The third-largest city in Tennessee, Knoxville - although not as illustrious as Memphis or Nashville - is well worth a visit. Serving as Tennessee's capital from its admission into the Union in 1796 until 1817, early reports of Knoxville described it as an "alternately quiet and rowdy river town." Modern-day visitors to Knoxville - just three hours east of Nashville on Interstate 40 - have plenty of attractions to choose from. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a stone's throw away, while downtown Knoxville - the venue for the 1982 World's Fair, which brought 11 million visitors to this compelling city on the banks of the Tennessee River - boasts the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, and the historic Tennessee Theatre. Knoxville is also home to the University of Tennessee: if at all possible, try get a ticket to a UT Vols football game. Their fanatical, orange-clad supporters are a sight to behold on game-days; filling the 100,000-seat Neyland Stadium with ease, and raising a cacophony that can be heard right around the city. The downtown area known as the Jackson Avenue Warehouse District - immortalised by Cormac McCarthy's sprawling novel Suttree - is an invigorating place to walk around, full of soot-blackened buildings, jazz bars, and funky home-style restaurants.
Address: Visitor's Centre: 301 South Gay Street, Knoxville
Telephone: Visitor's Centre: (865) 523-7263