The original capital of Tennessee and host of the 1982 World's Fair, Knoxville is a city with both a booming Downtown and easy access to outdoor adventure. Visitors flying into Knoxville TYS Airport are immediately faced with a choice: head straight into the city center or seek up nature in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Luckily, it’s easy to combine the many activities and sights the city has to offer with some explorations into the wild. Simply pick up a rental car upon your arrival and enjoy the flexibility of going where you want to go, when you want to go.
With 4,500 acres of green and open spaces, Knoxville offers plenty of opportunities to go for a walk in the park, have a picnic, or take the kids to a playground. Make sure to visit the Sunsphere observation deck at the World’s Fair Park, from which you get a 360° view of the city. The park is often the scene of festivals and performances, but even when there’s nothing on, it’s easy to keep yourself entertained running around the interactive fountains.
Had too much fun at the fountains? Don’t worry, there’s quite a bit of shopping to be done in and around Knoxville, so you’re sure to find a new outfit. Walk around Market Square in Downtown or drive your car out to the West Town Mall for all well-known retailers, like Sephora and Forever 21.
For a more educational experience, head to one of the city’s many historical sites. Places like Blount Mansion and High Ground Park give insight into the Civil War, while James White’s Fort offers visitors a look into the home of an early settler and the Beck Cultural Exchange Center focuses on the history and culture of Afro-American in East Tennessee and beyond.
Let all that information sink in while enjoying a cool beer at one of the breweries on the Knoxville Ale Trail. The Schulz Brau Brewing Company makes German lagers while Crafty Bastard Brewery creates experimental beers with locally sourced products. There are many others to choose from and many breweries/bars also offer meals, so you can easily hang around for dinner.
From the lively Downtown to the outer city shopping malls and the surrounding nature reserves, Knoxville will have you eager to explore the area from top to bottom. With our vehicle options and budget friendly prices at Orbitz, opting for a rental car is an easy choice to make. Grab your suitcase and get ready for a trip to one of Tennessee’s most diverse cities.