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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
Clarion Inn Knoxville
North Knoxville
2 hours ago 3 stars $59
Quality Inn East
East Knoxville - Strawberry Plains
5 hours ago 2 stars $64
Americas Best Value Inn and Suites Knoxville
West Knoxville
6 hours ago 2 stars $45
Super 8 Knoxville Downtown Area
North Knoxville
7 hours ago 2 stars $39
Hampton Inn & Suites Knoxville Papermill Drive
West Knoxville
8 hours ago 2 stars $98
West Knoxville
9 hours ago 3 stars $81
West Knoxville
10 hours ago 3 stars $77
Red Roof Inn & Suites Knoxville East
East Knoxville - Strawberry Plains
11 hours ago 3 stars $54
Hampton Inn & Suites-Knoxville/North I-75
North Knoxville
12 hours ago 2 stars $84
Red Roof Inn Knoxville University of Tennessee
West Knoxville
13 hours ago 2 stars $44

Recently Rated Knoxville Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Hampton Inn Knoxville-East
East Knoxville - Strawberry Plains
4.5 / 5
15 reviews
3 stars $119
Red Roof Inn Knoxville Central- Papermill Road
West Knoxville
2.8 / 5
40 reviews
2 stars $50
Red Roof Inn & Suites Knoxville East
East Knoxville - Strawberry Plains
3.7 / 5
71 reviews
3 stars $54
Courtyard Knoxville West/Bearden
West Knoxville
3.7 / 5
6 reviews
3 stars $98
Clarion Inn Knoxville
North Knoxville
3.4 / 5
51 reviews
3 stars $59
Red Roof Inn Knoxville University of Tennessee
West Knoxville
3.2 / 5
40 reviews
2 stars $44
BEST WESTERN PLUS Strawberry Inn & Suites
East Knoxville - Strawberry Plains
3.5 / 5
20 reviews
3 stars $71
La Quinta Inn & Suites Knoxville Strawberry Plains
East Knoxville - Strawberry Plains
3.6 / 5
15 reviews
3 stars $89
Quality Inn East
East Knoxville - Strawberry Plains
3.3 / 5
7 reviews
2 stars $64
Super 8 Knoxville Downtown Area
North Knoxville
2.7 / 5
62 reviews
2 stars $39

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 $54

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 $100

3 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 $99


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 $44

5 Red Roof Inn Knoxville University of Tennessee

2 stars
3.2 / 5 40 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 $88


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 $47

7 Super 8 Knoxville East

2 stars
2.8 / 5 20 reviews

7585 Crosswood Blvd

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* The Award Winning Pride of Super 8 Knoxville - East is conveniently located off of exit 398 on I-40 at Strawberry Plains Pike. We are centrally located with easy access to the shopping, business...

Needs some repairs
The refrigerator made as noise along with the air conditioner. The telephone didn't work nor did the lamp between the two beds. There was no conditioner and it smelled a little of stale cigarettes.
Jul 6, 2014
From $45

8 Americas Best Value Inn and Suites Knoxville

2 stars
3.4 / 5 17 reviews

11717 Campbell Lakes Drive

Americas Best Value Inn and Suites Knoxville offers the most value for your money when staying for business- pleasure- or just passing through. We are an AAA 2-Diamond hotel with clean spacious...

Decent stay and good value
Decent stop on the way from Pennsylvania down to Florida. The room was pretty good and the staff was helpful.
Apr 6, 2015
From $109

9 Knoxville Marriott

3 stars
4.0 / 5 17 reviews

501 E. Hill Avenue

Rate includes breakfast

Stay within walking distance of top Knoxville attractionsKnoxville Marriott Hotel guests can take breaks and stay only a few steps away from James White Fort or the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame...

Swim Meet
Great hotel, very clean, very comfortable beds. Quiet, great restaurants.
Jan 22, 2015
From $94

10 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

11 BEST WESTERN Knoxville Suites

3 stars
3.8 / 5 65 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...

Nice clean and spacious
I really enjoyed my stay at the Best Western it was like a home away from, the rooms are large and the beds are clean and comfortable. I will definitely stay again when I come back to work in...
Feb 9, 2015
From $119

12 Hampton Inn Knoxville-East

3 stars
4.5 / 5 15 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 $67

13 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 $71

14 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 $50

15 Red Roof Inn Knoxville Central- Papermill Road

2 stars
2.8 / 5 40 reviews

1315 Kirby Road

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Centrally located, Red Roof Knoxville Central is convenient to so many Knoxville attractions, yet its quiet suburban location is restful and relaxing. If youre here on business, downtown Knoxville,...

Visit alma mater university
Great experience! I came with a friend that came to visit his university that he completed degree about 30 years ago.. Red roof inn had the best deal during our visit best price and location
May 16, 2015
From $65

16 Quality Inn & Suites West Waterpark

2 stars
3.0 / 5 21 reviews

317 N. Cedar Bluff Rd.

The Quality Inn and Suites West Waterpark hotel features an indoor pool and water park, and daily hot breakfast. The hotel is conveniently located near shopping, dining and all Knoxville's major...

Great Family Getaway
Wonderful place to take your children... super clean and everyone was friendly!
Jan 24, 2015
From $77

17 BEST WESTERN PLUS Cedar Bluff Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 50 reviews

420 N Peters Road

Save 15% on your stay

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 $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 $49

19 Days Inn Knoxville North

2 stars
2.5 / 5 15 reviews

5335 Central Ave Pike

Stay 2 Nights, Save 15%

Easy Access off I-75 at Exit 108 - Merchant Road. Pets Accepted 20 dollars per pet per day. 4 Floors - all interior corridors. Microwaves and Fridges in all rooms. We have 75 Channels of Cable...

Good Value for a Large Family
We were very pleased with our suite, which had two beds and a sofa bed. Finding a suitable room for a family with a large number of children is difficult, as we found out elsewhere on our trip....
Oct 20, 2014
From $63

20 Baymont Inn & Suites Knoxville/Cedar Bluff

3 stars
3.9 / 5 23 reviews

209 Market Place Boulevard

Stay 3, Save 20%

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