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Home to the largest university in Tennessee, located alongside the rolling Tennessee River and nestled right in the middle of the state, Downtown Knoxville has a wealth of Southern U.S. cultural sites, sports locations, and other surprises just waiting to be uncovered. Discover the things that made this city great, and still continue to do so, such as a lively country music scene typical to Tennessee and a whole host of fascinating galleries, sites, and museums telling the story of the city and state.

Hotels in Downtown Knoxville

There’s a great range of budget Downtown Knoxville hotels available both in the heart of downtown itself and outside the university. The Hilton Garden Inn Knoxville is a popular location right by the institution. Keep up to date with business with meeting facilities and workstations, and relax afterwards in the hotel’s own bar and patio. The downtown Hilton Knoxville is another highly-rated hotel, providing affordable Downtown Knoxville accommodation next to all the attractions. Upgrade your accommodation with a stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Knoxville hotel, and make the most of the indoor pool, gym, health club, and valet parking.

Things to see in Downtown Knoxville

Knoxville hosted the 1982 World’s Fair, and you can still visit the site today, which has been restored to its former glory. Gaze in wonder at the sunsphere, and sit under the canopies as you enjoy the spectacular water features. If you want to travel further back in time, the East Tennessee History Center lets you uncover all the pieces of history that make the state what it is today. From Native American settlements to the Civil War, industrial innovations, and country music legends, experience life at every stage of Tennessee’s development, with special exhibits that include an old-time pharmacy and an authentic early 20th-century streetcar to climb aboard. And sports fanatics can watch a game at the impressive Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee. The 8th largest stadium in the world, this location is a regular host to major NFL games, and also local play-offs with Knoxville’s own Tennessee Volunteers.

Great for budget travelers

Travelers looking for authentic Tennessee history and culture on a budget will love a trip to Downtown Knoxville. Choose from accommodation in Downtown Knoxville and save on your vacation without compromising on quality, while enjoying top-class museums and exhibits. Downtown Knoxville is also a great destination for group activities. Support the local football team at the stadium, or wander around the former World’s Fair Park with friends. Business travelers will also appreciate being right in the city center and nearby university buildings and conference centers, and several Downtown Knoxville B&Bs also have business facilities available.

How to get to Downtown Knoxville

Knoxville’s closest airport is McGhee Tyson Airport. From here, it’s a 20-minute drive or cab ride to Downtown Knoxville. If you’re driving in, the city is also connected by westbound route 40 and southbound route 75. The westbound route also links the city to Tennessee’s country music center and capital city, Nashville, which is just over 2 and a half hours away. You can reach Atlanta in 3 hours by driving along route 75. It’s also possible to travel to Downtown Knoxville by bus—Megabus links Knoxville to cities such as Washington D.C., Chattanooga, and Cleveland.