Knoxville is the seat of Knox County and is home to around 178,900 people, making it the third largest city in the state of Tennessee. Settled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, against the banks of the Tennessee River, Knoxville features the ideal blend of urban life and rural charm. With its natural beauty and southern hospitality, Knoxville boasts a diversity and history that colors every inch of its friendly community. Visitors can experience everything from fantastic outdoor-recreation to fine art, and residents have access to all the modern amenities one could imagine; all amounting to a superb quality of life.
Visit the Knoxville Museum of Art to explore the art and artists of East Tennessee, head to the Carpetbag Theatre for non-profit African-American theatre; or enjoy the magnificent tunes of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra with its stellar artist and superstar entertainers.
Fans of country music will not want to miss stopping by the Cotton Eyed Joe's, which is widely considered one of the top country-dance clubs in the country. Head straight to the line dance or practice your skills in a variety of classes held almost every night. If you're a wallflower who would rather chill with a cold beer, the club offers a large selection of bar games throughout the establishment.
If you happen to arrive between May and August, you may join some of the finest jazz players in town for a weekly series of outdoor performances in Market Square.
And those who are into blues have plenty to rejoice in, as the WDVX Blue Plate Special features a live performance radio show every noon, Monday through Saturday, at the Knoxville Visitor Center.
Families can go on a full day of adventures at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center, located at the Knoxville's downtown waterfront, a hub for outdoor recreation and activities. Try stand-up paddle board or canoeing, or rent a bike and explore the trails.
Kids may enjoy a visit to the Knoxville Zoo, where visitors can experience wildlife up close. The zoo is home to more than 800 of the world's most fascinating animals, including giraffes, elephants, gorillas and chimpanzees. It is noteworthy that the Knoxville Zoo is famous for its successful breeding of baby Red Pandas, which has dubbed it the Red Panda Capital of the World.
Not to forget, Knoxville is a shopper's paradise. Explore the eclectic boutiques and vintage shops or head to your favorite brand stores Knoxville has it all. Downtown's Market Square is filled with unique local shops, as well as an abundance of well-known anchor establishments like Urban Outfitters. Stop by the West Knoxville's Bearden Districts and Shops at Turkey Creek; two giant shopping meccas that you surely won't leave empty-handed.