Not far from the shadow of the Smoky Mountains, and situated prettily on the banks of the Tennessee River, Knoxville has a lot of natural beauty to its name. It may not get as many visitors as its bigger cousins, Nashville and Memphis, but it has a quiet magic that grows on you.
Flights from Knoxville
McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) might be little, but it punches far above its weight. The airport manages to pass 1.7 million passengers through its dozen gates every year. American Eagle, Delta, United, US Airways, Frontier and Southern Airways all offer non-stop flights from Knoxville to major American hubs.
The single two-level terminal makes getting in and out pretty quick and painless. Getting to and from TYS is probably easiest by car (and you’ll want one to drive up into the mountains anyway.) There are several major rental companies to choose from. Alternately, you can hire a taxi, limo, or charter bus.
Stuff to do in Knoxville
Did we mention the mountains? They’re less than an hour away, and the drive is worth every minute. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers more than 800 miles of stunning trails for hiking and exploration. Camping and fishing are popular, but even just a sightseeing drive is likely to stay with you a very long time. The Cades Cove Loop Road is particularly beautiful by bicycle.
When you get back to town, Knoxville itself has powerful charms of its own. There’s a fun and vibrant hipster edge growing in the city, as students and artists make the most of low rents, transforming old industrial spaces into chic apartments, galleries, and boutiques. Historical Market Square is a popular weekend destination, offering shops, restaurants, and a twice-weekly farmer’s market. The University of Tennessee’s amazing gardens are open free to the public, with thousands of varieties of plants on display across 12 acres.
Advice to Tourists Visiting Knoxville
September and October are a great time to see Knoxville, especially if you’re planning to do a lot of outdoor activities. The temperature falls back into the manageable 70s and 80s, and the humidity and chance of rain are at their lowest.
If you’re not planning to spend all your time in a tent in the mountains, you’ll want to find a good deal on your accommodation. Try Skyscanner’s free hotel price comparison service for the best prices. We can also help you sort out a rental car with our free car rental price comparison tool.
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