Knoxville is the third largest city in the state of Tennessee. Knoxville is located in a green, hilly area, and in the southeast of the city, the French Broad River and Holston River meet to form the Tennessee River. The popular Great Smoky Mountains National Park is an hour from Knoxville.

Three River Rambler

This is a 17-mile train route along the Tennessee River, with beautiful views of Knoxville, the farmlands surrounding it, and the "Three Rivers Trestle" along the way, where the French Broad and Holston Rivers meet to form the Tennessee River. A trip takes about 90 minutes.

Market Square

This small square in the city center is lined with many restaurants and shops. A market is held twice a week and many events take place. Farmers from the area used to come here to sell their goods in the Market House.

Knoxville Museum of Art

Museum with exhibitions of modern art by, for example, well-known artists such as Charles Burchfield and William Morris. Right next to the museum is the 81 meter high Sunsphere. Take the elevator up for free and enjoy the view.

Mabry-Hazen House

This memorial was built in 1858 for Joseph Alexander Mabry Jr. The original furniture of the house has been preserved, as have the antique crockery. Next to the house is Knoxville's Confederate National Cemetery. The house now functions as a museum.

Frank McClung Museum

This museum has exhibits on topics such as anthropology and archeology, and provides information about Tennessee in geology, history, art, and culture.

William Blount Mansion

Built in 1792 for William Blount, one of the signatories to the United States Constitution. The building is on the American Heritage List.

Marble Springs State Historic Site

Marble Springs is home to former Tennessee Governor John Sevier (1745-1815). The estate is home to several historic buildings, such as the John Sevier Cabin, where the governor and his family lived. The Historic Site is about a 20 minute drive south of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Ramsey House Plantation

This house was built in the late eighteenth century for Colonel Francis Alexander Ramsey (1764-1820). It was Knoxville's first stone building. Until the American Civil War, the Ramsey family managed a plantation on the estate. The estate was also the center for social, political and religious life in Knoxville. It is now a museum with gardens, eighteenth-century architecture and authentic furniture. From the center it is about a fifteen minute drive to the Plantation.

Going out

Cotton Eyed Joe is one of the best country dance venues in the United States. For the inexperienced dancer, courses are given almost every evening. If you prefer to enjoy a beer with live music in the background, go to Barley's Taproom, where you can also eat delicious pizza. If you like jazz, Bakers Peters Jazz room is the place to be. You can enjoy fine dining at this historic location. Also in the 4620 Jazz and Acoustical Club a lot of jazz is played and you can enjoy different types of martinis.

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Misty Jhones