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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 29 3rd Annual Firehouse Run Car Show Pioneer, TN 2015 Firehouse Run Car Show learn more Music & Arts Aug 29 The DINER's Back to School Cruise In Sevierville, TN The DINER's Back to School Cruise In learn more Music & Arts Aug 29 Riverfront Nights Music Series Chattanooga, TN This Free music series is held downtown on Chattanooga’s riverfront. Enjoy food, drinks and great music every week. Free & fee-based boat parking available. learn more Music & Arts Aug 29 Rte. 23 Music Festival Bristol, TN On Saturday, August 29, the Birthplace of Country Music brings an added roadside attraction for music lovers - the RTE 23 Music Festival - and the admission is free. learn more Music & Arts Aug 30 The Traveling Bazaar Knoxville, TN Antique & Vintage Goods • Local Artisans • Shabby Chic Treasures learn more
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