knoxville Museum of Art (1050 World’s Fair Park Drive) is a gem inside and out. Clad in locally-quarried pink Tennessee marble, it features exhibits exploring the art and artists of East Tennessee. Admission is free.
Steeped in Tennessee’s rich music history, Knoxville buzzes with live music performed throughout the city. From classical to bluegrass, country to rock, the city is a jukebox full of options. Live music is on the streets, the square and stages of famous venues like the historic Tennessee Theatre (604 S Gay St). Stop by the Knoxville Visitor’s Center (301 South Gay Street) Monday through Saturdays and enjoy the free Blue Plate Special concerts that showcase talent from the Knoxville area and beyond. Take a self-guided Cradle of Country Music walking tour through downtown and discover Knoxville’s role in the making of the “Soundtrack of America.” For more live music Boyd's Jig and Reel (101 South Central Street) has a small stage showcasing southern-infused music (with Irish and Scottish influence). Some excellent bands also frequently perform at the creative Preservation Pub (28 Market Square) and sister venue, Scruffy City Hall (32 Market Square).
From whitewater rafting down Pigeon River to mountain biking up an Appalachian trail, there is no shortage of outdoor adventure along the Smoky Mountain range. River Sports Outfitters (2918 Sutherland Ave) rents boats, bikes and backpacking equipment or local tour operators are available to provide gear and show you the ropes. Panther Creek State Park (2010 Panther Creek Park Rd) offers 17 hiking trails, 7 miles of horseback riding paths and year-round fishing. For a different vantage point, explore elevated trails and fly high above the treetops at Navitat Zipline Park (2915 Island Home Ave).