Knoxville, Tennessee, lies between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Mountains and is located on the meandering Tennessee River. The settlement was named for General Henry Knox, the first secretary of war. For the visitor there is a blend of historic houses and museums, theaters, and open spaces. Knoxville was also the site of the 1982 World's Fair.
When to visit KnoxvilleThe average July temperatures in Knoxville are around 88ºF, which make the place ideal for a Knoxville vacation. Spring and fall are much cooler and the average January temperatures are 46ºF. The mix of great outdoors and downtown attractions make for a complete experience.
How to get to KnoxvilleKnoxville's airport is McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), which is located ten miles south of the center the city. Further afield is the much larger Memphis International Airport (MEM). The I-40 leads to the city and visitors can also travel to Knoxville using bus services. The closest Amtrak service is at Memphis.
Knoxville attractionsBang in the center of things is Market Square, a cool place to hang out, and to the north of it is the Old City. Crowne Plaza Hotel is conveniently sited midway between the two. Knoxville Zoological Gardens, proud of its red pandas, are located to the northeast of the city and there are a range of family-friendly hotels nearby. To cool off in summer and to get an overview of the city it's possible to take a river trip on the Star of Knoxville Riverboat. In World's Fair Park there is the Sunsphere tower, with museum and observation deck. The popular Knoxville Cumberland House Hotel is near the convention center.
Where to stay in KnoxvilleKnoxville hotels are generally conveniently sited near the center, where there are an assortment of fine inns. Hotels.com offers the best Knoxville hotel deals available.