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Knoxville & East Tennessee


Restaurants, Music, Museums, and 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.

Outdoor Destinations

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.

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Sports Galore

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 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

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