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Join the sports fans in Knoxville, Tennessee

In the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville is a great place to experience all that the South has to offer. Perhaps best known as the home of the University of Tennessee, its college football Saturdays are among the most celebrated in the country. However, its expansive parks —both the urban green spaces like World's Fair Park and the national parks beyond the city —make it a great host for annual events like Dogwood Arts Festival, along with world-class venues like the Tennessee Theatre and Knoxville Convention Center.

Places to visit

Neyland Stadium

College football fans make a beeline for this 102,455-seat stadium, the sixth-largest in the world, several times each fall, and the chorus of Tennessee country anthem “Rocky Top” can be heard across the city. If you're planning to book into Knoxville hotels from September through November, check the Tennessee Volunteers football schedule, as rooms are in very high demand around the game season.

World's Fair Park

Another famous site is World's Fair Park, which played host to the 1982 World's Fair. The mirrored globe of its Sunsphere tower dates back to that event and even played a role in an episode of The Simpsons. The observation deck reopened in May 2014 after decades of disuse, so visitors can now ride up to the 4th floor for views across the park's impressive geyser, fountains and a lawn that regularly plays host to concerts and festivals.

Gay Street

Downtown Knoxville's main thoroughfare, business district since the 18th century, Gay Street is now known for its arts vibe, being home to the biggest collection of the city's theaters. Many of these are on the National Register of Historic Places, so even if you're no thespian, check out places like the oldest commercial building in Knoxville, the Bijou Theatre—also rumored to be haunted by Union General William Sanders from the building's time as a Civil War hospital.

Annual events

Dogwood Arts Festival

April means the blooming of the local dogwood trees in Knoxville, and this is celebrated with the annual Dogwood Arts Festival, paying tribute to the arts, beauty and culture of the Appalachian region. See quilt-making done by the experts, bluegrass tunes performed by local bands or just tour the Knoxville dogwood trails for a scenic drive.

Knoxville Marathon

Experience the city at street level by entering the Knoxville Marathon or Half Marathon, which both take place in the spring. The more picturesque portions of the routes follow the Third Creek Greenway, finishing up at Neyland Stadium.


One of the South's most ambitious fireworks displays is held in Knoxville on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, and the event typically attracts more than 300,000 people. Live music and water shows kick off in the afternoon, while the sky lights up with rockets as soon as the sun sets.


Market Square has served as one of Knoxville's primary marketplaces ever since the 1850s. Selling items as varied as cocktail dresses and hiking boots, locals and visitors regularly pick up fresh produce at its farmer's market. For retail therapy of the more upscale kind, the busiest malls in the city are West Town Mall and Knoxville Center, formerly known as East Towne Mall.


Knoxville is near the convergence of Interstates 40 and 75 if you're on four wheels. Flying in? The McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) is around 12 miles south of Knoxville, serving cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit and Charlotte, N.C. As far as local transport goes, KAT provides a bus service to a variety of locations in the Knoxville metropolitan area, as well as trolley routes in the Downtown area.


Fortunately, Knoxville's summers are not quite as hot as elsewhere in the South, thanks to its elevation of 900 feet. It only reaches at least 90 degrees an average of 35 times a year. However, this also means winter temperatures are a bit colder than other places in the South and you may want to come prepared for showers, whatever the season.

Recently booked Knoxville hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Hilton Knoxville
Downtown Knoxville
4 hours ago 3 stars $124
Red Roof Inn & Suites Knoxville East
East Knoxville - Strawberry Plains
22 hours ago 3 stars $53
Red Roof Inn Knoxville University of Tennessee
West Knoxville
22 hours ago 2 stars $44
Baymont Inn & Suites Knoxville/Cedar Bluff
West Knoxville
1 day ago 3 stars $61
Downtown Knoxville
1 day ago 3 stars $81
Holiday Inn Express & Suites KNOXVILLE WEST - PAPERMILL DR
West Knoxville
1 day ago 3 stars $98
Clarion Inn Knoxville
North Knoxville
1 day ago 3 stars $59
Hilton Garden Inn Knoxville/University
Downtown Knoxville
1 day ago 3 stars $92
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Knoxville
West Knoxville
1 day ago 2 stars $43
West Knoxville
1 day ago 3 stars $77

Recently Rated Knoxville Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Red Roof Inn Knoxville - Merchants Drive
North Knoxville
2.8 / 5
22 reviews
2 stars $48
BEST WESTERN Knoxville Suites
North Knoxville
3.8 / 5
66 reviews
3 stars $72
Days Inn Knoxville West
West Knoxville
2.9 / 5
20 reviews
1 star $35
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites East
East Knoxville - Strawberry Plains
3.0 / 5
2 reviews
2 stars $54
Holiday Inn Express & Suites KNOXVILLE WEST - PAPERMILL DR
West Knoxville
4.3 / 5
6 reviews
3 stars $98
La Quinta Inn & Suites Knoxville Strawberry Plains
East Knoxville - Strawberry Plains
3.6 / 5
16 reviews
3 stars $84
Scottish Inns North Knoxville
North Knoxville
1.0 / 5
8 reviews
2 stars $39
Rodeway Inn Knoxville
East Knoxville - Strawberry Plains
2.4 / 5
20 reviews
1 star $47
Red Roof Inn Knoxville University of Tennessee
West Knoxville
3.2 / 5
41 reviews
2 stars $44
Hampton Inn Knoxville-East
East Knoxville - Strawberry Plains
4.5 / 5
16 reviews
3 stars $119

Featured Knoxville Hotels

From $59

1 Clarion Inn Knoxville

3 stars
3.4 / 5 51 reviews

5634 Merchant Center Blvd

Within minutes of Downtown Knoxville, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Expo Center, shopping malls and cinemas. within walking distance to 3 Chain restaurants. Hotel features meeting space...

A five star experience.
I stayed at the Clarion Inn, Knoxville with my wife in April, 2015. We had a reservation for a non-smoking room with a king size bed. The lobby, fitness room, breakfast area, common areas,...
May 5, 2015
From $53

2 Red Roof Inn & Suites Knoxville East

3 stars
3.7 / 5 71 reviews

7525 Crosswood Blvd

Convenient to so many Knoxville attractions and businesses! Knoxville East Red Roof Inn & Suites is also within a half hour drive of the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge! Were within a...

Heading to Dallas
The Red Roof Inn offered us just what we wanted -- a clean, affordable, convenient waypoint between NJ & Dallas. We would stay there again if we were passing through.
May 9, 2015
From $77


3 stars
4.0 / 5 50 reviews

420 N Peters Road

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Everyone should check the Great Smoky Mountains off their bucket list, and we make it a little easier at our Knoxville hotel with luxury bedding and competitive prices. Whether you're here for an...

Trip to Georgia
The hotel is absolutely fine, the only complaint is the traffic highway noise, it was very loud in the room I was staying in and I was not able to sleep. So I will not stay there again for this...
Apr 6, 2015
From $81


3 stars
4.1 / 5 46 reviews

401 West Summit Hill Drive

Stay in one of Knoxville, Tennessee's best known hotelsThe central location of the Crowne Plaza Knoxville Downtown University Hotel makes this an ideal retreat for travelers as well as business...

Great for stay for business trips. It's a bit noisy at times but overall it's good.
Mar 10, 2015
From $124

5 Hilton Knoxville

3 stars
3.8 / 5 42 reviews

501 West Church Avenue

Business-friendly hotel with Starbucks, two restaurants and a loungeThe Hilton Knoxville Downtown is located in the business district within walking distance of the University of Tennessee. The...

Great hotel!
Great boutique-style hotel. No "major chain" feel. Cozy, updated and sophisticated. Only Starbucks downtown is located in this hotel. We were advised to get a room on the upper floors to avoid any...
Jan 19, 2015
From $67

6 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Knoxville at Cedar Bluff, TN

3 stars
4.2 / 5 36 reviews

9137 Cross Park Drive

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West Knoxville hotel with two-room suites, free breakfast and InternetThe Country Inn & Suites by Carlson is located in the Cedar Bluff business district, near restaurants, golf and the Turkey...

Nice Hotel
Other reviews are accurate. It is nice, and I would return. One negative comment: I accidentally left my swimming suit in my room. I called the hotel 48 hours later, and they reported not having...
Apr 9, 2015
From $67

7 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Knoxville West, TN

3 stars
4.2 / 5 22 reviews

805 N. Campbell Station Road

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Located in the heart of West Knoxville and the fast growing Turkey Creek area. Located at Exit 373 off of I-40. The hotel offers many amenities for both the Business and Leisure traveler. The...

Very convenient
Ideally located for UT visits or ballgames, and plenty to do in turkey Creek area.
Mar 13, 2015
From $44

8 Red Roof Inn Knoxville University of Tennessee

2 stars
3.2 / 5 41 reviews

209 Advantage Pl

A great location for visiting Tennessees attractions! 13 miles from the University of Tennessee, Red Roof Knoxville University of Tennessee is just a half mile from Park West Medical Center and a...

Great stay!
I was in town for work. Stayed for 3 nights. Wonderful experience. The room was spacious, clean, and comfortable with everything you could need in the room. Carol at the front desk is super! She...
May 17, 2015
From $71

9 BEST WESTERN PLUS Strawberry Inn & Suites

3 stars
3.5 / 5 20 reviews

7260 Saddlerack Street

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Enjoy a delightful stay this Knoxville hotel, just minutes from downtown Knoxville,University of Tennessee and the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg/Great Smoky Mountains Resort area. The BEST WESTERN PLUS...

not happy
To start off the room wasn't ready at 3:00 Like it was supposed to be.Hot tub wasn't very hot like it should have been .Asked for smoke free room and we was put in one and couldn't get moved.poor...
Apr 17, 2015
From $61

10 Baymont Inn & Suites Knoxville/Cedar Bluff

3 stars
3.9 / 5 23 reviews

209 Market Place Boulevard

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Enjoy southern hospitality at this Baymont Inn and Suites Knoxville/Cedar Bluff hotel, just off Interstates 40 and 75 and convenient to the McGhee Tyson Airport, many restaurants, the Knoxville...

Good location, great restaurants very close.
This hotel was very comfortable, near good restaurants, just off the interstate, and had a great staff!! Will stay here again.
Feb 9, 2015
From $95

11 La Quinta Inn & Suites Knoxville Central Papermill

3 stars
3.0 / 5 2 reviews

1317 Kirby Road

There is a brand new hotel in Knoxville, TN and it's under a brand you can trust. This new addition to the La Quinta family is in the heart of West Knoxville. The La Quinta Inn & Suites Knoxville...

Nice rooms but with some significant drawbacks
Room was spotlessly clean but was lacking in some basic amenities that one would commonly find in lesser/cheaper motels. For example no luggage racks or sofa even though the room has the larger...
Sep 25, 2014
From $72

12 BEST WESTERN Knoxville Suites

3 stars
3.8 / 5 66 reviews

5317 Pratt Road

Free breakfast, paper and Internet buoy this all-suite Knoxville hotelThe Best Western Knoxville Suites offers suite-style rooms just outside of downtown Knoxville, near the University of Tennessee...

Neccessary trip
Clean, comfortable, pillows ok, breakfast was alright
May 28, 2015
From $96


3 stars
4.2 / 5 53 reviews

525 Henley Street

Knoxville hotel in World's Fair Park adjacent to the convention centerThe Holiday Inn Knoxville - Downtown is located in World's Fair Park just 25 steps from the Knoxville Convention Center and...

Business Trip
Excellent stay, Friendly customer service and great dinner recommendation! We even extended our stay a second night!
Feb 25, 2015
From $65

14 Ramada Knoxville

3 stars
3.4 / 5 46 reviews

7737 Kingston Pike

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The Ramada Knoxville is located in the heart of West Knoxville. Our property is conveniently located off Interstate 40 and 75 at exit 380. Our location offers the best selection for local shopping...

It was really good
The hotel is so comfortable and close the downtown .
Nov 22, 2014
From $78

15 MainStay Suites Knoxville

3 stars
3.8 / 5 13 reviews

144 Merchants Drive

Extended stay hotel conveniently located off interstate 75 located just 4 miles from downtown Knoxville and the Univeristy of Tennessee. All rooms feature Fully Equipped Kitchens and 32 LCD...

a quick stopover after a Luke Bryan concert. Late check in was very fast and employee very courteous for 12am. Room was HUGE!! nice kitchenette area. would have been perfect for a guys get away...
Mar 4, 2014
From $43

16 Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Knoxville

2 stars
2.9 / 5 50 reviews

309 N Peters Rd

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Just off Interstates 40 and 75 and adjacent to the Terrace Office Complex, this Microtel Inn by Wyndham Knoxville offers comfortable accommodations at an affordable rate. This hotel is minutes from...

Weekend Trip
Awesome for weekend getaway. No hassle and safe. Staff are great.
Mar 10, 2015
From $119

17 Hampton Inn Knoxville-East

3 stars
4.5 / 5 16 reviews

7445 Sawyer Lane

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

your relaxing retreat near the Great Smoky Mountains...welcome to the Hampton Inn Knoxville-East, TN.The Hampton Inn Knoxville-East, Tennessee hotel is centrally located between the downtown...

Business Trip
This is a nice hotel for a quick stay in Knoxville, TN. I was a little nervous heading up to the room as the elevators and hallways weren't that clean, but the room was perfectly fine. They put out...
May 17, 2015
From $39

18 Super 8 Knoxville Downtown Area

2 stars
2.7 / 5 62 reviews

341 Merchants Drive

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New Renovations 2006 Indoor corridors 105 spacious rooms Free Wireless High-speed Internet Walking distance to many fine dining, fast food restaurants, and shopping Free continental...

This motel was very convenient to our long-distance travel. Room was comfortable and nearby restaurants adequate for our needs. We will keep this place in mind for our future travels. - D
Apr 10, 2015
From $84

19 Hampton Inn Knoxville-West At Cedar Bluff

3 stars
4.1 / 5 16 reviews

9128 Executive Park Dr.

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

discover true Southern hospitality...welcome to the Hampton Inn Knoxville-West At Cedar Bluff, TN.Rustic Appalachian wilderness meets upscale metropolitan entertainment to make the Hampton Inn®...

Great Location
Great location and close to a lot of restaurants and shopping center. Perfect for family or couple for a visit. The breakfast was also not bad.
Mar 2, 2015
From $73

20 Comfort Suites North

2 stars
4.0 / 5 6 reviews

5466 Central Ave Pike

100 percent non-smoking hotel. Experience the ambience of the all suite luxurious hotel located near the University of Tennessee and downtown Knoxville. All spacious guest room features microwave,...

get together with daughter and grandkids
hot tub was not working and pool was small-staff was nice-breakfast was okay-small parking lot to park-place location was okay.
Jan 6, 2015