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.

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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 Aug 22 - 23 Southern Brewers Festival Chattanooga, TN Celebrate our 20th anniversary with special events. Enjoy more than 30 microbrews from across the country on the scenic riverfront in downtown Chattanooga, along with great live music and plenty of food. learn more Music & Arts Aug 22 Ronnie McDowell and Billy Joe Royal Pigeon Forge, TN Ronnie McDowell and Billy Joe Royal Live on stage at the Country Tonite Theatre learn more Music & Arts Aug 22 Meet & Greet With Lizard Lick Towing's Bobby Brantley Jefferson City, TN Meet & Greet with Lizard Lick Towing's Bobby Brantley learn more Music & Arts Aug 22 Tennessee Smokies vs. Jacksonville Kodak, TN Tennessee Smokies Baseball Game learn more Music & Arts Aug 22 Ronnie McDowell and Billy Joe Royal in Concert Pigeon Forge, TN Ronnie McDowell and Billy Joe Royal in Concert at Country Tonite Theater. learn more
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