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 Sep 21 Ole Smoky Moonshine presents The Wood Brothers Knoxville, TN Find the Wood Brothers at U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre on September 21! learn more Music & Arts Sep 22 - Nov 1 Dollywood's National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration Pigeon Forge, TN Dollywood celebrates the arrival of autumn with the country's best artisans, crafters, southern gospel singers and some of the season's most delicious treats. learn more Music & Arts Sep 23 - 27 Susan O'Halloran as Teller-in-Residence at Storytelling Live! Jonesborough, TN Susan O’Halloran has been a story artist since the 1970s and has been covered by such media outlets as PBS, ABC Nightline, The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. Whether telling personal stories or original fables, O’Halloran engages her audience with a passionate, wiry wit and an empathy for human suffering. learn more Music & Arts Sep 25 - Nov 2 Enchanted MAiZE Flintstone, TN Enjoy 10-acres of fall fun in the valley below Rock City’s Lover’s Leap. Weave through an amazing cornfield maze and enjoy a historic birdhouse barn, tractor-pulled hayrides, face painting, great food, kettle corn & the children’s courtyard playground. learn more Music & Arts Sep 25 - Nov 2 Blowing Springs Farm in Flintstone, GA featuring Rock City's Enchanted MAiZE Flintstone, TN Celebrating 13 years of 10 acres of fall family fun down on the farm at the Enchanted MAiZE! learn more
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