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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 May 26 - 30 Andy Offutt Irwin as Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center Jonesborough, TN With a manic, Silly Putty voice, astonishing mouth noises, heart-filled stories, and arguably the greatest whistle in the world, Andy Offutt Irwin is equal parts mischievous schoolboy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. learn more Music & Arts May 27 Chattanooga Lookouts vs Biloxi Shuckers Chattanooga, TN The Chattanooga Lookouts are a Double-A A affiliate team for the Minnesota Twins. learn more Music & Arts May 28 Chattanooga Lookouts vs Biloxi Shuckers Chattanooga, TN The Chattanooga Lookouts are a Double-A A affiliate team for the Minnesota Twins. learn more Music & Arts May 29 Chattanooga Lookouts vs Biloxi Shuckers Chattanooga, TN The Chattanooga Lookouts are a Double-A A affiliate team for the Minnesota Twins. learn more Music & Arts May 29 Dreamnight Chattanooga, TN 5:30pm-8:00pm We are excited to host another Dreamnight this summer for all special needs children and their families. Come enjoy bounce houses, games, food, fun, a dance party and more! Visit with the animals, and see the Chattanooga Zoo on a perfect summer night. Please RSVP to the Zoo Gift Shop at 423-697-1319. learn more
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