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 Oct 3 - 4 Unicoi County Apple Festival Erwin, TN Food, crafts and entertainment learn more Music & Arts Oct 3 - 12 RiverRocks 10-Day Festival Chattanooga, TN A unique & distinctive outdoor festival celebrating our incomparable natural resources with events including hot air balloon rides, film fest, live music, hiking, biking, climbing, hang gliding, paddling, obstacle courses & more. There are multiple venues/times. learn more Music & Arts Oct 3 - 5 National Storytelling Festival Jonesborough, TN The 42nd annual National Storytelling Festival will be held in downtown historic Jonesborough October 3–5, 2014. A three-day extravaganza of compelling performances by some of the world’s premier storytellers, the Festival is storytelling at its most magical. For questions or more information, contact the International Storytelling Center by e-mail or phone at (800) 952-8392, ext. 283 or (423) 753-2171. learn more Music & Arts Oct 3 - 5 42nd Annual National Storytelling Festival Jonesborough, TN October 3rd - 5th Join us for the National Storytelling Festival where tents and tellers can be found throughout the Historic District. learn more Music & Arts Oct 3 - 5 USSSA Baseball & Softball Tournament Sevierville, TN USSSA Baseball & Softball Tournament learn more
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