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Knoxville Tennessee may once have been a scruffy 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 that it may have lacked in years gone by. With the cheapest flights to Knoxville just a click away, you’ll be winging your way to this Southern gem with the greatest of ease.

Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details

  • South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Knoxville, Tennessee, and anywhere else in the USA. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
  • The nearest South African Consulate to Knoxville is the South African Consulate-General in New York City. 333 East 38th Street, 9th Floor, New York, 10016. Phone: + 1 212 213 4880. Website:

See and do

Knoxville’s no New York City, but for a town of its size, there’s a great selection of cultural attractions to put on your to-do list. The four, 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.
Architecturally speaking, you’ll find great 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’s browse.
For souvenir shopping you’ll have more luck in the Old City, where quirky boutiques offer more unique items than Knoxville-branded tees. Gay Street, the original centre of Knoxville life, has a few shopping highlights as well, and promises more to come as it continues to grow. Popular Knoxville souvenirs include local sports team merchandise, as well as CDs of folk music produced in the area.
Apart from its own attractions (of which there are many), Knoxville is also 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, making the city a perfect base from which to explore the region.
Speaking of exploration, public transport in Knoxville is limited, with buses and trolleys covering some, but not the entire city. The free trolley system running between major tourist attractions is a nice touch, and the late-night service running from Old City is perfect when you’ve been out on the town. If you’re looking to head further out, however, general consensus is that hiring a car is the way to go.

Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport – TYS

Food and beverage: There are several restaurants and cafés at McGhee Tyson Airport, most of which can be found on the second level.
Currency Exchange: There are no currency exchange facilities at McGhee Tyson Airport, but there are a few ATMs from which you can withdraw US dollars.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. The airport Lost & Found, located on the ground floor, handles all items lost within the terminals. They can be contacted on +1 865 342 3000.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Fairfield Inn, Comfort Suites, Country Inn & Suites, Candlewood Suites, Courtyard by Marriott and Hilton.
Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.

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