Plan Your Visit

Knoxville was a capital city of Tennessee. Now it’s a city offering sophistication along with down home style. While you’re in the area, stop in at the Visitor Center to enjoy the Blue Plate Special. Nah, it’s not something you eat, but it sure is a heapin’ helpin’ of good music, plus you’ll discover all kinds of other places you’ll want to visit, too.


Visit Knoxville
One Vision Plaza
301 South Gay Street
Knoxville, TN 37902
Phone:    865- 523-7263

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For more information on where to go, what to do, and where to stay in Tennessee "where the stage is set for you," visit Tennessee Travel and Tourism online at


things to do

Market Square
Historic Market Square is a downtown favorite.  You will find food, shopping and entertainment. It is home to the Farmers' Market, the International Biscuit Festival, Movies on the Square, First Night and numerous other events. 


The Blue Plate Special 
WDVX's live mid-day radio show featuring performers known nationally, regionally, and locally. Bring your lunch or pick something up along the way and enjoy the show Monday-Saturday at the Knoxville Visitor Center located on Gay Street.


East Tennessee History Center
Operated by the East Tennessee Historical Society, you'll find exhibits, genealogical research records, publications, and heritage programs. Their events include lunch and learn lectures, book signings, and genealogy workshops.


The Tennessee Theatre
One of the few great movie palaces from the 1920s that is still in operation. Seeing the restoration efforts at the Tennessee Theatre, the Official State Theatre of Tennessee, is worth the price of admission to any event. From legendary performers like B. B. King to contemporary groups like Mannheim Steamroller, the setting is intimate and ornate. Be sure to enjoy the theatre's offering of movie classics in the summer months and the free First Monday Mighty Wurlitzer Concerts.    


Bijou Theatre
In 2009 the Bijou celebrated its 100th birthday. Today, the Bijou continues to serve the city of Knoxville as one of the most outstanding entertainment centers  with some of the most perfect natural acoustics in the nation. In its era, it made its mark in the entertainment industry by presenting operas, musicals, orchestral concerts and comedy shows.


Knox Heritage Downtown Walking Tour
Downtown Knoxville has been labeled as “everybody’s neighborhood,” and this walking tour is one of the most comprehensive and informative guides available to the significant historic structures in the area.  What a great way to see Downtown Knoxville.  


Outdoor Knoxville is provided to you by Legacy Parks Foundation, a non-profit organization which works to assure that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that those assets exist for generations to come.  Hike, Bike, Paddle, Run or Walk, you will find maps and information to enjoy these activities  in and around Knoxville. 


Knoxville Urban Wilderness
Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness begins with the 1,000-forested acres along Knoxville’s downtown waterfront that includes ten parks, more than 40 miles of recreational trails, four Civil War sites, incredible views and unparalleled natural features. Be sure to see both of the sections - the South Loop and the Battlefield Loop - that make up Knoxville's Urban Wilderness.


Women's Basketball Hall of Fame 
Honors the greatest contributors to the game while celebrating the past, present, and future of women's basketball with a variety of interactive exhibits.


Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum
The Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum is located on 47 acres of the former Howell Nurseries. It features walking trails, display gardens, unique & historic horticulture, and over two miles of distinctive stone walls and timeless buildings, just five minutes from downtown.  Be sure to bring you camera.


The Blount Mansion and James White's Fort 
The Blount Mansion is the home to the first governor of the Southwest Territory, William Blount. He was a signer of the US Constitution, as a representative from North Carolina. Find out more about some of the BIG stories in America's past with a tour of the grounds. The James White's Fort is the home of the founding father of Knoxville. He gave a large tract of land to establish the city. 


Zoo Knoxville 
One of the top zoological parks in the southeast with an internationally renowned preservation and breeding program. The Zoo is active in research providing a "laboratory" for students and professionals alike to discover more about each species and contribute to the body of knowledge that may help in both captive management and preservation of those in the wild. Enjoy exhibits of elephants, giraffes, penguins, and more. 


Ijams Nature Center
Ijams is a wild place filled with rocks, rivers, trees, trails, owls, and salamanders. Visitors of all ages and ability can hike, bike, paddle, stroll, learn or simply enjoy the day.   The Lost Species Exhibit includes ultra-rare ivory-billed woodpeckers specimens, which highlight this nationally unique, interactive, natural history exhibit on the enigmatic ghost bird and the extinct passenger pigeon. 


Three Rivers Rambler Railroad 
Take a 90-minute ride into the past on the Three Rivers Rambler Railroad, operated by the Knoxville & Holston Railroad, a short-line railroad. Great for birthday parties and special occasions.


Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Straddling the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, Great Smoky Mountain National Park is just a short drive from Downtown Knoxville.   World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America's most visited national park.   Friends of the Smokies and Great Smoky Mountain Association are excellent resources to plan your trip.

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