With an episode of The Simpsons to call their own and as the birthplace of Johnny Knoxville and Quentin Tarantino, the city of Knoxville, Tennessee is quite legendary. But more than that: it’s actually well worth your time and your visit!
Knoxville is a relatively small city in the east of Tennessee. And it is cool! Not because it has the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame* – because, let’s be honest, that’s ridiculous (not women’s basketball, but the hall of fame) – but because it’s hip, lively, musically wonderful, small and cosy, and has the Sunsphere that got featured in a popular episode of The Simpsons. You know the one where Bart, Milhouse, Martin and Nelson take a road trip and end up crashing into the Sunsphere, just to find out the sphere itself is filled with wigs. Also: the University of Tennessee, based in Knoxville, has a kick-ass football team. Although not as good as Florida’s team, if I remember the result of their last battle correctly.
But what should you definitely see/do in Knoxville? Well, you should get drinks and food downtown. The downtown area is very lively, very cool. Here you’ll find the amazing Oliver Hotel, which I would recommend staying at if you’re looking for a boutique hotel. Here you’ll find the Tennessee Theatre, which is one of the prettiest theaters I’ve ever seen in my life. True story! Here you’ll find Artist Alley with tons of street art. Here you’ll find live music venues which will blow your mind, as long as you’re into country music. But com’on, you wouldn’t go to Tennessee if you’re not into country, would you?
What else? Friendly people, great food (and a lot of it), the best barber shop in America (Frank’s), beautiful parks, great outdoor sports, hip farmers’ markets, … I truly had a great time here! (Sorry to keep it so short and simple today, folks. Little time, you know.)
For more info: VisitKnoxville.
*I’m thinking of taking back these words. You see, the building the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is situated in has an enormous basketball on the roof. And by enormous I mean: the largest basketball in the world. Pretty sweet!