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.
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.