Linda Lange 2017-01-08 23:46:45
Big attractions and huge events give East Tennesseans plenty to shout about in 2017, but the quiet melodies of Smoky Mountain streams and small-town farmers’ markets are what make this verdant region really sing. horseback riding in Anderson County Top athletes from around the world compete in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship on Sept. 9–10 in Chattanooga. Action gets more blistering at Bristol Motor Speedway where the best in NASCAR take on The Last Great Colosseum. Quick-tongued narrators hold court in Jonesborough, home to the International Storytelling Center and the National Storytelling Festival. And, in this part of the country, it just doesn’t get any bigger than when more than 100,000 fans belt out “Rocky Top” at a University of Tennessee football game in Knoxville’s Neyland Stadium. At Pigeon Forge’s Dollywood, the folks rock on roller coasters and clap along at musical shows. Gatlinburg is the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a top wedding destination, and premier shopping puts Sevierville on the map. Fish and friends entertain at the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg, named one of America’s best aquariums. More water fun happens on the Ocoee River and the Obed Wild and Scenic River as adventurers take wild rides on some of the country’s best whitewater. Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort, Pigeon Forge Norris, Watauga, Douglas, Chickamauga and Watts Bar lakes lure fishermen here from everywhere. Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area beckon bikers, campers and sight-craving motorists, while hundreds of miles of ATV trails in Anderson, Campbell, Johnson and Scott counties offer off-road adventure. Hikers enjoy spectacular views from Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower in Unicoi County and Carver’s Gap along the Appalachian Trail on Roan Mountain. Tanger Outlets, Sevierville Did you know East Tennessee has a new national park? Oak Ridge is home to one part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park established in 2015. More history can be found in Dayton, where the Scopes “Monkey Trial” was held; Chattanooga’s Point Park, site of “The Battle Above the Clouds” in the Civil War; Red Clay State Historic Park, a heritage site for the Cherokee Nation; and Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park in Limestone. A Smoky Mountain Wedding Music takes the stage at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Greeneville’s acclaimed Niswonger Performing Arts Center, Knoxville’s Grand Tennessee Theatre and Chattanooga’s Tivoli Theatre. Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol But, songs also come from bluegrass bands at the Museum of Appalachia near Clinton, clubs like Capone’s in Johnson City, the stage at Harriman’s rejuvenated Princess Theatre, and from street musicians at Knoxville’s Market Square. Even the community-built carousel in Kingsport has musical backup. When the day’s done, sit down for good eatin’ at Ridgewood Barbecue in Bluff City, a craft beer at the Chattanooga Brewing Co. Or an elegant dinner in McKinney’s Tavern at Rogersville’s Hale Springs Inn. East Tennessee won’t send you home hungry. FIND A DETAILED STATE MAP in the back of this guide. Visit us online at tnvacation.com. , Chattanooga East Tennessee Welcome Centers email: [Welcome.email@example.com] I-26 Welcome Center Kingsport/Sullivan County I-75 Welcome Center Jellico/Campbell County I-24 Welcome Center Tiftonia/Hamilton County I-24 Welcome Center Nickajack/Marion County I-40 Welcome Center Hartford/Cocke County I-75 Welcome Center Chattanooga/Hamilton County' I-26 Welcome Center Erwin/Unicoi County I-81 Welcome Center Bristol/Sullivan County Watch the Video From museums and theaters to hiking trails and lakes, East Tennessee has endless experiences to discover. Watch at tnvacation.com/east-tennessee. Want more East Tennessee? Find more outdoor adventure, country music history and family fun at tnvacation.com/east-tennessee.
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