Knoxville, Tennesee is a cool city. Anyone who lives there knows it. But now, the secret is out.

As more and more people flock to Knoxville, it’s becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tennesee. Give us a couple of minutes to show you why!

In this post, we’re going to highlight Knoxville. Let us be your guide to showing you the cool things to do, places to see, and all you need to know about “The Marble City.”

Things to Do

Knoxville has a rich history that lasts centuries. From the Civil War era to Knoxville’s height as one of the greatest marble producers in the country (hence the nickname) to its popularity today there’s plenty to explore. 

The University of Tennessee

aerial view of University of Tennessee in Knoxville

Love college football? Then make Neyland Stadium your first stop; This is the home to the Vols and one of the largest college football stadiums in the country. If you’re lucky enough to be there during the season, head towards the Tennessee River and catch the crowds ‘sailgating’ before the game.

Knoxville Farmers Market

This is really popular with the locals. Ask a few people on the street what you should see while you’re in Knoxville, and usually, the Farmers Market is right at the top of the list. It runs Wednesday’s and Saturdays, May through October and features food, live music, and tastings.

Ijams Nature Center

Ijams is a 315-acre nature center. So it’s a favorite spot for both locals and visitors alike. Spend an afternoon here, and you’ll have the opportunity to hike, paddle, bike, and climb. Or, you can check out some of the educational opportunities too. 

World’s Fair Park

The World’s Fair came to Knoxville back in 1982 and the park that was built to host the event, World’s Fair Park still attracts plenty of visitors today. The park is home to plenty of festivals throughout the year, but wander around anyway and check out the Tennessee Amphitheater and the Sunsphere.

East Tennesse Historical Society

Ready to explore a bit of the history of Knoxville and its surrounding areas? Head to the East Tennesse Historical Society and explore the museum. If you know you have distant relatives from this part of the world, also stop by the History Center and do some genealogy research.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Beautiful sunset view of the Smoky Mountains

While the Great Smoky Mountains National Park isn’t in Knoxville, it’s only an hour drive away. So if you’re in the area, it makes for a perfect half day trip. If you don’t have time for a hike, take Route 441 South, and you can drive through the heart of the park and still take in the incredible views.

Getting There

Being the hub of Eastern Tennesee means that Knoxville is surrounded by major highways and interstates, so it’s easy to get to. 

It’s about two hours from Asheville, NC, around three hours from Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA, and Lexington, KY. So if you’re on a Southern road trip, Knoxville can be the perfect resting spot or jumping off point for more adventures!