Knoxville offers a wide variety of shopping, art galleries, theaters, eateries, and bars. Often referred to as the Gateway to the Smokies, you can experience a variety of parks, hiking trails and cultural attractions. The University of Tennessee Volunteers fans are among the most dedicated you will ever encounter in a college town. Knoxville was recently named the 8th favorite city in the U.S. based on its dining, shopping and cultural attractions and it also received high marks for affordability. Other factors that make Knoxville a desirable place include no state income tax and the cost of living index for the area is 11% lower than the national average. Knoxville has big city opportunities with a small hometown feel!
The Great Smoky Mountains
The Great Smoky Mountains offer over 800 miles of hiking trails and over 500,000 acres of wilderness to explore. Here you can experience the wildlife and view the breathtaking mountain sides, waterfalls, plants and streams. The moderate temperatures in this area make it a favorite family vacation spot. Not far away are the towns of Pigeon Forge and Sevierville to help you fulfill your shopping and dining needs. Numerous campgrounds are available for those who like “roughing it” or you can choose from a variety of hotels and cabins. Some of the most popular sites in the Smokies include Cades Cove, Clingmans Dome and Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail.
Knoxville offers a variety of parks and recreation centers to include the Ijams Nature Center. Activities include hiking, biking, walking and boating. Greenways are another way people around Knoxville walk, run, cycle or scoot to places like schools, offices, shopping areas and parks around their communities. Golfing, water sports and boating are extremely popular in this area. Cherokee, Douglas, Ft. Loudon, Melton Hill, Norris, Tellico and Watts Bar lakes offer boating, fishing, skiing and other water sports. The fun never ends in Knoxville!
Knoxville has an assortment of shopping options for every type of shopper. From small eclectic shops in Bearden on Kingston Pike to the popular department stores and shops in Turkey Creek, there is something for everyone. You also have the favorites like the Mast General Store in the Market Square area of downtown Knoxville. A variety of eating establishments are located in all of the shopping areas.
Healthcare is abundant in Knoxville. Four major healthcare systems operate in the Knoxville area. They are:
- Tennova Healthcare – 8 convenient locations in East Tennessee
- NHC Healthcare – located at 809 Emerald Avenue N.E., Knoxville
- Cherokee Health Systems – With 45 clinical sites in 13 Tennessee counties
- Covenant Health – 9 acute-care hospitals, outpatient and specialty services in the Knoxville area
When it comes to restaurants, Knoxville excels in the number of excellent choices to dine at. There is a wide variety from little deli’s and cafés to outstanding formal dining establishments. Some of the top ranked restaurants in the Knoxville area include Nick & J’s Café, Connors Steak & Seafood, Tomato Head, and Chesapeake’s. For a small city, Knoxville doesn’t disappoint when it comes to eating out and drinking.
Knoxville is the home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the evidence of this can be found everywhere. Tennessee is ranked at No. 9 in the Preseason Associated Press Top 25 Poll for the 2016 season. Head Coach Butch Jones led Tennessee to back-to-back bowl championships: the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl and 2016 Outback Bowl this past season and the Volunteers fans have high hopes for the 2016/2017 season. Wherever you drive in the Knoxville area you will see a number of fans sporting the orange and white big T apparel. THIS IS VOLS COUNTRY!