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Around Knoxville: See the Smokeys
Knoxville is situated between the Cumberland Plateau and the Smoky Mountains in some of the most beautiful country anywhere. The University of Tennessee is just 45 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the country. It has over 800 miles of maintained trails including part of the Appalachian Trail. You can even take a hike up Rocky Top before the game on Saturday. There are also plenty of black bears, deer, and elk to be seen on the Cades Cove loop.
The Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas near the park are also tourist hot spots. There are plenty of shops and dining along with Dolly Parton’s Dollywood, the theme park with rides and shows.
If you want to stick around town, Market Square in downtown Knoxville is usually busy with live bands, theater groups, or local vendors. The city has revitalized the area, especially Gay Street with renovations to the historic Bijou and Tennessee theaters. Knoxville’s Old City offers nightlife with plenty of bars including Barley’s and Club 106. The Knoxville Cigar Company is also open late with a bar. Many of the bars have live local music on Friday night with a minimal cover charge.
Knoxville was also home to the 1985 World’s Fair, and the World’s Fair Park and the Sunsphere are still here today. The Sunsphere, besides being a major part of a Simpsons episode, provides great views of the city and the surrounding area.