Restaurants, Music, Museums & More
Knoxville’s downtown is just a few minutes from the UT campus and it’s known for restaurants, concerts of all varieties, events on Market Square, unique shopping, museums, and galleries.
Some of the attractions include the Tennessee Theatre, the Bijou Theatre, the Knoxville Museum of Art and UT’s Downtown Gallery, and festivals such as the Rossini Festival, the International Biscuit Festival, and the Dogwood Arts Festival.
In Knoxville, lakes and rivers scatter the landscape and sixty-five miles of greenway trails wind through the city. Visit Volunteer Landing Park or the Neyland Greenway, within sight of campus, to walk, jog, bike, have a great meal, or catch a ride on a paddleboat, yacht, or train.
It’s easy to plan a day hike or just an afternoon of biking, kayaking, or boating in Knoxville. The area offers more than eighty parks including Ijams Nature Center, a 275-acre wildlife sanctuary just ten minutes from UT.
Other nearby recreation areas:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park has more than 800 miles of maintained trails, with fantastic scenery and wildlife
- Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is 125,000 acres on the Cumberland Plateau with whitewater paddling
- State Parks in East Tennessee have cabins, campsites, hiking, boating, and more.
Saturday home football games can draw over 100,000 fans to campus to cheer on the team. With twenty men’s and women’s competitive team sports to offer, there is almost always a meet, match, or game on campus. Check utsports.com for the details.
Plus, you can enjoy an Ice Bears professional hockey game near downtown.
Or catch a Tennessee Smokies baseball game twenty miles from campus, just off I-40.
You’re Near Other Great Destinations
Several major cities are fun one-day or weekend destinations from Knoxville.
|Asheville, NC||2 hours||110 miles|
|Chattanooga, TN||2 hours||115 miles|
|Nashville, TN||3 hours||180 miles|
|Atlanta, GA||3.5 hours||200 miles|
|Charlotte, NC||4 hours||240 miles|
|Cincinnati, OH||4 hours||250 miles|
|Louisville, KY||4 hours||240 miles|
|Memphis, TN||6 hours||390 miles|
|Charleston, SC||6.5 hours||375 miles|
|St. Louis, MO||8 hours||500 miles|
|Washington, DC||8 hours||500 miles|