Knoxville, Tennessee may once have been a grungy little town, but the birthplace of Quentin Tarantino has undergone a dramatic metamorphosis in recent years. More and more young people are flocking to its trendy, industrial lofts and apartments, and Downtown’s social scene has flourished. Theatres, cafés, nightclubs and bars buzz throughout the week, giving the city a vibrancy and polish it previously lacked.
There is a great selection of cultural attractions to put on your to-do list. The historic Downtown theatres offer live concerts, plays and symphonies throughout the year and the Museum of Art has a wonderful collection of post-modern pieces.
For those with an eye for architecture, you’ll find beautiful Victorian houses in Fort Sanders, and a variety of styles in the social hub of Old Town. Market Square is another historic feature worth visiting, and its twice-weekly farmers’ markets make for a lively morning browse. For souvenir shopping, quirky boutiques in the Old City offer unique souvenirs to take home.
Knoxville is a gateway to the Smoky Mountains National Park – one of the largest of its kind in the United States. This nature-lover’s paradise and hiker’s dream is a mere 30 minutes from the centre of town. Also, a scenic drive to Cades Cove is a real treat, offering gorgeous views of Tennessee’s natural landscapes.
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