Category: Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

A- Overview:
Put on your blue suede shoes and drop on in. Whether it is the strains of the Blues calling to your ears, the smell of old fashioned Southern barbecue calling to your nose, or the myriad sights that catch your eye, there is something unique about the city of Memphis. Visitors are welcomed to this heritage-rich city located on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River with typical Southern hospitality. If you stay for a week or two, you may never want to go home.
If it’s music that you are interested in, you won’t find any place with a richer heritage. Birthplace of both rock ‘n roll and the blues, Memphis lays greater claim to shaping the music of the 20th century than any other city in the nation. Memphis is home to blues notables such as B.B. King and the late W.C. Handy, as well as rock ‘n roll pioneer Elvis Presley.

Visitors to Memphis can drop in and see the home of Handy, located on famous Beale Street. From his humble home, now a museum dedicated to his life and career, you can take a short walk through the entire Beale Street Historic District. Various restaurants and nightclubs mix a bit of the old and new, serving the latest in both international and local cuisines, while live musicians often play music reminiscent of the great masters of the Blues.

Whether you are a music buff or not, no visit to Memphis would be complete without a visit to Graceland, the home of the late Elvis Presley, otherwise known as “The King”. While it is filled with memorabilia from his career, Graceland also houses items from Elvis’ personal life, including his famous pink Cadillac and his personal jet.

If your trip to Memphis includes some of the smaller members of your family, perhaps entertainment that is a little more active might be in order. If that’s the case, don’t forget to check out such sites as Libertyland, the Memphis Zoo, and the Children’s Museum of Memphis. Visitors to Libertyland can take a roller coaster ride such as the Kamikaze, or less daring rides such as the Sea Dragon or Log Flume. The Memphis Zoo offers visitors the chance to see hundreds of species represented by several thousand animals, while the Children’s Museum is focused entirely at entertaining and educating young minds.

Memphis also offers visitors the chance to delve into its rich cultural heritage. One can take a ride down the Mississippi River on a beautifully restored paddlewheel riverboat, tour early 19th century homes, or explore one of several museums. Visitors can relax by taking a stroll through the beautiful Memphis Botanic Gardens, then learn a little about the history of our country in the National Civil Rights Museum.

After a day of being out on the town, browsing through museums, or taking in the picturesque countryside nearby, a visit to the Beale Street Historic District or the Overton Square Entertainment District is probably in order. Relax and enjoy an incredible meal and take in a live music or comedy performance, then browse through the amazing array of stores, shops, and boutiques present at both locations.

As you can see, the city of Memphis offers a little of something for everyone. Whether your interest is in family fun, cultural history, or simply sitting back and enjoying a fine meal and incredible music, this bustling metropolis located right on the banks of the Mississippi River has it all.

B- City Information:
Time Zone: Central Time Zone

State: Tennessee

Country: United States

Population: 1,072,678

Average Temperatures:

Hi Lo
January – March 51 29
April – June 77 58
July – September 87 78
October – December 73 52

Average annual rainfall: 48.6″
Average annual snowfall: 5.3″
Average relative humidity: 69%

Best Time to Visit:
Either mid-August or late December offer the most seasonal activities for visitors to participate in. Late summer provides visitors with the opportunity to partake in outside activities, while late December offers a variety of holiday events.

Transportation:

Taxi Coverage:
Three taxicab companies serve Memphis 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Cab fare from the airport to downtown averages $15, and the trip takes about 15 minutes.

Memphis Area Transit Authority:
Phone: 901-722-7100
An efficient public transportation system allows visitors to easily find their destinations. Rider-friendly buses follow a route that links attractions, restaurants, hotel rooms, parks, and colleges. The standard fare is $1, $.65 for students, and $.50 for seniors with identification cards. During the summer tourist season, MATA offers a special tourist pass with unlimited rides for one low price.

Trolley Service:
The downtown trolley system runs a 5-mile loop route down Main Street Mall and Riverside Drive from Auction Street near The Pyramid to Calhoun Street and the National Civil Rights Museum. The route connects downtown hotels, restaurants, attractions, and shops with the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Fares are $.50 each way with a special daily lunch hour rate of $.25 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Art Museum of the University of Memphis
3750 Norriswood, Communications & Fine Arts Bldg
Memphis, TN 38101
Phone: 901-678-2224

Located on the campus of the University of Memphis, this museum features a permanent collection of Egyptian antiquities. Also featured is the Neil Nokes West African Art Collection. The main gallery displays a variety of exhibits throughout the year. Visitors wishing to discover which exhibit is currently being featured should call ahead.

Beale Street Historic District
203 Beale St., Ste. 300
Memphis, TN 38103

For any visitor to Memphis with even a casual interest in music, specifically the Blues, a visit to the Beale Street Historic District is a must. Whether your interest is purely for entertainment purposes or if you want to immerse yourself in the history of Blues in the South, you will find plenty to do here. Music history buffs may want to explore the rich heritage of Beale Street, where W.C. Handy, B.B. King, Albert King, and Bobby “Blue” Bland all have left their mark. Visitors can spend time viewing the street’s “Walk of Fame”, strolling through historic Church Park, or taking a peek at the statue dedicated to W.C. Handy. The district also features a variety of shops and boutiques, where visitors can browse for memorabilia and souvenirs. If all of that activity leaves you hungry, never fear. The District also features numerous restaurants treating patrons to a wide variety of food. Those who truly seek to find the heart and soul of the District can find it later in the evening, when the musical spirit of the area shows it is still alive and well. Various nightclubs and frequent outdoor concerts feature music ranging from Rock ‘n Roll, Jazz, or R&B to the ever present favorite: Blues. Needless to say, there is entertainment here for every kind of palate, musical or otherwise.

Graceland
3734 Elvis Presley Blvd
Memphis TN 38116
Phone: 901-332-3322 or 800-238-2000
TDD: 901-344-3146

With a nickname like “The King”, you know Elvis Presley had to do things in style. Here at Elvis’ southern mansion you can take a tour and see the lifestyle that the King lived. Tour the mansion itself, board his custom jet, the “Lisa Marie”, and see the King’s 1955 pink Cadillac in the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum. Visitors can see the collection of Elvis’ gold records, which just happens to be the largest private collection in the world. Memorabilia from the King’s performing days are also on display, including jewelry and costumes. Graceland also offers extensive shopping and fabulous restaurants. The combination of food, fun, and history promises to make a visit to Graceland a uniquely entertaining experience.

Libertyland
940 Early Maxwell Blvd
Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: 901-274-1776

Looking for entertainment that’s a little on the lighter side? Here’s an attraction that is suitable for the whole family. Roller coaster enthusiasts can take a ride on the Kamikaze, the Revolution, or the Zippin Pippin. If you’re not quite that daring, maybe the Sea Dragon, the Double Water Slide, or the Log Flume is your speed. For the younger kids in the crowd, perhaps a carousel might be in order. Whichever way you take your thrills, more than twenty exciting rides are guaranteed to make a day at Libertyland fun for the whole family.

Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, TN 38117-4699
Phone: 901-685-1566

Featuring almost one hundred acres of beautiful outdoor greenery, the Memphis Botanic Garden includes such highlights as the Herb, Rose, Daylily, Sculpture, Azalea, and Perennial Gardens, as well as the Japanese Garden of Tranquility. Also located here is the Goldsmith Civic Garden Center, featuring a porcelain collection, art exhibits, and horticultural shows. More detailed information on the myriad of greenery within the gardens can be found within the horticultural library.

Memphis Music Hall of Fame
97 S. 2nd St
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-525-4007

If a visit to the Beale Street Historic District doesn’t satisfy your craving for musical history, drop into one of the best-developed museums devoted solely to music history. You will find displays and artifacts from over a century of Memphis Music. Extensive exhibits on blues, rock ‘n roll, R&B, and soul are on display.

The Memphis Zoo
2000 Galloway
Memphis, TN 38112
Phone: 901-276-WILD

There are more species of animals here than even Tarzan could handle. Housing over four hundred species and almost three thousand animals, a trip to this century old zoo is not exactly a walk in the park. Visitors can expect to see exotic and endangered animals, as well as exhibits such as Cat Country, Primate Canyon, Madagascar, and the Dragon’s Lair. Visitors will also find a wide variety of concessions and children’s rides, as well as a gift shop featuring replicas of the zoo residents that might be a bit safer to take home than the real thing. Most folks don’t realize that they are most likely familiar with this zoo’s most famous former resident: Volney, otherwise known as the MGM lion.

Memphis Queen Riverboats
45 South Riverside Drive
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-527-5694 or 901-527-BOAT

Take a sightseeing cruise on the Mississippi River the way it used to be done: via paddle wheeler. Trips include hour-long sightseeing tours or daylong tours. If you want something different, take a dinner cruise and see the sights and sample some delightful Southern cuisine at the same time. On weekends, the entertainment doubles, with moonlight cruises accompanied by live local bands.

Mud Island
125 N. Front St
Memphis TN 38103
Phone: 901-576-7241 or 800-507-6507

This 52-acre park includes Mississippi River Museum, a 5,000 seat amphitheater, and Tennessee’s largest swimming pool. The River Walk area is a scaled model of the Mississippi from its upper reaches all the way to the Mississippi Delta at the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors reach the park via monorail, leaving plenty of energy for browsing through the many shops or sampling the offerings of the various restaurants.

National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street
Memphis, TN, 38103
Phone: 901-521-9699

Once the Lorraine Motel, the National Civil Rights Museum is located at the site where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. The Museum is the first museum of its type, dedicated solely to the American Civil Rights Movement. Various interactive exhibits and displays trace the history of the civil rights movement and its leaders and proponents, including Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. himself.

The Pyramid
1 Auction Ave
Memphis, TN 38105
Phone: 901-521-9675

Standing 32 stories tall, this pyramid has the distinction of being the third largest pyramid in the world. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, the base of the pyramid would cover six football fields. This amazing structure contains a sports and entertainment complex. Visitors can take a daily tour, partake of catered lunches, or arrange for private parties.

Celebration Station
5970 Macon Cove
Memphis, TN 38134
Phone: 901-377-6700

Located just off I-40, this may be Memphis’ number one entertainment center for family fun. With miniature golf, bumper boats, and over a hundred of the latest arcade games, there is no limit to the fun available for the whole family.

Union Planter’s IMAX Theater
3050 Central Ave
Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: 901-763-IMAX

Located within the Memphis Pink Palace Museum & Planetarium, the Union Planter’s Imax Theater is a facility all in itself. Featuring entertaining and educational movies that change every few months, the giant screens will serve as windows to entirely new worlds.

Memphis Pink Palace Museum & Planetarium
3050 Central Ave
Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: 901-320-6320

Originally built in 1923 for Clarence Saunders, founder of the Piggly Wiggly chain of grocery stores, the museum was reopened in 1996. The museum features exhibits on both cultural and natural history, a 165-seat planetarium featuring astronomy programs and laser light shows, and the Union Planters Imax Theater. Some of the permanent exhibits include the hand-carved Clyde Park Miniature Circus, dinosaur fossils, and a mineral collection. Visitors can view an array of Civil War memorabilia and artifacts, a museum on medical history, and a replica of the original Piggly Wiggly. Other exhibits change periodically throughout the year, as do the astronomy programs. Each August, visitors can view the special laser light show dedicated to Elvis.

Memphis Main Street Trolley
547 North Main Street
Memphis, TN 38105
Phone: 901-274-6282

For a small fee, visitors can enjoy a nostalgic ride aboard the Memphis Main Street Trolley. Serving as transportation to such downtown attractions as Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, The Pyramid, and the Orpheum Theatre, these beautiful antique trolleys will let you ride the streets of Memphis in style.

Memphis Belle Pavilion
125 North Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-576-7241

Perhaps the most famous WWII airplane, the Memphis Belle was the first U.S. bomber to complete 25 missions against Nazi targets without suffering a casualty. Its fame has led it to be the subject of a 1943 documentary, as well as a more recent feature film sharing its name. Restored to perfect condition, the Belle can be found within a pavilion on Mud Island.

W.C. Handy House Museum
352 Beale Street
Memphis, TN 38103-3106
Phone: 901-522-1556

It is quite fitting that the home of the “Father of the Blues”, W.C. Handy, is on famous Beale Street. This well preserved small wood-frame house features displays of memorabilia and artifacts from the life and career of Handy. The humble turn of the century dwelling in which he lived and began his career serves to accentuate his successes in later years. Visitors can view the home or take a guided tour that includes other portions of historic Beale Street.

Overton Square Entertainment District
Madison and Cooper Streets
Phone: 901-272-1495

Located directly in the heart of Memphis and encompassing almost two full city blocks, this entertainment center features live music comedy shows as well as dancing and theater opportunities. Visitors to the area can find a variety of restaurants and nightclubs, as well as a variety of unique boutiques.

Hunt-Phelan Home
533 Beale Street
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-344-3166
TDD: 901-344-3146

Fully restored, this beautiful 160 year-old home has been in the same family for its entire existence. Visitors can take an audio tour that details the history of the home. The home is a perfect stop for antique lovers, since the family’s original antique furniture remains within the home.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Graceland
3734 Elvis Presley Blvd
Memphis TN 38116
Phone: 901-332-3322 or 800-238-2000
TDD: 901-344-3146

With a nickname like “The King”, you know Elvis Presley had to do things in style. Here at Elvis’ southern mansion you can take a tour and see the lifestyle that the King lived. Tour the mansion itself, board his custom jet, the “Lisa Marie”, and see the King’s 1955 pink Cadillac in the Elvis Presley Automobile Museum. Visitors can see the collection of Elvis’ gold records, which just so happens to be the largest private collection in the world. Memorabilia from the King’s performing days are also on display, including jewelry and costumes. Graceland also offers extensive shopping and fabulous restaurants. The combination of food, fun, and history promises to make a visit to Graceland a uniquely entertaining experience.

Libertyland
940 Early Maxwell Blvd
Memphis, TN 38104
Phone: 901-274-1776

Looking for entertainment that’s a little on the lighter side? Here’s an attraction that is suitable for the whole family. Roller coaster enthusiasts can take a ride on the Kamikaze, the Revolution, or the Zippin Pippin. If you’re not quite that daring, maybe the Sea Dragon, the Double Water Slide, or the Log Flume is your speed. For the younger kids in the crowd, perhaps a carousel might be in order. Whichever way you take your thrills, more than twenty exciting rides are guaranteed to make a day at Libertyland fun for the whole family.

Memphis Music Hall of Fame
97 S. 2nd St
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-525-4007

If a visit to the Beale Street Historic District doesn’t satisfy your craving for musical history, drop into one of the best-developed museums devoted solely to music history. You will find displays and artifacts from over a century of Memphis Music. Extensive exhibits on blues, rock ‘n roll, R&B, and soul are on display.
The Memphis Zoo
2000 Galloway
Memphis, TN 38112
Phone: 901-276-WILD

There are more species of animals here than even Tarzan could handle. Housing over four hundred species and almost three thousand animals, a trip to this century old zoo is not exactly a walk in the park. Visitors can expect to see exotic and endangered animals, as well as exhibits such as Cat Country, Primate Canyon, Madagascar, and the Dragon’s Lair. Visitors will also find a wide variety of concessions and children’s rides, as well as a gift shop featuring replicas of the zoo residents that might be a bit safer to take home than the real thing. Most folks don’t realize that they are most likely familiar with this zoo’s most famous former resident: Volney, otherwise known as the MGM lion.

Memphis Queen Riverboats
45 South Riverside Drive
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-527-5694 or 901-527-BOAT

Take a sightseeing cruise on the Mississippi River the way it used to be done: via paddle wheeler. Trips include hour-long sightseeing tours or daylong tours. If you want something different, take a dinner cruise and see the sights and sample some delightful Southern cuisine at the same time. On weekends, the entertainment doubles, with moonlight cruises accompanied by live local bands.

Mud Island
125 N. Front St
Memphis TN 38103
Phone: 901-576-7241 or 800-507-6507

This 52-acre park includes Mississippi River Museum, a 5,000 seat amphitheater, and Tennessee’s largest swimming pool. The River Walk area is a scaled model of the Mississippi from its upper reaches all the way to the Mississippi Delta at the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors reach the park via monorail, leaving plenty of energy for browsing through the many shops or sampling the offerings of the various restaurants.

The Children’s Museum of Memphis
2525 Central Ave., TN 38104
Phone: 901-458-2678

Aimed at pleasing and entertaining the smaller museum-goers in the family, this museum is sized for kids. Within a kid-sized city, visitors will find a variety of interactive exhibits and programs. Take a shopping trip through a miniature grocery store or take a try at being a dentist by practicing on a puppet. With new exhibits every few months, this ever-changing museum is sure to keep the smaller family members happy.

The Pyramid
1 Auction Ave
Memphis, TN 38105
Phone: 901-521-9675

Standing 32 stories tall, this pyramid has the distinction of being the third largest pyramid in the world. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, the base of the pyramid would cover six football fields. This amazing structure contains a sports and entertainment complex. Visitors can take a daily tour, partake of catered lunches, or arrange for private parties.

Celebration Station
5970 Macon Cove
Memphis, TN 38134
Phone: 901-377-6700

Located just off I-40, this may be Memphis’ number one entertainment center for family fun. With miniature golf, bumper boats, and over a hundred of the latest arcade games, there is no limit to the fun available for the whole family.

Union Planter’s IMAX Theater
3050 Central Ave
Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: 901-763-IMAX

Located within the Memphis Pink Palace Museum & Planetarium, the Union Planter’s Imax Theater is a facility all in itself. Featuring entertaining and educational movies that change every few months, the giant screens will serve as windows to entirely new worlds.

Memphis Pink Palace Museum & Planetarium
3050 Central Ave
Memphis, TN 38111
Phone: 901-320-6320

Originally built in 1923 for Clarence Saunders, founder of the Piggly Wiggly chain of grocery stores, the museum was reopened in 1996. The museum features exhibits on both cultural and natural history, a 165-seat planetarium featuring astronomy programs and laser light shows, and the Union Planters Imax Theater. Some of the permanent exhibits include the hand-carved Clyde Park Miniature Circus, dinosaur fossils, and a mineral collection. Visitors can view an array of Civil War memorabilia and artifacts, a museum on medical history, and a replica of the original Piggly Wiggly. Other exhibits change periodically throughout the year, as do the astronomy programs. Each August, visitors can view the special laser light show dedicated to Elvis.

Memphis Main Street Trolley
547 North Main Street
Memphis, TN 38105
Phone: 901-274-6282

For a small fee, visitors can enjoy a nostalgic ride aboard the Memphis Main Street Trolley. Serving as transportation to such downtown attractions as Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, The Pyramid, and the Orpheum Theatre, these beautiful antique trolleys will let you ride the streets of Memphis in style.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Elvis Tribute Week
August 10-16
A city wide, weeklong celebration of the music and life of Elvis Presley. Graceland hosts special events during this time, including the highlight, the Candlelight Vigil on August 15.

Arts in the Park
October 20-22
A three-day fine arts festival featuring more than 800 visual and performing artists in the Memphis Botanic Garden. Includes continuous music, dance and theatre and the artist market with 150+ national artists

Christmas at Graceland
November 24-January 8

Beale Street New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31
Everything that you might imagine Beale Street would be during the rest of the year culminates on New Year’s Eve. Every restaurant on Beale Street brings forth its best, accompanied by live music of all types and varieties. Definitely a celebration to be present for.

Liberty Bowl Football Classic
December
One of Football’s most tradition-rich Bowl games, which matches the champion of the Conference USA with the champion from the Mountain West Conference. The preceding week is filled with many activities.

Memphis Motorsports Park
901-358-7223
Located ten minutes from downtown Memphis, multipurpose motorsports complex featuring drag racing, road racing, and oval track competition. Special events include the NHRA Pennzoil Nationals in October.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

A- Overview:
Chattanooga, the 4th largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga was one of the first US cities to effectively use a citizen visioning process to set specific long-range goals to enrich the lives of residents and visitors. In Chattanooga, citizens like to get involved, and they like to show off their accomplishments.

The Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center is a state-of-the-art facility that has recently been expanded. Public entities and private citizens worked together in recent years to build the 20,000 seat Max Finley Stadium. In keeping with the beauty of the area, the city has developed an extensive greenway system which includes 5 miles of constructed river walk beginning downtown and meandering through the historic art district and several parks. What better way to experience the feel of the city than to take time to enjoy the downtown sights, shops and restaurants: all of them within walking distance. The city supports a downtown shuttle fleet of zero-emission electric buses – manufactured in Chattanooga – for visitors wishing to park-and-ride. In this city, you don’t have to drive your car unless you want.

There are many attractions to experience in this traditional southern town. The best known are probably the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail, but Chattanooga is also the site of many Civil War battlefields that are historically significant. The Creative Discovery Museum for children is outstanding and will entertain every member of the family. Among annual events of interest are the Riverbend Festival, the Bessie Smith Strut, the Fall Color Cruise, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home of NCAA Division I-AA national football championships and hosts the national softball championships every year as well.

The climate is moderate, so the outdoors can be experienced year round. Whether your interest is hiking, biking, walking, sky diving, rafting, or just strolling through a local park, Chattanooga serves well either as a destination in itself or as a base for unique adventures throughout the region. Some of these are hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions. A little known fact about Chattanooga is that the Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River valley are known to support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States.

With its scenic beauty, moderate climate, proximity to a host of attractions and sites, and proximity to major Interstate highways, Chattanooga is a city that should be on every traveler’s itinerary.

B- City Information:
Population: 155,544

Elevation: 685 feet above sea level

Land Area: 135.2 miles

Location: Southeast corner of Tennessee

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone

Weather Information:

Average Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
39.4
43.4
51.4
59.5
67.6
75.3
79.5
78.4
72.0
60.4
50.3
42.4

High temperature (°F)
48.8
54.1
62.8
72.1
79.1
86.1
89.7
88.6
82.5
72.3
61.1
52.0

Low temperature (°F)
29.9
32.5
39.9
46.9
56.1
64.5
69.3
68.2
61.6
48.4
39.5
32.7

Precipitation (in)
5.3
4.8
6.1
4.1
4.2
3.8
4.5
3.5
4.2
3.3
4.7
4.8

Normal climate around Chattanooga, Tennessee

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation.
12
10
12
10
10
11
12
10
8
7
9
11

Wind speed (mph)
6.9
7.3
7.7
7.3
5.9
5.3
5.0
4.6
4.9
4.9
6.0
6.4

Morning humidity (%)
82
81
81
82
86
87
89
91
91
90
85
83

Afternoon humidity (%)
62
57
53
49
53
55
57
57
56
53
56
61

Sunshine (%)
43
49
53
61
65
65
62
63
64
63
53
44

Days clear of clouds
7
7
8
9
9
8
7
8
10
13
10
8

Partly cloudy days
7
6
8
8
10
12
13
13
10
8
7
6

Cloudy days
17
15
16
13
12
10
11
10
11
10
13
17

Snowfall (in)
1.7
1.2
0.7
0.1
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.6

When To Go:

Visitors can take full advantage of the mild climate in Chatanooga, with its warm summers and mild winters, by spending a lot of time outdoors. While March is the wettest month, that rain is also responsible for over 200 species of spring flowers. October is delightfully dry, cool and richly colored. The hills surrounding Chattanooga entice walkers and hikers to explore their vivid foliage. Extreme cold is rare and with an average of over 200 frost-free days and minimal snowfall, outdoor activities thrive year-round. December is mild enough to celebrate the Holidays on the river, when dozens of boats are brightly decorated. July and August are warm, but daily average highs stay below ninety degrees. The air currents generated by the climate and the surrounding mountains, make Chattanooga a yearlong destination.

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day last Mon. in May

Independence Day July 4

Labor Day 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve Dec. 31

Nearest Cities:

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Atlanta, GA (106.9 miles).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (498.3 miles).

Nearest cities: Ridgeside, TN (1.5 miles), East Ridge, TN (3.9 miles), Lakeview, GA (4.7 miles), Red Bank, TN (4.9 miles), Rossville, GA (5.0 miles), Lookout Mountain, TN (6.7 miles), Fort Oglethorpe, GA (7.1 miles), Lookout Mountain, GA (7.7 miles).

Getting There

By Plane

Major airlines serve the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (tel. 423-855-2200) from Atlanta, Cincinnati, Memphis, and Charlotte. To reach the city center, take Highway 153 south to I-75, and then go west on I-24. Exits 1A, 1B, and 1C all get you downtown.

By Car

Major routes into Chattanooga are I-75 from the north (Knoxville) and south (Atlanta), I-24 from the northwest (Nashville), and I-59 from the southwest (Birmingham, AL).

Visitor Information

Start off your visit at the Chattanooga Visitors Center, 2 Broad St. (tel. 800-322-3344 or 423-756-8687), open daily from 8:30am to 5:30pm, where you can pick up some helpful brochures and maps. Here you can buy discount ticket packages, which get you into several of Chattanooga’s most popular attractions. A free electric shuttle from the visitor center makes touring downtown attractions a snap.

TRANSPORTATION

Chattanooga sits at the intersection of Interstates 75, 24, and 59.

The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (423-855-2200) serves the area with the following airlines: US Airways Express, Northwest, Airlink, American Eagle, Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA)
The Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) provides regularly scheduled bus transportation for the area.

CARTA also provides an electric shuttle system that operates downtown between the Chattanooga Choo Choo/Holiday Inn at Shuttle Park South and the Tennessee Aquarium at Shuttle Park North.
Greyhound/Trailways Bus Lines — 423-892-1277.

CLAIMS TO FAME

Chattanooga has the world’s longest pedestrian bridge — The Walnut Street Bridge.
Chattanooga has the nation’s first and largest military park — Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
Chattanooga has the world’s steepest passenger railway line — The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway.
Chattanooga has the world’s largest freshwater aquarium — The Tennessee Aquarium.
Chattanooga has the South’s largest collection of American art — The Hunter Museum of Art.
More than 300 kinds of trees and 900 varieties of wildflowers grow in the Chattanooga area, more than anywhere on earth, except central China.
The Chattanooga Choo Choo/Holiday Inn’s lobby, a former railroad terminal, contains the largest freestanding brick dome in the world. The interior height of the dome is 85 feet.
The deepest commercial caverns in the United States are located on Lookout Mountain and are over 1,000 feet underground — Ruby Falls

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Bluff View Art District

423-265-5033

Located just east of Walnut Street pedestrian bridge

Check out the River Gallery or spend some time ambling through the free Sculpture Garden, perched scenically on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River.

Hunter Museum of American Art

865-267-0968

10 Bluff View

Admission Charged

Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm

You can see paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and contemporary studio glass.

Houston Museum of Decorative Arts

423-267-7176

201 High Street

Admission Charged

Monday –Saturday, 9:30am-4pm; Summer – Sundays, noon-4pm

It houses an impressive glass collection

Coolidge Park

Just across the Walnut Street Bridge

Experience a beautiful hand-carved carousel

Frasier Street

You’ll find some funky (and fun) shops and cafes

Chattanooga Market

423-266-9270

1826 Carter Street

Admission Free

First Sunday after Easter until the last Sunday before Christmas, noon-5pm.

The Chattanooga Market is a weekly open air market in downtown Chattanooga. The market features hand crafted works by local and regional artisans, life entertainment, chef demonstrations, children’s art projects, fart direct tax free produce, and a unique lunch experience in the Market Café.

The Battles For Chattanooga Museum

423-821-2812

1110 East Brow Road

Call for operating hours

Just three blocks from the Incline Railroad’s upper station at the entrance to Point Park (site of the “Battle above the Clouds” in 1863), this museum features a three-dimensional electronic battle map that presents details of major battles in Chattanooga’s Civil War history.

Rock City Gardens

706-820-2531

1400 Pattern Road

Admission Charged

Open daily year-round, call for operating hours

A view of seven states on a clear day. Rock City’s unique sandstone formations are striking, and younger kids will be fascinated by the displays based on classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Family Biking at Lookout Mountain

Open year round

Look for the Guild-Hardy Trail

Lookout Mountain Guild-Hardy Trail is a walking and biking trail located on the side of scenic Lookout Mountain. The trail was built on the historic route of the C & LM Broad Gauge Railroad and follows its path up the mountain. Two remaining trestles are the most captivating evidence of the railroad. The Guild-Hardy Trail provides recreationists access to a multitude of trails on Lookout Mountain, National Park Service and Reflection Riding. The trail winds through forested mountain slopes and is lined with historical ruins.

Adventures Unlimited

800-662-0667

522 Highway 64, Ocoee, TN 37361

Admission Charged

Get Wet! on the world-class Ocoee River. Adventures Unlimited offers both half-day and full day guided trips through class III and IV whitewater excitement. Try out our mountain bikes in the Cherokee National Forest. Stay overnight in log cabins or camp in the campground complete with RV hookups. If you don’t want to cook, let Adventures provide catered meals for you. Groups of all sizes are welcome from families to family reunions. The 32-acre base camp gives everyone plenty of room to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Conveniently located only 35 minutes from Chattanooga.

Canoe The Sequatchie

423-949-4400

U.S. Highway 27 & River, Dunlay, Tennessee

Admission Charged

Open Weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day

Children must be age two or older

Day canoe trips, ranging in length from 3-9 miles are available daily with a duration of 1 ½ hours to 4 hours. The 3 mile trip is great as a sampler to get your “feet wet” and for small children. The 2 hour trip is just enough time to really enjoy the river and ends on the lower end of the river. For those most experienced or those needing more time to enjoy the breathtaking scenery, the 3 or 4 hour trips fit the bill. The 3 hour excursion is the most popular. Call ahead for reservations.

Raccoon Mountain Caverns

423-821-9403

319 West Hill Drive, Chattanooga

Admission Charged

At Raccoon Mountain visitors can explore the Southeast’s most geologically active cave. Raccoon Mountain Caverns is a relatively large cave with over five and one-half miles of explored passageways. Entrance is at ground-level and, once inside, there is extensive formation growth which is observed along a lighted pathway. You literally walk beside large flowstone deposits and past stalagmites and stalactites that are thousands of years old. Best of all, the tours are guided and deliberately kept small to enhance enjoyment.

Sir Goony’s Family Fun Center

423-892-5922

5918 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga

Admission Charged

offers miniature golf (2 courses), 3 go-kart tracks, batting cages for all skills and abilities, bumper boats, lazer tag, a virtual reality games room, and pursuit park paintball. Come for 10 minutes or spend the evening. If you are looking for fun for the entire family, Sir Goony’s is the place!

Tennessee Aquarium

800-262-0695 or 423-265-0698

1 Broad Street

Admission Charged

Daily 10am-6pm (to 8pm some summer evenings)

The first major institution dedicated to fresh water ecosystems, with exhibits designed to take you on the journey from the Tennessee River’s source in the Appalachian high country, down through the Mississippi Delta. Should you tire of watching the 9000 critters here busily swimming, flying, and crawling, you can check out the IMAX theatre on the premises.

Creative Discovery Museum

423-756-2738

321 Chestnut Street

Admission Charged

Daily 10am-6pm, Memorial Day to Labor Day. All other times: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm

Located just two blocks from the Aquarium, it caters to toddlers as young as 18 months while also enthralling the older set with such interactive exhibits as the Artist’s and Musician’s studios and the Inventor’s workshop.

Chattanooga Choo Choo

423-894-8028

2202 North Chamberlain Avenue

Admission Charged

Call for specific operating hours

Welcome to one of the South’s most renowned and unique landmarks. This 30-acre vacation and convention complex is located in the heart of Chattanooga and has something for everyone. The Choo Choo combines history and fun in a delightful blend that appeals to visitors of all ages.

Whether you are a vacationing family, a corporate traveler, or a convention planner, the center has just what you need to make this your home away from home. Experience the rail cars that you can sleep in, the array of restaurants and shopping, the appealing swimming pools, the versatile meeting and banquet rooms, the authentic New Orleans trolley, the beautifully landscaped gardens, all of which reflects the fascination of the planners with restoring the history of a bygone era. Come and encounter the wonder of the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Ruby Falls

1720 South Scenic Highway

423-821-2544

Open daily at 8am

Admission Charged

A 145-foot waterfall located 1100 feet inside the mountain. A definite thrill…maybe a little too extreme for those who are uncomfortable with heights or enclosed spaces.

Coolidge Park

423-425-6311

This seven-acre park is part of the Tennessee Riverpark, a 22-mile public park along the Tennessee River. The park features a hand-carved carousel, a pavilion, an interactive play fountain, an open-air performance venue and lots of open space. Restaurants, shops, and several popular attractions, including the Walnut Street Bridge and the Walnut Wall Climbing Facility, surround the park.

Incline Railroad

423-821-4224

827 East Brow Road

Admission Charged

Call for operating hours

The steepest passenger railway in the world with panoramic views of the city and the Great Smokey Mountains 100 miles away.

Chattanooga Zoo

Warner Park

423-697-1322

April – October: 9 am to 5 pm daily November – March: 10 am to 5 pm daily Closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day and Thanksgiving Day. Admission charged.

The zoo is located just minutes from downtown Chattanooga. This 3.5-acre facility houses more than 150 animals, including four species of primates, seven species of reptiles, 14 species of birds and five species listed as threatened or endangered.

Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park

Chattanooga, TN 37412

(877)-LAKEWIN or (706) 866-5681

Admission charged. Rde tickets sold separately. Open April through September

This park, known as Lake Winnie among the locals, was rated one of America’s Top 10 family amusement parks by Travel and Leisure magazine. Visitors will find more than 30 rides for all ages ranging from relaxing to thrilling. On the Pipeline Plunge, riders meander through a five-story maze of pipes before finishing the ride with a splash. Carnival games to test your skill and luck. Free concerts are also featured throughout the season.

Chattanooga Corn Maze

423-344-9846

Hours: Open Aug. 31 – Nov. 2 Tues-Fri. 4-8:30 pm; Saturdays 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; Sundays Noon to 6:00 pm . Admission charged.

Get lost in a maze of maize.. This cornfield adventure is fun for all ages. The field is cut into a maze featuring a different theme every year.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Mid-January

Chattacon Science Fiction Convention

Each year this science fiction convention takes place. Writers, artists, hucksters and more put on the convention. Put on by the convention is the Chattacon Art Show, which features a variety of artwork. Both flat and 3D artwork is showcased.

Late March – early April

Southern Writer’s Conference – Each year, Chattanooga hosts a literary festival, which provides educational opportunities to discuss and learn about the South’s greatest writers and promising newcomers to the literary scene. Meet the authors and listen to their readings and lectures.

Mid- June

The Riverbend Festival

423-756-2211

1001 Market Street, Chattanooga

Admission Charged

The event takes place at the beginning of June and spans across nine days. Over 540,000 people visit the festival each year. Musical performances range from jazz, blues, folk, country, bluegrass, classic and more. Reserved tickets can be purchased in advance.

Early June (First Monday of the Riverbend Festival)

Bessie Smith Strut – Providing the kickoff to Riverbend, the Bessie Smith Strut is a celebration of Chattanooga’s most prominent musical talent. Chattanoogans celebrate the music of the great Bessie Smith (Queen of the Blues) with a street festival featuring great music, food, and entertainment.

Late August

Southern Brewers Beer Festival

Each year, Chattanooga hosts a day-long beer festival in the heart of downtown next to Big River Grille and Brewing Works. Beer lovers can sample over a hundred varieties of award winning microbrewed beers while watching live music and entertainment.

Early September

Culture Fest

Coolidge Park 423-267-1218

Celebrate the array of races and cultures in the Chattanooga area at the Arts and Education Council’ s Culture Fest. Enjoy art, entertainment, food and interactive activities.

Mid-October – early November

Fall Color and Fall Leaf Cruises (423) 266-4488 or 800-766-2784

Board the Southern Belle Riverboat and sail through the Tennessee River Gorge en route to Chattanooga’s annual Folk Festival. During the cruise, enjoy lunch, a live band and more. At the festival, listen to live music by the area’s best folk artists and check out the handmade crafts and jewelry.

Weekly: Year round

Chattanooga Market Cricket Pavilion 423-266-9270

This weekly open air market features hand-crafted works of art, seasonal farm fresh produce, chef demonstrations, a climbing wall, live music and art projects for kids. When it’s time for lunch, try the Market Cafe, and let the kids expend their energy at the adjacent city skate park.

Early December

Annual Wine Over Water
5:00-8:00 pm

Cornerstones, the historical preservation society in Chattanooga, hosts its annual fundraiser on its most successful achievement, the Walnut Street Bridge. Celebrate the Historic Walnut Street Bridge while raising funds for the preservation of historical properties in Chattanooga. Enjoy wines, hors d’ oeuvres and live music on five stages stretched out along the bridge. Tickets on sale. Call 423/265-2825

Holiday Starlight Parade December

December

NCAA Division I AA National Championship Game – For many years, Chattanooga has hosted the national championship of the NCAA’s 2nd highest division. Finley Stadium, in Chattanooga’s vibrant Southside is the premier facility in Division I-AA.

Knoxville, Tennessee

A- Overview:

The city of Knoxville is growing in popularity with each passing season. In addition to a year round moderate climate, the city is located within 90 minutes of six National Parks, including the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, and is home to one of the finest universities in the world, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Known throughout the area for its unsurpassed beauty and tranquility, this eastern Tennessee city is alive with a variety of activities year round. No matter what a visitor’s personal taste, ranging from the outdoors to the cultural arts, Knoxville has it.

The city is easily accessible from virtually anywhere. It is located at the geographical center of the eastern United States and is within a day’s drive of half the nation’s population. Knoxville sits at the crossroads of three major interstates (I-75, I-40, and I-81).

The two busiest times of the year are when the University of Tennessee is in full session and the summer, when tourists come to visit nearby Great Smokey Mountain National Park and the many local attractions. Visitors are warmly welcomed in this temperate climate. During the busy summer season, the countryside is green and gentle. With the daytime temperatures in the mid 80’s F and the evenings dropping into the mid 60’s F, it’s a perfect time to partake of any of the numerous outdoor activities. The fall color is truly magnificent as hills light up in brilliant autumn hues. Winter is brief and mild with just a dusting of snow. When it does snow, it transforms the already postcard like setting into an entirely new effect. Spring arrives early and stays for a long time, featuring glorious dogwoods, azaleas and other beautiful flowers. Throughout the year, Knoxville has a very accommodating climate.

Knoxville offers a host of activities in every season. Visitors can enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise along the Tennessee River aboard an authentic paddle wheeler riverboat licensed by the US Coast Guard. During the day, a historic visit to Blount Mansion should not be missed. Built in 1792, Blount Mansion was home to territorial Gov. William Blount, signer of the U.S. Constitution. Guided tours of this National Historic Landmark show 18th century antiques and the workings of frontier government.

If visitors are feeling a little more like seeing the sites on their own, a downtown self-guided walking tour highlights the beginnings of country music in Knoxville. The tour includes markers regarding Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, The Everly Brothers, Roy Acuff and others. Of course, a trip to the sprawling campus of the University of Tennessee is a must. Whether it’s visiting the Football Hall of Fame, watching one of the many sporting events taking place year round, or just wandering the campus, the University is truly remarkable.

For those individuals intrigued by the Civil War, a must see is the Mabry-Hazen House Museum & Civil War “Bethel Cemetery”. This home of the Civil War and Victorian periods showcases original artifacts including china, silver, crystal, and antique furnishings. At various times, the house served as headquarters for both Union and Confederate troops. More than 1,600 Civil War soldiers and 50 Union prisoners are buried in Bethel Cemetery.

Attractions, great weather, unsurpassed beauty, year round entertainment and sports: this easily accessible eastern Tennessee city has it all.

B- City Information:
Population: 173,890

Elevation: 889 feet above sea level

Land Area: 92.7 square miles

Location: Knoxville is located in the geographical center of the eastern United States and within a day’s drive of half the nation’s population. The city is situated at the crossroads of three major interstates (I-75, I-40 and I-81).

Time Zone: Eastern Time Zone (when it’s noon in Knoxville it’s 11am in Chicago and 9am in Los Angeles

Weather:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Average temp. (°F)
36.3
40.2
48.5
56.6
65.1
73.1
77.1
76.1
70.1
58.0
48.1
39.7

High temperature (°F)
45.9
51.2
60.4
69.2
76.8
83.8
87.3
86.6
81.2
70.5
59.4
49.7

Low temperature (°F)
26.6
29.0
36.6
43.8
53.4
62.2
66.9
65.4
58.8
45.4
36.7
29.7

Precipitation (in)
5.1
4.3
5.5
4.2
4.9
4.4
4.8
3.4
3.2
2.9
4.3
4.9

Climate:

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Days with precipitation
12
11
13
11
11
11
11
9
8
8
10
11

Wind speed (mph)
6.8
7.0
7.4
7.5
6.0
5.6
5.3
4.9
5.0
5.0
5.9
6.3

Morning humidity (%)
82
80
80
82
87
89
90
92
92
90
85
83

Afternoon humidity (%)
64
59
55
52
57
59
61
60
59
56
59
64

Sunshine (%)
40
47
53
63
64
65
64
63
61
61
49
40

Days clear of clouds
6
7
7
9
8
8
7
8
10
13
9
7

Partly cloudy days
7
6
7
8
10
11
13
12
9
8
7
7

Cloudy days
18
16
16
13
13
10
11
10
11
11
14
17

Snowfall (in)
3.7
3.3
1.6
0.3
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.5
1.6

Local Seasons:

The two busiest times of the year are when the University of Tennessee is in full session and in the summer when tourists come to visit nearby Great Smokey Mountain National Park as well as the many local attractions. Visitors are warmly welcomed in this temperate climate. During the busy summer season, the countryside is green and gentle. With the daytime temperatures in the mid 80’s F and the evenings dropping into the mid 60’s F, it’s a perfect time to partake of any of the numerous outdoor activities. The fall color is truly magnificent as hills light up in brilliant autumn hues. Winter is brief and mild with just a dusting of snow. When it does snow, it transforms the already postcard like setting into an entirely new effect. Spring arrives early and stays for a long time, featuring glorious dogwoods, azaleas and other beautiful flowers. Throughout the year, Knoxville has a very accommodating climate.

How to Get There:

By Air:

McGhee Tyson Airport

865-342-3000

Knoxville is home to McGhee Tyson Airport, the premier air facility serving East Tennessee. The airport has more than 120 daily arrivals and departures and more than 4,000 seats available. The airport is served by many of the nationally known airlines as well as certain local and regional carriers.

Ground Transportation:

Most of the major car rental companies as well as tax, limousine, and shuttle services are available at the airport as well as throughout the city.

By Car:

Major routes into Knoxville are I-40 from the east (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and west (Nashville), I-75 from the north (Lexington, Kentucky), and south (Chattanooga and Atlanta), I-81 from the northeast

By Bus:

Greyhound

100 E Magnolia Avenue
Knoxville TN 37917

865-524-0369

How to Get Around:

For the most part a car is a necessity, either personal or rental. In addition, there are other means of transportation available, both downtown and at the University.

Knoxville Trolley Lines

800-727-8045

A free downtown trolley service provides a convenient way to see all the attractions in the downtown area. The trolley service also connects to the City’s regular bus service Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) for trips outside of the downtown area, including malls, parks and other attractions.

Knoxville Area Transit

KAT is the mass transit system for the City of Knoxville, operating around 80 buses, Para transit lift vehicles, and downtown trolleys.

865-315-7800

National Holidays:

New Year’s Day- Jan. 1

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day- 3rd Mon. in Jan.

President’s Day- 3rd Mon. in Feb.

Memorial Day- last Mon. in May

Independence Day- July 4

Labor Day- 1st Mon. in Sept.

Thanksgiving Day- 4th Thurs. in Nov.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day- Dec. 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve- Dec. 31

C- Attractions/Things To Do:
Tennessee Riverboat Company

300 Neyland Drive

Knoxville, TN 37902

965-525-7827

Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Enjoy the scenic Tennessee River aboard an authentic paddle wheeler riverboat which offers lunch, sightseeing, dinner and party cruises. The two-hour dinner cruise features live entertainment and different themes each night.

Three Rivers Rambler

401 Henley Street

Knoxville, TN 37902

865-524-9411

Hours: Apr.-Nov.: 2pm & 5pm. Sat. & Sun., except football home game days

Admission Charged

This vintage steam engine train takes guests on a 90-minute excursion to the Forks of the River and back, through some of Knoxville’s most historic and beautiful countryside.

Armstrong-Lockett House (Crescent Bend) & W. P. Toms Memorial Gardens

2728 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-637-3163

Hours: 10am-4pm Tue.-Sat.; 1pm-4pm Sun. Closed Jan. & Feb.

Admission Charged

Built in 1834, Crescent Bend contains an exquisite collection of 18th century English and American furniture and art. A three-acre formal Italian-terraced garden overlooks the Tennessee River.

Beck Cultural Exchange Center

1927 Dandridge Ave
Knoxville, TN 37915
865-524-8461

Hours: 10am-6pm Tue- Sat
Admission Free

The Exchange Center features the history of African Americans in Knoxville and East Tennessee from the late 1800s to the present with photographs, newspapers, biographies, audio and video recordings, books and artwork.

Blount Mansion

200 W Hill Ave
Knoxville, TN 37902-1812
865-525-2375

Hours: April – Dec.: 9:30am – 5pm Mon – Sat, Jan. – March: 9:30am – 5pm Mon – Fri

Admission Charged

Built in 1792, Blount Mansion was home to territorial Gov. William Blount, signer of the U.S. Constitution. Guided tours of this National Historic Landmark show 18th century antiques and the workings of frontier government.

Confederate Memorial Hall (Bleak House)

3148 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-522-2371

Hours: 1pm-4pm Tue., Wed. and Fri.

Admission Charged

Completed in 1858 for Robert & Louise Franklin Armstrong, Bleak House served as headquarters of General James Longstreet, C.S.A., during the “siege of Knoxville” in 1863. Visible reminders of the war and a Confederate museum.

Cradle of Country Music Walking Tour

600 Market Street

Knoxville, TN 37902

800-727-8045

Hours: 24 hours a day

Admission Free

A downtown walking tour highlighting the beginnings of country music in Knoxville. The tour includes markers regarding Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, The Everly Brothers, Roy Acuff and others.

East Tennessee History Center

314 W Clinch Ave
Knoxville, TN 37902
865-215-8824

Hours: Exhibit hours are Sunday 1pm – 5pm; Monday-Tuesday, 9am – 8:30pm; Wednesday-Friday, 9am – 5:30pm; Saturday 9am – 5 pm

865-215-8824

Admission Free

Call for information on the current exhibit

Farragut Folklife Museum

11320 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922-2858
865-66-7057
Hours: 10am 4:30pm Mon.-Fri., groups by appointment

Admission Free

The museum preserves the heritage of this historical community and includes a collection on Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, first admiral of the U.S. Navy and Civil War hero.

James White’s Fort

205 E Hill Ave
Knoxville, TN 37915-2514
865-525-6514

Hours: Jan.-Feb., 10am – 4pm Mon.-Fri.; Mar.-Dec.: 9:30am – 4:30pm Mon.-Sat.

Admission Charged

The home of James White who settled here on a 1,000-acre grant. His first home, furnished with original tools and artifacts from the period, gives a glimpse into the daily existence of early settlers to this region.

Mabry-Hazen House Museum & Civil War “Bethel Cemetery”

1711 Dandridge Ave
Knoxville, TN 37915-1905
865-522-8661

Hours: By appointment only

Admission Charged

This home of the Victorian and Civil War periods, showcases original artifacts including: china, silver, crystal and antique furnishings. The house served as headquarters for Union and Confederate troops. More than 1,600 Civil War soldiers and 50 Union prisoners are buried in Bethel Cemetery.

Marble Springs State Historic Farmstead

1220 W Governor John Sevier Hwy
Knoxville, TN 37920-6210
865-573-5508

Hours: Call for hours of operation

Admission Charged

The original home of Governor John Sevier, a loom house, tavern, smokehouse and half-cantilever barn are used to educate the public about the life and times of Governor John Sevier.

Old Gray Cemetery

543 N Broadway St
Knoxville, TN 37917-7408
865- 522-1424

Hours: Daylight each day

Admission Free

This Victorian cemetery, established in 1850, lets you take a walk through Knoxville’s history. The marble city memorializes many of the political figures that shaped the city and region.

Ramsey House Plantation

2614 Thorngrove Pike
Knoxville, TN 37914-9704
865-546-0745

Hours: April-mid-Dec., 10am – 4pm, Tue.-Sat., 1pm – 4pm Sun.

Late Dec.-Mar.: by appointment only

Admission Charged

Completed in 1797 for Col. Francis A. Ramsey, a pioneer settler of Knoxville. Built of local limestone and marble, this Georgian-style house is furnished with period antiques reflecting the life of Ramsey and his family.

Daisy’s Place Girl Scout Museum

1600 Breda Dr
Knoxville, TN 37918-1405
865-688-9440
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm, Mon. – Fri.

Admission Free

The museum features the history of girl scouting and women in 18 East Tennessee counties. It includes displays and a research library.

Frank H. McClung Museum

1027 Circle Park
Knoxville, TN 37996-0001
865-974-2144

Hours: 9am – 5pm, Mon. – Sat., 1pm – 5pm Sunday

Admission Free

McClung, a general-interest museum, offers exhibits on archaeology and the Native Peoples of Tennessee, ancient Egypt, decorative arts, geology and fossils, Civil War, local and natural history. Special exhibits every 3-6 months.

Joseph B. Wolffe Collection of R. Tait McKenzie Sculpture of Athletes

1801 Volunteer Boulevard, Thornton Athletic Student Life Center on UT campus

Knoxville, TN 37901

865-974-1250

Hours: 8am – 4pm, Mon. – Fri.

Admission Free

Over 100 sculptural works of R. Tait McKenzie (1867-1938), internationally recognized as “the sculptor of Athletes.” Pieces include McKenzie-created statuettes, bas-reliefs, medals, portrait medallions and plaques, which celebrate athletic achievement.

Knoxville Museum of Art

1050 Worlds Fair Park Dr
Knoxville, TN 37916-1653
865-525-6101

Hours: Closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: Noon – 8pm, Thursday and Friday: Noon – 9pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Admission Charge (Free admission Tuesdays 5-8pm)

KMA showcases exhibitions from around the world and a permanent collection of contemporary art. The museum contains four galleries, gardens and a museum shop. Accredited by the American Association of Museums.

University of Tennessee Football Hall of Fame

1704 Johnny Majors Drive on UT campus

Knoxville, TN 37901

865-974-5789

Hours: 8am – 5pm Mon.-Fri.

Admission Free

It’s always Football Time in Tennessee at the UT Football Hall of Fame. The museum stands as a tribute to the student athletes who shaped 100 years of Volunteer Football.

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

700 Womens Basketball Hall Of Fame Dr
Knoxville, TN 37901
865-633-9000

Hours: 10am – 7pm Mon.-Sat., 1pm – 6pm Sun.

Admission Charged

Friends, family, fun! The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame honors the past, celebrates the present and promotes the future of the women’s game.

East Tennessee Discovery Center

516 N Beaman St
Knoxville, TN 37914-4410
865-594-1494

Hours: 9am – 5pm Mon.-Fri., 10am – 5pm Sat.

Admission Charged

The East Tennessee Discovery Center is a hands-on science center offers educational fun for children of all ages. Exhibits explore physical science, life science, astronomy, geology and more. Akima Planetarium offers a simulated look at our nighttime sky.

Ijams Nature Center

2915 Island Home Ave
Knoxville, TN 37920-2738
865-577-4717

Hours: Trails open daily from 8am. – sunset

Admission Free

A 150-acre park with mulched and paved trails, a waterfront boardwalk and wildlife viewing areas. Seasonal events include music concerts, owl prowls, canoe trips, plant sales and guided nature walks.

University of Tennessee Gardens

1704 Johnny Majors Drive Neyland Drive at the UT Agriculture campus

Knoxville, TN 37901

865-974-7324

Hours: Open daily sunrise to sunset

Admission Free
The Gardens at the University of Tennessee features more than 1,400 varieties of herbaceous and woody landscape plants. It hosts the All-America Flower Trials (one of 34 nationwide) and the TenneSelect program.

World’s Fair Park
1060 World’s Fair Park Drive

Knoxville, TN 37901
865-215-1158

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free
The site of the 1982 World’s Fair includes a Knoxville visitor center, attractions, restaurants and the Knoxville Convention Center.

Historic Candy Factory and Victorian Houses

1060 World’s Fair Park Drive

Knoxville, TN 37901
865-546-5707

Hours: Call for hours of operation

Admission Free

Home to one of the south’s finest chocolate factories: chocolate made daily. Original art and fine crafts by area artists and crafters. Works displayed among a tract of buildings and homes built in the 1910s and ‘20s.

Knoxville Zoo

3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr
Knoxville, TN 37914
865-637-5331

Hours: Vary depending on season. Open 364 days a year

Admission Charge
Discover a world of wonder at Knoxville Zoo. Grasslands Africa! Brings the animals of Africa to one location. Enjoy elephants, giraffe, zebra, kudu, gazelles, waterbuck and several species of birds.

Volunteer Landing Marina

956 Volunteer Landing Lane
Knoxville, TN 37915
865-633-5004

Hours: Summer: Daily 9am – 9pm, Winter: 9am – 5pm Wed. – Sun.
Admission Charged
Full service marina with boat sales and a full line of rental equipment.

D- Family Fun Attractions:
Tennessee Riverboat Company

300 Neyland Drive

Knoxville, TN 37902

965-525-7827

Call for reservations and additional information

Admission Charged

Enjoy the scenic Tennessee River aboard an authentic stern wheel riverboat which offers lunch, sightseeing, dinner and party cruises. The two-hour dinner cruise features live entertainment and different themes each night.

Three Rivers Rambler

401 Henley Street

Knoxville, TN 37902

865-524-9411

Hours: Apr.-Nov.: 2pm & 5pm. Sat. & Sun., except football home game days

Admission Charged

This vintage steam engine train takes guests on a 90-minute excursion to the Forks of the River and back, through some of Knoxville’s most historic and beautiful countryside.

Confederate Memorial Hall (Bleak House)

3148 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919
865-522-2371

Hours: 1pm-4pm Tue., Wed. and Fri.

Admission Charged

Completed in 1858 for Robert & Louise Franklin Armstrong, Bleak House served as headquarters of General James Longstreet, C.S.A., during the “siege of Knoxville” in 1863. Visible reminders of the war and a Confederate museum.

Cradle of Country Music Walking Tour

600 Market Street

Knoxville, TN 37902

800-727-8045

Hours: 24 hours a day

Admission Free

A downtown walking tour highlighting the beginnings of country music in Knoxville. The tour includes markers regarding Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, The Everly Brothers, Roy Acuff and others.

James White’s Fort

205 E Hill Ave
Knoxville, TN 37915
865-525-6514

Hours: Jan.-Feb., 10am – 4pm Mon.-Fri.; Mar.-Dec.: 9:30am – 4:30pm Mon.-Sat.

Admission Charged

The home of James White who settled here on a 1,000-acre grant. His first home, furnished with original tools and artifacts from the period, gives a glimpse into the daily existence of early settlers to this region.

Daisy’s Place Girl Scout Museum

1600 Breda Dr
Knoxville, TN 37918
865-688-9440
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm, Mon. – Fri.

Admission Free

The museum features the history of girl scouting and women in 18 East Tennessee counties. It includes displays and a research library.

University of Tennessee Football Hall of Fame

1704 Johnny Majors Drive on UT campus

Knoxville, TN 37901

865-974-5789

Hours: 8am – 5pm Mon.-Fri.

Admission Free

It’s always Football Time in Tennessee at the UT Football Hall of Fame. The museum stands as a tribute to the student athletes who shaped 100 years of Volunteer Football.

East Tennessee Discovery Center

516 N Beaman St
Knoxville, TN 37914-4410
865-594-1494

Hours: 9am – 5pm Mon.-Fri., 10am – 5pm Sat.

Admission Charged

The East Tennessee Discovery Center is a hands-on science center offers educational fun for children of all ages. Exhibits explore physical science, life science, astronomy, geology and more. Akima Planetarium offers a simulated look at our nighttime sky.

World’s Fair Park
1060 World’s Fair Park Drive

Knoxville, TN 37901
865-215-1158

Hours: Call for additional information

Admission Free
The site of the 1982 World’s Fair includes a Knoxville visitor center, attractions, restaurants and the Knoxville Convention Center.

Historic Candy Factory and Victorian Houses

1060 World’s Fair Park Drive

Knoxville, TN 37901
865-546-5707

Hours: Call for hours of operation

Admission Free

Home to one of the south’s finest chocolate factories – chocolate made daily. Original art and fine crafts by area artists and crafters. Works displayed among a tract of buildings and homes built in the 1910s and ‘20s.

Knoxville Zoo

3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr
Knoxville, TN 37914-4416
865-637-5331

Hours: Vary depending on season. Open 364 days a year

Admission Charge
Discover a world of wonder at Knoxville Zoo. Grasslands Africa! Brings the animals of Africa to one location. Enjoy elephants, giraffe, zebra, kudu, gazelles, waterbuck and several birds.

E- Events & Entertainment:
Events and Entertainment

January

Annual Christmas Show

Held through early January

Location: Art Market Gallery, Candy Factory on World’s Fair Park

865-525-5265

Call for additional information

Approximately sixty area artists offer their paintings, prints, pottery, jewelry, photography, fiber art, weaving and glass work.

Annual Chocolate Fest

Held in late January

Location: Knoxville Center Mall

865-688-5481

Call for additional information

Sample vendors’ finest chocolate desserts.

March

Church of God International Winterfest

Held in mid March

Location: Thomspon – Boling Arena

423-478-7225

Call for additional information

April

American Zoo & Aquarium Association annual Spring Southern Regional Meeting

Held in mid April

Location: Knoxville

865- 637-5331

Call for additional information

Tennessee Grocers Association annual spring convention

Held in mid April

Location: Knoxville Convention Center

615-889-0136

Call for additional information

Knoxville Opera Rossini Festival

Held in early April

Location: City County Building

865-24-0795

Call for additional information

Dogwood Arts Festival

Held in early April

Location: Varies throughout Knoxville

May

Particle Accelerator Conference and Meeting

Held in mid May

Location: Knoxville Convention Center

865-241-3651

Call for additional information

Destination Imagination/ Annual Global Finals

Held in late May

Location: Knoxville Convention Center

989-883-3042

Call for additional information

Tennessee School Food Service Association Annual Meeting

Held in mid June

Location: Knoxville Convention Center

931-456-5124

Call for additional information

July

Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Annual Conference

Held in early July

Location: Knoxville Convention Center

931-473-3951

Call for additional information

USSSA Sports Festival

Held in mid July

Location: Various schools, parks & fields

865-42-9108

More than 5,000 male and female athletes compete in basketball, softball, baseball and soccer.

October

Annual Brewer’s Jam

Held in mid October

Location: World’s Fair Park

865-522-1604

Call for additional information

December

Annual Christmas Show

Held all of December

Location: Art Market Gallery, Candy Factory on World’s Fair Park

865-525-5265

Call for additional information

Approximately sixty area artists offer their paintings, prints, pottery, jewelry, photography, fiber art, weaving and glass work.

Entertainment

Appalachian Ballet Company

215 W Broadway Ave
Maryville, TN 37801-4705
865-982-8463

Call for performance schedule

Performs three times yearly: spring concert, fall performance and “The Nutcracker.”

Black Box Theatre

5213 Homberg Drive

Knoxville, TN 37919

865-523-0900

Call for additional information and performance schedule

The Black Box Theatre is home to the Actor’s Co-op, providing our community with inventive, entertaining and thought-provoking theatre in an intimate setting.

City Ballet

1060 World’s Fair Park Drive

Knoxville, TN 37916
865-544-0495

Call for performance schedule

East Tennessee’s only fully professional ballet company brings quality performances throughout the year.

East Tennessee Concert Band

306 W Depot Ave
Knoxville, TN 37917-7548
865-546-5772

Call for concert schedule

One of the region’s premier community bands, the ETCB comprises 50 adult musicians who perform seven times annually.

Knoxville Opera

612 East Depot Avenue

Knoxville, TN 37917-7609

865-291-3310

Call for performance schedule and additional information

Combining music, drama, dance, visual arts, and architecture, The Knoxville Opera has the power to transport daily life into a magical world at every live performance.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

The Emporium Building, 100 South Gay Street

Knoxville, TN 37902

865-291-3310

Call for performance schedule

Stellar guest artists and superstar entertainers join the virtuoso musicians of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra for three concert series: Masterworks, Chamber Classics and Pops.

Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble

4216 Sutherland Ave
Knoxville, TN 37919-5161
865-588-8842

Call for performance schedule

A unique modern dance company of 24 dancers ages 8-17, the Ensemble serves as Official Goodwill Ambassadors for the State of Tennessee.

Tennessee Stage Company

1060 Worlds Fair Park Dr
Knoxville, TN 37916-1613
865-546-4280

Call for additional information

The Tennessee Stage Company is a professional theater company and it presents the annual East Tennessee Shakespeare in the Park Festival and Knoxville New Play Festival. This professional theatre company also offers a year-round program of plays, readings, acting classes, and community outreach programs.

University of Tennessee School of Music – Concerts

1704 Johnny Majors Drive on UT campus

Knoxville, TN 37901

865-974-5678

Call for performance schedule

The UT School of Music offers over 100 free concerts a year.

Sports

Knoxville Ice Bears

Professional Hockey

Games played at the Knoxville Civic Center

865-521-9991

Call for game schedule and additional information

The Knoxville Ice Bears are a part of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League.

Knoxville Summit

Professional Women’s Football

Games played at Halls High School in Knoxville

865-455-4431

Call for game schedule and additional information

The Knoxville Summit is a fully licensed team of the National Women’s Football Association.

Tennessee Smokies AA Baseball

AA Baseball

Located in Sevierville, I-40, Exit 407

865-286-2300

The Tennessee Smokies is an AA baseball team affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals.

University of Tennessee Men’s Athletics Department

NCAA baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, swimming & diving, tennis and track & field programs.

865-656-1200 or 800-332-VOLS

Call for schedules and additional information

University of Tennessee Women’s Athletics Department

NCAA basketball, cross-country, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball programs.

865-974-0001

Call for schedules and additional information