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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
La Quinta Inn & Suites Knoxville Central Papermill
West Knoxville
28 minutes ago 3 stars $92
BEST WESTERN Knoxville Suites
North Knoxville
2 hours ago 3 stars $72
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Knoxville
West Knoxville
2 hours ago 2 stars $40
Red Roof Inn & Suites Knoxville East
East Knoxville - Strawberry Plains
5 hours ago 3 stars $59
Downtown Knoxville
5 hours ago 3 stars $94
Baymont Inn & Suites Knoxville/Cedar Bluff
West Knoxville
7 hours ago 3 stars $67
Ramada Knoxville
West Knoxville
9 hours ago 3 stars $59
Americas Best Value Inn and Suites Knoxville
West Knoxville
9 hours ago 2 stars $46
Travelodge Knoxville West
West Knoxville
11 hours ago 2 stars $50
Comfort Inn & Suites
West Knoxville
11 hours ago 2 stars $72

Recently Rated Knoxville Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Downtown Knoxville
4.1 / 5
38 reviews
3 stars $94
Rodeway Inn Knoxville
East Knoxville - Strawberry Plains
2.4 / 5
19 reviews
1 star $35
Super 8 Knoxville/West
West Knoxville
3.1 / 5
11 reviews
2 stars $50
Hilton Garden Inn Knoxville/University
Downtown Knoxville
3.7 / 5
3 reviews
3 stars $92
BEST WESTERN Knoxville Suites
North Knoxville
3.8 / 5
61 reviews
3 stars $67
Super 8 Knoxville Downtown Area
North Knoxville
2.6 / 5
55 reviews
2 stars $39
Downtown Knoxville
4.1 / 5
39 reviews
3 stars $93
Americas Best Value Inn and Suites Knoxville
West Knoxville
3.6 / 5
12 reviews
2 stars $42
Relax Inn Knoxville Merchants Drive
North Knoxville
2.7 / 5
16 reviews
2 stars $49
Extended Stay America - Knoxville - West Hills
West Knoxville
1.5 / 5
4 reviews
2 stars $59

Knoxville hotels

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From $47

1 Clarion Inn Knoxville

3 stars
3.2 / 5 37 reviews

5634 Merchant Center Blvd Map

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... More

spur of the moment getaway
The room was very clean an had everything we needed. But from the elevator thru the hallways it was in desperate need of a paint job. It had a real run down look. Every door in th hall was all...
Aug 10, 2014
From $67

2 BEST WESTERN Knoxville Suites

3 stars
3.8 / 5 61 reviews

5317 Pratt Road Map

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... More

Great room for a great price
I have no complaints. My husband and I stayed here for UT's home opener weekend and everything was perfect. The room was spotless, bed was comfortable, and the continental breakfast was great. We...
Sep 2, 2014
From $94


3 stars
4.1 / 5 38 reviews

401 West Summit Hill Drive Map

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... More

Perfect for visiting Knoxville.
We took a four day driving trip from NJ through the Appalachian Mountains, had a great time and the Knoxville Crowne Plaza was the jewel in the crown at the end of the trip.
Sep 9, 2014
From $67

4 Baymont Inn & Suites Knoxville/Cedar Bluff

3 stars
3.8 / 5 19 reviews

209 Market Place Boulevard Map

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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... More

great value
Clean and close to UTK. Beds were clean and comfortable. Pool was small and clean.
Aug 16, 2014
From $59

5 Red Roof Inn & Suites Knoxville East

3 stars
3.6 / 5 66 reviews

7525 Crosswood Blvd Map

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... More

Good value but...
There was no elevator - I was OK with being assigned to a room on 2nd floor, but others may not. Couldn't find it because directions didn't say which way to turn as you exited the highway. It was...
Aug 31, 2014
From $59

6 Ramada Knoxville

3 stars
3.4 / 5 42 reviews

7737 Kingston Pike Map

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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... More

Good place to stay when stopping for a night
Close to highway and some shops. Rooms are outdated but seem clean. Breakfast was not open at 8:30am on a Friday morning.
Aug 2, 2014
From $39

7 Super 8 Knoxville Downtown Area

2 stars
2.6 / 5 55 reviews

341 Merchants Drive Map

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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... More

Cheap and you'll stay alive.
Good Things: There were McDonald, iHop, Red Lobster, Taco Bell, a Chinese buffet, gas stations right next to the hotel. There was a grocery 10 minutes walking distance from the hotel. Bad...
Sep 2, 2014
From $60

8 Comfort Suites North

2 stars
4.2 / 5 5 reviews

5466 Central Ave Pike Map

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,... More

Great Value
Stopped here basically just to sleep on a cross country drive. Nice facilities, great price, convenient location. Not the best hotel I have ever stayed in but no real complaints other than the...
Sep 14, 2013
From $88


3 stars
3.9 / 5 14 reviews

9134 Executive Park Drive Map

West Knoxville Hotel's Guests Enjoy Recreation Center Commencing November 11, the Holiday Inn Knoxville West will begin a renovation of our entire property, starting with our guest rooms. Other... More

Felt like an old, non-updated dump. The sheets were pilled, the bathroom smelled like cigarette smoke, and there was a toothpaste ring from the previous occupant next to the lavatory. The saving...
Jul 2, 2014
From $105

10 Hilton Knoxville

3 stars
3.7 / 5 39 reviews

501 West Church Avenue Map

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... More

Good Hotel, small issues
Pretty great hotel close to everything. The only issue I the extra fee for the parking and no breakfast. Overall good experience.
Jul 14, 2014
From $93


3 stars
4.1 / 5 39 reviews

525 Henley Street Map

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... More

Great hotel near campus
Clean room. Extremely nice staff. Restraunt in lobby was great also. Good place to stay for game day
Sep 2, 2014
From $40

12 Knights Inn Knoxville TN

2 stars
3.1 / 5 17 reviews

722 Brakebill Rd. Map

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54 rooms. We are only 8 minutes from downtown Knoxville and only a 25 minute drive from Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Great Smoky Mountain National Park. We are within walking distance... More

No pool as seen in ad.
Picked this hotel because pictures showed Pool but once we got there they said they had forgot to take they pool pictures from their website. So was misleading if you plan on going for swim.
Jul 7, 2014
From $40

13 Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Knoxville

2 stars
2.9 / 5 45 reviews

309 N Peters Rd Map

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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... More

Good stay
I stayed 4 nights at this venue and considered it pretty good overall, especially for the price. I travel for work a lot and have stayed at all sorts of hotels/motels all over the country....
Aug 2, 2014
From $44

14 Red Roof Inn Knoxville Central- Papermill Road

2 stars
2.8 / 5 31 reviews

1315 Kirby Road Map

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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,... More

exactly what you would expect for the price, bare essentials, little comfort, but it is clean.
Jul 25, 2014
From $83

15 BEST WESTERN PLUS Strawberry Inn & Suites

3 stars
3.6 / 5 18 reviews

7260 Saddlerack Street Map

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... More

Adequate, helpful staff
Non-smoking room smelled smokey. Called front desk & clerk came right up. He said smell was coming from A/C & filter was dirty. However, hallway carpeting also had the smell. If you have allergies,...
Aug 10, 2014
From $90

16 La Quinta Inn & Suites Knoxville Central Papermill

3 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

1317 Kirby Road Map

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... More

La Quinta
New hotel very clean - next to sketchy hotel. Breakfast made both my kids sick to stomach layer on that morning. But room & staff were great.
Aug 2, 2014
From $49

17 Red Roof Inn Knoxville University of Tennessee

2 stars
3.2 / 5 35 reviews

209 Advantage Pl Map

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... More

Excellent Business Travelers Hotel - With One Flaw
The rooms have been recently updated, and the superior king is a bargain. The only issue I had is the Wireless Internet is somewhat unstable, and interruptions, although generally very short, can...
Aug 22, 2014
From $78

18 MainStay Suites Knoxville

3 stars
3.8 / 5 12 reviews

144 Merchants Drive Map

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... More

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 $82

19 La Quinta Inn & Suites Knoxville Strawberry Plains

3 stars
3.7 / 5 11 reviews

7210 Saddle Rack St Map

The La Quinta Inn & Suites-Knoxville East was recently named a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner! Searching for good Knoxville hotels? The La Quinta Inn & Suites Knoxville... More

Excellent location for our needs
Staff were very courteous. Room was clean. Bed was comfortable.
Aug 25, 2014
From $92

20 Hilton Garden Inn Knoxville/University

3 stars
3.7 / 5 3 reviews

1706 Cumberland Avenue Map

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

Located just minutes from the University of Tennessee, the friendly Hilton Garden Inn Knoxville/University hotel boasts an ideal location in the heart of Knoxville's business, medical and... More

Pretty good hotel
This Hilton Garden Inn is fairly nice, it's clean and had a very nice staff. It has no pool, no good view, and valet parking is mandatory- something that would be nice to know ahead of time. I was...
Sep 3, 2014