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 Dec 20 Christmas in Olde Jonesborough: Dickens Downtown Jonesborough, TN December 20th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rekindle the old-fashioned Christmas spirit, Charles Dickens style, with carolers in period dress and more. A free children’s storytelling concert will take place at the Storytelling Center beginning at 11 a.m learn more Music & Arts Dec 20 Good Tidings Christmas Giveaway for the Needy Sevierville, TN Good Tidings Christmas Giveaway for the Needy at Sevier County Fairgrounds learn more Music & Arts Dec 20 Tim Lowry in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol Jonesborough, TN Storyteller Tim Lowry will offer a benefit performance of his one-man show Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (featured this past October at the 42nd annual National Storytelling Festival) on December 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Mary B. Martin Theater at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN. learn more Music & Arts Dec 27, 2014 - Jan 1, 2015 Student Celebration Sevierville, TN Student Celebration at Sevierville Convention Center. learn more Music & Arts Dec 30 Ruby Falls’ Discovery Day Chattanooga, TN Celebrate the 86th anniversary of the discovery of Ruby Falls. The first 85 guests to arrive at Ruby Falls will receive the original $2 rate, a vintage souvenir postcard, as well as some lesser known facts and legends about the cavern. learn more
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