Shaded by mighty oaks, Old Gray Cemetery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is known for Victorian-era angels, statues and obelisks. A slice of yummy heaven awaits you at Litton's, a family-owned, foodie favorite. Architectural buffs, see pedestrian-friendly Old North and Fourth & Gill historic districts. Both harbor houses harkening back to the heyday of architect extraordinaire George F. Barber. If you hanker for local, organic freshness, look no further than Three Rivers Market. Around since 1899, Greenlee Bike Shop can put you on a jammin' set of wheels. With a greenway circling its amenities, Fountain City Park contains a natural spring. Next to the park, Creamery Park Grille is a local highlight for friendly gatherings, great American food and ice cream. Take your blades, a soccer ball or the dog to Victor Ashe Park & greenway. Play on classic bent grass greens and sloping Bermuda fairways at Whittle Springs course. Pick up some sweet inspiration at Magpies Bakery, while you are in North Knoxville surrounds.
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Cross to the southern side of the picturesque Tennessee River and a veritable paradise awaits you at Ijams Nature Center, an 80-acre park with woods, trails, meadows, informal perennial gardens and a spring-fed pond. Island Home neighborhood comprises dozens of historic homes reflecting architectural styles of the early 1900s--Craftsman, Bungalow and Tudor Revival. The mountains are especially majestic as you drive to Marble Springs, home of American frontiersman, Gov. John Sevier. Stop at one of the scenic overlooks and take a gander at the quarry lake and Civil War earthen dam at Fort Dickerson Park. For a meal to be forever remembered, stop by Ye Olde Steak House. Adventure a browse through America's oldest family-owned variety store, Emery's 5 & 10. Chapman Highway is teeming with shops full of quirky personality, as well as antiques. Get teed off on one of the 7 outstanding city fairways in the area. Visit a Knoxville legend, Kay's Ice Cream, for old-fashioned goodness.
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Wander through downtown Knoxville and discover colorful treasures everywhere--Mast General Store, East Tennessee History Center, the Tennessee and Bijou theatres, Emporium Center for Arts & Culture, World's Fair Park and the Sunsphere, Visit Knoxville, the Chocolate Factory, Market Square, Knoxville Museum of Art and Old City. Stroll scenic Volunteer Landing; ride the rails on Three Rivers Rambler; cruise our fair city aboard the Volunteer Princess. Explore a Tennessee National Historic Landmark, Blount Mansion. Find out just how special McClung Museum is, with collections in anthropology, archaeolology, decorative arts, local and natural history. Sports fans, get pumped up experiencing the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, cheering in the "Go Vols" tradition at the University of Tennessee and at Knoxville Ice Bears' championship hockey. And, wherever you go, the fare is superb--among the many: Sunspot, Cafe4, Ruth's Chris, Calhoun's, Copper Cellar, Chesapeake's, Nama Sushi Bar, Bistro at the Bijou and Le Parigo. Cool off with a treat from Rita's or Coolato Gelato.
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Take in over 100 acres of c. 1797 history at Ramsey House Plantation, along with gardens, a museum shop and exhibits. Down by the water, find 44-acre Holston River Park and greenway a place to walk, play and enjoy beautiful views. Take a walk on the wild side at Knoxville Zoo. Swing into a few holes from the challenging layout offered by Tom Fazio-designed par 3 championship Wee Course at Williams Creek. Delve into the rich educational collection of African American exhibits, achievements and culture at Beck Cultural Exchange Center.
Find fun at the East Tennessee Discovery Center in Chilhowee Park. Stroll by greatness, admiring Alex Haley Heritage Square adjacent to Morningside Park, or pick up a game of disc golf at the 16-hole course. Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum covers 44 acres of ridge-top landscape perfection, open sunrise to sunset. Try fried green tomatoes or other yummy delicacies at Puleo's Grille. Satisfy your sweet tooth at TCBY.
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Take bikes or hikes at West Knoxville greenways, such as Turkey Creek, Weisgarber, West View. Play a round on rolling landscapes at Dead Horse Lake Golf Course, Willow Creek or Concord Park Par 3. Sail away at Concord Marina; hit a few balls at Rocky Hill or Lakeshore; skate or play tennis at Tyson Park; practice your twirls and jumps at Ice Chalet and Cool Sports; or picnic in Sequoyah Park. Life is a cakewalk at The Cupcakery, Cities Cupcake Boutique or Gigi's Cupcakes; find fabulous cool treats at Bruster's, Soups & Scoops Cafe or old school Long's Drugstore. It's all about the shops at West Town Mall, Turkey Creek, Colony Place and Homberg Place. Kick up your heels at Cotton-Eyed Joe breathe in a hip element at historic Baker Peters Jazz Club. Hoist a homemade beer at Smoky Mountain Brewery; stop in for sandwiches, salads and soups at Panera; bite into baby back ribs at Calhoun's; feast your eyes and senses at The Orangery; or kick back for a scenic dinner at Lakeside Tavern. Brush against history as you tour the Armstrong-Lockett House at Crescent Bend or Farragut Folklife Museum.
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Knoxville’s climate is welcoming and accommodating with four beautiful seasons, 8,000+ hotel rooms and hundreds of restaurants to suit any taste. Find out why our tour guides always say, “It’s all here, just for you--Enjoy!”