Fast Times, Tall Tales and Trailblazers


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 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 Northeast 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 Northeast Jan 22, 2015 - Feb 15, 2015 Jonesborough Repertory Theatre presents Singin’ in the Rain Jonesborough, TN January 22nd - February 15th 1920s Hollywood is the setting for this zany, light-hearted romantic musical comedy about the early days of sound film, when many a movie studio found itself scrambling to salvage the career of its chipmunk-voiced silent picture star. For tickets visit or call 423.753.1010. learn more Northeast Feb 13, 2015 Ladies Valentine’s Day Tea Jonesborough, TN February 13th at 10 a.m. Gather your friends and join us for tea at the International Storytelling Center. Enjoy a variety of teas, light refreshments and entertainment in the beautifully decorated Parlor. Seating is limited; reserve your space by calling 423.753.1010. learn more Northeast Apr 17, 2015 Ford Fan Friday Bristol, TN What better way to kick off racing at Bristol as your favorite drivers return to the Last Great Colosseum? Ford Fan Friday is packed with can’t-miss NASCAR racing experiences. learn more

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