East Tennessee
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East Tennessee

East Tennessee contains many of the loftiest peaks in the eastern United States. The highest is Clingman’s Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To get a flavor of East Tennessee, visit Knoxville, Chattanooga, Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport.

Treasured by locals and cherished by guests, East Tennessee has wholesome fun, outdoor adventure, culture and heritage.

Take any path in East Tennessee. You’ll end up someplace memorable. Visit vast Cherokee National Forest. Hike the Appalachian Trail. Sing along in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music. Take a whitewater challenge on the Ocoee River.

Survey an incredible panorama of nature and history through Chattanooga’s River Gorge, called Tennessee’s Grand Canyon. Discover Oak Ridge’s Secret City. Capture a laidback vibe at Knoxville’s Market Square, and rev up for the University of Tennessee’s football fever.

Festivals here celebrate East Tennessee’s zest for bluegrass, storytelling, the homespun allure of arts and crafts and childlike fun at Dollywood. We’re giddy over glorious blooming dogwood trees, melt-in-your-mouth cornbread and the amazing biscuit. There’s really nothing else quite like East Tennessee.

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Spotlight Cities in East Tennessee

Wake up in a city or small town of East Tennessee and discover a kaleidoscope of charm, beauty, amusement, adventure and history. There are mountaintop experiences to be had for shopping, dining, recreation, entertainment and scenery.


Music & Arts Apr 24 - May 11 Monty Python's Spamalot Knoxville, TN Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical and voted Outstanding Musical of 973 AD, The New York Times called Spamalot, “resplendently silly.” A musical comedy “lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. This Broadway smash features flying cows, killer rabbits, taunting Frenchmen and show-stopping musical numbers! Recommended for high school and up. learn more Music & Arts Apr 24 - 26 Windrock Park Spring Jamboree Oliver Springs, TN Guided rides, ATV Rodeo, poker run, Windrock Wide Open, Windrock Challenge, Drag Race, Mud Drag and Dash for Cash are just a few of the activities at the Jamboree! learn more Music & Arts Apr 25 - 27 Outdoor KnoxFest Knoxville, TN Outdoor KnoxFest is a weekend packed with outdoor adventure! Something for everyone - all ages and skill levels can experience Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness through guided trail and road rides, runs, hikes, paddles and much more! Sign up for one of the many clinics offered and learn new skills or try out a new venue. learn more Music & Arts Apr 25 Museum of Appalachia's Sheep Shearing Day Clinton, TN Celebrate a Springtime Rite with the Annual Shearing of the Sheep Sheep Shearing Day at the Museum of Appalachia, April 25th, 2014 learn more Music & Arts Apr 25 Concert: Music of the Mountains/Good Thymes Ceidigh Band Townsend, TN Celtic music kicks off a weekend of music in Townsend, Gatlinburg and Cosby as residents and visitors alike celebrate the mountains’ musical past. Presented by Great Smoky Mountains Association learn more
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