East Tennessee
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East Tennessee

East Tennessee contains many of the loftiest peaks in the eastern United States. The highest is Clingman’s Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To get a flavor of East Tennessee, visit Knoxville, Chattanooga, Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport.

Treasured by locals and cherished by guests, East Tennessee has wholesome fun, outdoor adventure, culture and heritage.

Take any path in East Tennessee. You’ll end up someplace memorable. Visit vast Cherokee National Forest. Hike the Appalachian Trail. Sing along in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music. Take a whitewater challenge on the Ocoee River.

Survey an incredible panorama of nature and history through Chattanooga’s River Gorge, called Tennessee’s Grand Canyon. Discover Oak Ridge’s Secret City. Capture a laidback vibe at Knoxville’s Market Square, and rev up for the University of Tennessee’s football fever.

Festivals here celebrate East Tennessee’s zest for bluegrass, storytelling, the homespun allure of arts and crafts and childlike fun at Dollywood. We’re giddy over glorious blooming dogwood trees, melt-in-your-mouth cornbread and the amazing biscuit. There’s really nothing else quite like East Tennessee.


Spotlight Cities in East Tennessee

Wake up in a city or small town of East Tennessee and discover a kaleidoscope of charm, beauty, amusement, adventure and history. There are mountaintop experiences to be had for shopping, dining, recreation, entertainment and scenery.

Music & Arts Feb 27 Clayton Center presents Danu 20th Anniversary Maryville, TN The best of Irish Music learn more Music & Arts Feb 28 Rose Glen Literary Festival Sevierville, TN Rose Glen Literary Festival learn more Music & Arts Feb 28 Paranormal Event at Ramsey House Knoxville, TN Ramsey House releases to the public an award winning presentation "Historic Hauntings - A Paranormal Study of Ramsey House". Participants will see the long awaited results that may put to rest all the speculation as to whether Historic Ramsey House is haunted. Included in the event is video viewing, express investigation with J-Adam Smith, and a first run DVD copy. Reserve your tickets TODAY! learn more Music & Arts Feb 28 International Festival Oak Ridge, TN Food, culture, and entertainment from two dozen countries. learn more Music & Arts Mar 1 Free First Sunday: Featuring Three Season Faire; Cleveland Woodwind Trio; Open Spaces Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN Bring your family for a free day of gallery exploration, art making experiences for the kids. learn more
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