Northeast Tennessee is a playground of rivers and streams, Appalachian caves, historic downtowns and festivals for every season. Fishing, hiking, golf and shopping abound in small towns throughout this picturesque portion of East Tennessee. Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Visiting Jonesborough is like stepping back in time. Antique stores, ice cream and candy shops and even some history awaits you in this sweet town. Weekend festivals and storytelling events are some must-see highlights. I only wish I lived closer or could visit more often! —Saundra Nugent via Facebook THE HOT LIST In 1927, Ralph Peer, a New Jersey record executive, traveled to Bristol to find the makers of “hillbilly” music. Within two weeks, he recorded 76 songs by 19 acts, and country music was born. See where it all began at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum. ICONIC EXPERIENCE There’s no place better to watch a NASCAR race than at this halfmile oval in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Bristol Motor Speedway is a must-see for race fans. Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium, Kingsport FREE ATTRACTION Discover more about a pioneer, soldier, politician and industrialist at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park in Limestone. Enjoy camping, fishing and 105 acres of the scenic landscapes where Davy Crockett grew up. LOCAL FLAVOR Located in a former firehouse, The Firehouse restaurant in Johnson City is a local institution, well known for serving some of the best barbecue around. THE UNEXPECTED In addition to a scenic 44-acre lake, Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium in Kingsport offers astronomy programs and a nature center with wolves, bobcats, raptors and reptiles.
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