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 Oct 13 - 17 Alton Chung as Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center Jonesborough, TN www.altonchung.com October 13-17 Alton Chung performs internationally, sharing stories and legends from Hawaii and spreading aloha. He tells stories from the Hawaiian Monarchy and the Plantation Days as well as Asian folktales from all around the Pacific Rim. He also shares stories of the Japanese American Experience of WWII. learn more Music & Arts Oct 13 Flash Sale/Ladies Night at The Barn Nursery, Chattanooga Oct. 13 from 4-7pm Chattanooga, TN Flash Sale/Ladies Night! 4-7PM; 20% off lowest-marked price for the ENTIRE store (excludes cases of Luminara candles and deliveries) Yikes...what a sale! This really is HAPPY HOUR! Wine and tiny bites served. Festive fun WORKSHOPS for FALL DOOR DECOR AT 12-2 AND 4:30-6:30 learn more Music & Arts Oct 15 - 17 Fall Jamboree at Windrock Park Oliver Springs, TN There will be a range of events from guided rides, ATV Rodeo, poker run, Windrock Wide Open, Windrock Challenge, Drag Race, Mud Bog and Dash for Cash! learn more Music & Arts Oct 15 - 18 Boo! at the Zoo Knoxville, TN Knoxville's largest Halloween event, Boo! at the Zoo celebrates 12 nights of safe and not too scary Halloween fun at the Knoxville Zoo. learn more Music & Arts Oct 16 - 18 On Cosby Festival Cosby, TN Moonshine Capitol of the World. Music, car show, race, crafts, food and more. A regional favorite learn more
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