There are so many things to love about our city. Located on the Tennessee river and just one hour from the nation’s most visited national park, Knoxville is a city of great opportunity. From the sprawling suburbs to the lively and artistic downtown atmosphere, from the hiking trails and breweries, Knoxville has something for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite things about our Scruffy City.
There is always something to do in downtown Knoxville. Historic Gay Street is home to centuries-old theaters, music venues, a upscale bowling alley and countless eateries. Just one street over, connected by a beautiful park full of sculptures from local artists, Market Square musicians play music and kids play in water fountains in the summer and on an ice rink in the winter. The Old City hosts distilleries and concert venues, as well as the most beautiful apartment buildings and office spaces in Knoxville.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Knoxville is nestled in the valley of the Smoky Mountains, only an hour’s drive away from some of the best views and hiking in the South. The park is home to gorgeous and unique wildlife, and offers all visitors beautiful sights and outdoor experiences. The best place to experience the changing of the leaves in the fall is no doubt in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. In addition, living only about 45 minutes away from Dollywood and an hour from Gatlinburg provides the perfect opportunity for spontaneous day trips.
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Knoxville is home to the University of Tennessee, which keeps the city young, as well as makes the atmosphere lively when football season is in full swing. In addition, Knoxville is home to hundreds of non-profit organizations and ministries. Ijams Nature Center provides locals the opportunity to explore the outdoors, and is conveniently located in North Knoxville, so you can go from downtown to a hiking trail in less than 15 minutes. The size of the city is encouraging to entrepreneurship because it is a small city with big opportunities to network; it’s a big city with a small town feel.