Explore Knoxville & Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee’s third largest city, is located on the Tennessee River in eastern Tennessee and is home to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Knoxville has a long list of things to do, which includes everything from historical tours to outdoor adventure. Discover fine food, festivals, award-winning theatres and music for everyone. More>

The state of Tennessee comprises two U. S. time zones, the Eastern time zone and the Central time zone. Knoxville is located in the U. S. Eastern time zone, and during July, Knoxville will be observing Eastern Daylight Time.

Tennessee, the Volunteer State, appeals to many travelers, offering breathtaking scenery and nature parks, music history galore, family theme and adventure parks and much, much more. While you’re in Tennessee for this year’s Topical Meeting, Advancing Precision in Additive Manufacturing, take some time out to enjoy what Tennessee has to offer.

Eastern Tennessee

Gatlinburg, a small eastern Tennessee mountain town with a population of 4,000 is an entryway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Besides the Park, Gatlinburg’s attractions, including the Gatlinburg Space Needle, the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway, the kid-friendly diversions like Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre are must see destinations. More>

Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Tennessee-North Carolina border offers over 800 miles of hiking trails, including some that take you to waterfalls like Abrams, Grotto and Laurel falls. This most-visited national park in the USA, home to about 1,500 wild black bears, also provides ample opportunities to fish, bike, ride horses and camp. More>

Pigeon Forge, 8 miles northwest of Gatlinburg is, home to many unique attractions, such as Outdoor Gravity Park, Goats On The Roof, Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, WonderWorks and Hollywood Wax Museum outposts and the interactive Titanic Pigeon Forge museum. More>

Beyond Eastern Tennessee

Memphis played a significant role in developing the blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll musical genres, so much so that artists like Elvis Presley, W.C. Handy and Otis Redding recorded songs here. Attractions such as Graceland, Sun Studio and the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum are must sees. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum, which occupies the former Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, to learn more about this important period in American history. More>

Nashville, the Country Music Capital of the World (and the Capital of Tennessee), brings country music fans to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and see big-name musicians perform at the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium. More>

(Source: Tennessee Map)