Pensacola, Florida Travel Guide

With the Alabama border just some miles down the road, it’s easy to explain Pensacola’s vibe – a city that jumbles Florida brashness with laid-back Southern syrup. This is by far Panhandle’s most interesting city with a thrumming military culture, a Spanish-style downtown, lively beaches. Although urban-chic trends (craft cocktails, and locavores food) are taking root, many visitors still come to Pensacola primarily for a blue-collar and all-American vacation experience: bars serving cheap fried seafood and other local foods as well as white-sand beaches. Here are the top must-see attractions in Pensacola, Florida.

National Naval Aviation Museum

Your trip to Pensacola isn’t complete with visiting the enormous collection of military artifacts and aircraft muscle. Children and adults alike will be intrigued by the array of planes on display. There are also high technology items like an IMAX theater and flight simulators. You can watch the death-defying air show by the Blue Angels showing most Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Historic Pensacola Village

The rich colonial history of Pensacola spans over 450 years. This attractive and fascinating village is an enclave of historic homes that have been turned into museums. It is the ideal starting point for visitors to familiarize themselves with this city. Admission is valid for a week and includes entrance to each enclave and a guided tour.

Voices of Pensacola

Part interpretive center, part archive of oral history, the Voices of Pensacola is a museum that highlights through audio recordings and videos, the various cultural groups that have contributed to Pensacola.


Pensacola Museum of Art

Situated in the old jail of the city, this lovely museum features a growing and impressive collection of major twentieth and twenty-first-century artists, spanning folk art, pop art, realism, and cubism.

Pensacola Children’s Museum

Learn more about over 450 years of local history while also having fun in this compact museum that occupies 2 floors of the legendary Arbona building. The first level is perfect for younger children up to 9 years old while the second floor has a bit more to offer older children. Your children will definitely love it here.

Bay Bluff Park

This scenic 32-acre park is off the Pensacola Bluffs Highway and features wooden boardwalks that lead visitors along the steep bluffs’ side, as well as through clutches of Florida rosemary, pines, and live oaks to the beach down below. The drawback of the Bay Bluff Park is the persistent litter that is now an eyesore.

Knoxville, Tennessee Travel Guide

Dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as a ‘scruffy little city’, Knoxville is an increasingly polished and prominent destination for craft-beer, gastronomy, and outdoor enthusiasts. Typically, first-time visitors are enthralled by all the city offers. The easy walkability of the downtown area allows people to discover and explore historic sites, greenways, parks, art museums, local music, and vibrant murals. With a sophisticated mix of cuisine and culture, served with original hospitality, Knoxville will definitely surprise you. Here are the top must-see attractions in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Historic Market Square

One of the best things you can do in this city is visiting the Historic Market Square. Essentially, it is the hub or the heart of the downtown area with a great vibe and is also the place to be for live music, restaurants, and cafes. The market square is a great place to visit any time of the day but it comes alive at night. You can sit back in one of the camp chairs while enjoying the great music and a delicious meal.

Knoxville Farmers Market

The Knoxville Farmers Market is an open-air market with an emphasis on local produce. Everything at this market is made or grown by the East Tennessee region vendor. There are a wide variety of products on offer in this market, from coffee and delicious local food to artisan crafts and more. It’s a great way to kick off the weekend with its vibrant community atmosphere.

Maple Hall Bowling

This boutique bowling alley is located in the J. C. Penney Building in the heart of the city. It has a VIP room, cozy lounge areas, and a full-service bar. Maple Hall Bowling is more than a bowling alley, it is an experience. This place gets filled up very easily, so you can expect to wait a bit if you visit during peak hours.

Knoxville Visitors Center

Visit the Knoxville Visitors Center to experience something special. It has live music that is usually playing from Monday to Saturday at midday. The center’s wall features a nice mural of Knoxville, making it a cool place to take some photos.

The Sunsphere

Your visit to Knoxville is not complete without visiting the Sunsphere. Constructed for the World’s Fair in 1982, it is home to an observation deck and a full-service restaurant. At the end of the Fair, the Sunsphere was closed to the public and remained vacant for many years. The observation deck is on the 4th level and it offers a 360° view of the Smoky Mountains, the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee River, and the World’s Fair Park.