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 Apr 18 - 20 EarthDayz Lookout Mountain, TN Rock City partners with Orange Grove for the 6th year of this naturally fun outdoor event as Rock City grows greener! Learn how to use recycled materials to make-and-take a fun project and go on a RockQuest Adventure through the park! See raptors soar above the crowd at our Birds of Prey Raptors Show! learn more Music & Arts Apr 19 - 20 Racin @ Ruby Chattanooga, TN Race on up to Ruby Falls and experience this NASCAR-themed event with many activities on site! 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. learn more Music & Arts Apr 19 Spring Colors and Easter Train Ride Oak Ridge, TN Southern Appalachian Railway Museum is offering 1-hour excursions with narration on Saturday, April 5 and 19. learn more Music & Arts Apr 19 Earth Day 2014 Ceclebration Gray, TN A panel discussion on weather and climate featuring a local meteorologist and climate scientists will be presented as a part of the 2014 Earth Day celebration at 1:00 p.m. on Sat., April 19, at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitors Center at the Gray Fossil Site. The museum will be open for tours and have activities for all ages from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. learn more Music & Arts Apr 23 Atoms in Appalachia: Secret City and Super Science Farragut, TN The Farragut Folklife Museum will host a free historical presentation on the Manhattan Project – “Atoms in Appalachia: Secret City and Super Science” – on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Farragut Town Hall. “The Manhattan Project – Secrets Revisited” exhibit is on display in the museum through Friday, May 2. learn more
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