Knoxville TN Attractions

Knoxville in Tennessee is the hub of cultural, natural, as well as historic highlights. Nestled on the Tennessee River and once known as the ‘little scruffy city’, today this city is witnessing a rapid revival to exhibit a modern look amidst its still alive historical vibes. If you are out to stroll in the evening of any week, you will encounter many like you at the restaurants, sidewalk cafes, clubs, and theaters on the Market Square and Gay Street. Well, if you can recall, 1982 World Fair was held here in its Sunsphere and that it is also the home of Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. So, you can expect a variety of Knoxville TN attractions.

As July and August are very hot, people for sightseeing should avoid those months. The best time to explore Knoxville TN attractions is April, October, or November. Among these, I would say October is the best!

Knoxville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville in Tennessee is just half an hour away from the most celebrated Smoky Mountains National Park that is among the largest reserved sites in America. Besides being the wildlife heaven, it is also a paradise for the hiker who has more than 800 miles of trails to follow. You can also try out camping, horse riding, auto touring, and sightseeing here. Are you a fan of bicycling? Then, explore the Cades Cove Loop Road of 11 miles. Via this one-way road, you can enjoy the impressive landscapes, wildlife viewing with proximity, and home locations.

Within Knoxville, motorcycling is one of the must-to-do Knoxville TN attractions. Explore US’ #1 motorcycle road that is none other than the Tail of the Dragon. In case, if you feel that the path’s over 300 curves on its over 10 miles stretch are very exhilarating, take up the other roadways – Appalachian Mountains.

Maintaining your excitement, the Star of Knoxville Riverboat on the Tennessee River will make you enjoy a boat trip. This is where you can enjoy the different views, sightseeing, lunch, dinner and parties. If you go for a two-hour dinner cruise, you will be able to enjoy live entertainment featuring a unique theme daily.


Visiting Sunsphere is no less than a privilege. Once the site of World Fair, this is a glass ball of gold adorning the city center. It was constructed as the symbolic structure of the fair. There are 26 stories within, while the tangible ball has five levels only. On the same line of dedication, World’s Fair Park is among the most visited Knoxville TN attractions. Why? Its name tells you the reason. Besides, this beautiful park offers many highlights, galleries, shops, and restaurants.

Do take a tour of the Knoxville Zoo for discovering a world of amazement Enjoy watching giraffe, elephants, zebra, gazelles, kudu, waterbuck, and a plethora of birds. If you have children with you, then do definitely take them to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. They will simply love it! Acting as a distinctive educational centre, the museum gives the kids a chance of play-cum-learn experience as they make, explore, and solve the interactive exhibits.

If you want shop, then according to me, you must try the West Town Mall, Market Square, and Turkey Creek. Coming to the eating part here, vegans might get disappointed here, but they will not starve at all. Some of the most known restaurants here are Petro’s for all kinds of fast food and Hint-of-Orange Iced Tea, Nama’s for sushi, Puleo’s Grille famous for two sausage gravies, Trio for greens and salads, Naples for Italian food, and Linderhof for German cuisine.

Knoxville offers many accommodation choices, but some of the best budget ones are – Holiday Inn Express Knoxville-Strawberry Plains from $79, Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Knoxville East from $63, Best Western Knoxville Suites for $67, and Clarion Inn Knoxville from $69.