My husband is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. A town I have grown to love over the last few years of being with him. He first took me here in 2012 and I went back year after year ever since. The town is your typical college town, but it is also so much more than that. This town has come to feel like my 2nd home and I town that I love to escape to and visit. The town is just a short drive away from the Great Smoky Mountains, also a short drive always from towns such as Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Below are 10 places that my husband recommends going. Some of which I have been to and others I have yet to visit. I am thrilled to talk about a town I think so highly about.
Top 10 places to go in Knoxville, Tennessee:
The shiny ball like structure that you see in the picture below is called the Sunsphere. This was built by the world’s fair in 1982, as the world’s fair was hosted in this very city. The Sunsphere has a restaurant in the top of it and you can go up in it but not to the very top. The observation deck is on the 4th floor. The Sunsphere is located in the world’s fair park. This structure is easily seen from the highway and very neat to see up close.
2.) Market Square
Market Square is located in downtown Knoxville. The market is in the shape of a square and has tons of shops in it. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars to go to at night. I have never personally been here but my husband enjoyed going to Market Square often. This market Square was established in 1854.
3.) Ye Olde Steakhouse
My husband highly recommends this place. The restaurant burnt down several years ago, but was rebuilt and opened back up for business. This restaurant has been opened since 1968 and is a Knoxville favorite. My husband says their signature meal is filet and baked potato. He also recommends the hot homemade bread and their desserts are homemade.
4.) Copper Cellar
This place was hands down amazing. My husband took his family and I here for the Sunday brunch. I was completely amazed that they had it all for brunch. There are two locations for this restaurant, one is downtown and the other is located in west Knoxville. I highly recommend the Sunday brunch, as it is highly known for their amazing brunch.
5.) Calhouns on the River
This restaurant is amazing because it offers good food and a good view. This restaurant is known for their BBQ and because it is located on the river. My husband recommends getting their BBQ, pulled pork sandwiches or hamburgers. This location is near Neyland Stadium which I will discuss further down. My husband and I went to a different location for this restaurant, but I highly recommend it.
6.) Buddy’s BBQ
I am from Kansas City (known for their amazing BBQ), so I know great BBQ. Buddy’s is a chain restaurant that is local to and in Knoxville. This restaurant is known for their hush puppies, hot fudge sundaes and BBQ. I was completely amazed when I first had Buddy’s BBQ. I always ask to go back there every time we go back to Knoxville.
7.) Neyland Stadium
This is home to the University of Tennessee Volunteers football team. This stadium is the third largest football stadium in the United States. My husband has been to several games here and highly recommends this if you love college football like he does.
8.) Cotton Eyed Joes
This is a country bar and restaurant, which the main attraction live music and line dancing. This bar was recognized by the Academy of Country Music for a nomination of Night Club of the Year. My husband has danced here several times and spent many of his younger years there. Beware of the strobe lights if you have a medical condition.
9.) Alumni Hall
This is a store where you can get all the Tennessee Volunteers gear your heart desires. If you are anything like me, I love collecting shirts from any place I visit. Each time my husband and I go back to Tennessee we have kept to a tradition of getting a new shirt each time. The staff is super friendly and always willing to give a helping hand. The store is always also easy to find things in, I have even been there on Black Friday and can easily say I have found what I was looking for and more!
10.) Knoxville Zoo
Knoxville Zoo is located in downtown Knoxville. They are currently doing new renovations and additions to the zoo. Many of the animals were out and about, as we were just there over Thanksgiving. This is a great place to go for families with children and even adults who love the zoo! This zoo has 53 acres to it and has over 800 animals in it. The Knoxville Zoo has been opened since 1935. The zoo costs $20 USD per person (adult) and $17 USD (kid and over 65+) to get in, as well as $5 USD to park.
As you can see Knoxville, Tennessee is a really pretty place to go. Especially in the fall months as the trees change colors. That is when I usually love to go here and go to the mountains for the vibrant fall colors. Tennessee also has some amazing sunsets and sunrises. I have been to many of the places listed above, but each time I go back I discover something new. I always love going back to a place and discovering something new. If you ever find yourself in or near Knoxville, Tennessee I hope this list helps you to find places to discover.
Stay tuned tomorrow to learn what to pack for a cruise. Next week I will have a travel review of 2017 and my travel goals and plans for 2018. I will also be writing a piece about the state of Missouri. Stay tuned! See you soon.
Have you ever been to Tennessee? If so, what are some of your favorite memories of the state? I would love to hear about them, let me know in the comments below.