Knoxville Information

Knoxville, Tennessee is the state's third-largest city with nearly 200,000 residents nestled just to the west of the Smoky Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The city itself offers a number of attractions for families, historians, sports fans and outdoors lovers. Anyone can find something they'll enjoy seeing or doing in and around Knoxville.

The city is home to the University of Tennessee. The Volunteers football team plays Saturday home games at Neyland Stadium which seats over 100,000 fans. The university's football team and the women's championship basketball team, led for over three decades by coach Pat Head Summitt, are very popular with residents and visitors alike. The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame sits close to the stadium.

A visitor who isn't a sports fan can still find plenty to do in and around the city. The city was the site of the 1982 World Fair, featuring the 266-foot Sunsphere that still looks out over the city. Today the area has been turned into a park with walking paths, a playground and observation deck. Visitors who want to stretch their legs can take a hike at House Mountain State Park just east of Knoxville, where the views of the city and the Smoky Mountains from atop the ridgeline are spectacular.

Families can find plenty of activities that will appeal to everyone. The Knoxville Zoological Gardens features chimps, Komodo dragons, a butterfly garden and even a Wee Play Zoo where the youngest visitors can get a chance to dress up and play zookeeper. The Putt Putt Golf Course offers three championship-level courses. If a family prefers indoor games, the Zuma Fun Center has arcade games and other fun activities for everyone.

Knoxville celebrates its seasons and its culture with a number of different festivals throughout the year. Alive After Five is a Friday evening music series that runs most of the year at the Knoxville Art Museum. The Head of the Tennessee Regatta, held in October, features rowers from all parts of the US. One of the city's premier events, the Dogwood Arts Festival, celebrates the springtime natural and cultural beauty of the city and its suburbs during the entire month of April.

Knoxville's place in the frontier history of the US during the late 18th and 19th centuries is celebrated at the East Tennessee History Center, the Blount Mansion and the Museum of Appalachia just north of Knoxville. History buffs can become engrossed in the people and events that helped make Tennessee a state which contributed much to the growth of America.