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Fast Times, Tall Tales and Trailblazers

Northeast

One visit and youll see that Northeast Tennessee is rich in culture, history and outdoor thrills. You might find adventure in the roar of racecars, in unbelievable scenic vistas that stretch for miles or in retracing the steps of Tennessee’s legendary pioneers. You’re sure to have tall tales to share from the Storytelling Capital of the World, creating your own lifetime memories right here in Northeast Tennessee.

Discover a place where pioneers dared to venture. An idyllic spot of peaceful mountains, a national forest and tranquil lakes. Where youll hear the soft strains of old-time music or the roar of the NASCAR speedway.

Northeast Tennessee is home to noteworthy trailblazers. Step into the restored cabin of a celebrated frontiersman at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park. Trace the life of the tailor who became a president at Andrew Johnson National Historic Site. Travel Daniel Boones Wilderness Road, a pathway to the west for 300,000 settlers.

If you love a good story, settle in at Jonesboroughs National Storytelling Festival, called “the leading event of its kind in America” by "USA Today." Congress declared Bristol to be the “Birthplace of Country Music,” which was the launching pad for musicians such as the Stanley Brothers, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Kenny Chesney. Try something unexpected such as visiting the Gray Fossil museum to see exhibits of fossil remains dating back 4.5 to 7 million years ago. Join in the fun of a “Dig Pit,” full of fossil finds. Stroll the streets of historic downtown Johnson City, and pop in the shops and eateries of Blue Plum Village. Save the third weekend in September for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, an infectious, three-day music experience bursting with creative passion.

Youre on top of the world at 6,285 feet with breathtaking views of the Appalachian Mountains and more than 600 acres of blooms at the famous Rhododendron Gardens of Roan Mountain. Swim in pools at the base of a 100-foot waterfall, or hike the trails at Elrod Falls. Boat, picnic or fly fish in clear Watauga Lake with spectacular scenery. Head to Bays Mountain Park for a hike, barge ride on a mountaintop lake or wildlife habitats. Raft the rapids of the Nolichucky with a guide from the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Blaze your own trail in Northeast Tennessee.

Experience Northeast Tennessee

This is where country music was born and bluegrass thrives among next-generation musicians. Its the home of Revolutionary War heroes, an American President and the first settlement west of the 13 colonies. See “racin’ the way it oughta be,” and hear homespun tales in the states oldest town.


Northeast Feb 12 Ladies Valentine's Day Tea Jonesborough, TN February 12th at 10 a.m. Join us at the International Storytelling Center for a variety of teas, light refreshments and entertainment learn more Northeast Feb 12 - 13 11th Annual Antique Appraisal Fair & Show Greeneville, TN The event will feature certified appraisers that will assess the value of antique treasures brought in by the public. A small fee of $5 per item will be charged for appraisals. Also featured at the event will be local and regional antique shops displaying and selling their wares throughout the day, as well as local museums and historical attractions. learn more Northeast Feb 13 A Tribute to Tennessee Ernie Ford at Paramount Bristol Bristol, TN The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is proud to partner with The Paramount Chamber Players to produce a one-of-a-kind evening dedicated to the music of Tennessee Ernie Ford on February 13, 2016 at Paramount Bristol. The concert, on what would have been Ford’s 97th birthday, will feature songs from Ford’s vast repertoire performed by The Paramount Chamber Players, special guests The Jeff Little Trio, a choral ensemble and vocal soloists, along with accompanying narration. The two-hour concert will include something for everyone: gospel tunes, country boogie tunes, patriotic and folk songs, a new rendition of “Sixteen Tons,” and the premiere of a hymn arrangement by Ann Holler, which was commissioned especially for the concert. learn more Northeast Mar 3 - 5 NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships Johnson City, TN Anticipating 1,500+ athletes, coaches, and staff and 1,000+ fans in attendance. The NAIA is comprised of 248 member institutions and more than 60,000 student athletes. learn more Northeast Mar 20 Simple Elegance Eastern Tennessee Bridal Show Jonesborough, TN Come plan your fairy tale wedding in historic Jonesborough: storytelling capital of the world. International Storytelling Center, March 20, from 1-5pm learn more

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