So, you’re on vacation in Knoxville, Tennessee and the one thing you know you love to do on every trip no matter where you go is to sample the local delicacies. However, this year you want to do something a bit more fun than simply eating your way through town and so you are looking for any side attractions that may be a bit of fun. Here are three things which many past visiting foodies say you should do in the Gateway to the Great Smokey Mountains.
1. Explore the Great Outdoors
Nowhere in the region can you enjoy the great outdoors quite like you can in Knoxville. It isn’t called the “Gateway to the Great Smokey Mountains” for nothing. From abandoned quarries to foothills of the Smoke Mountains, there are plenty of places to do a bit of climbing and if that gets a bit too challenging for you, take a hike through some of the most spectacular countryside while getting an up-close look at wildlife in their natural habitat. Go paddling in the summer or for the thrill of your life, try your hand (and the rest of you as well!) at the Navitat Zipline Adventure Park. If you’re a thrill seeker, that’s the place to go.
2. Join the Fun at a Breakout Room
These rooms are some of the most fun experiences you could imagine. The Knoxville escape rooms are set up to recreate some of literatures finest mysteries and here you will be able to solve mysteries, find kidnappers or even find all the hidden secrets a room holds in one hour or less. The object is to solve the mystery in the allotted time so that you can escape the locked room you are in. Along with other players, you are locked in, given the backdrop and then told to solve the mystery. Go alone or play with others but the only way to get the puzzle solved in an hour’s time is to work together. Breakout rooms are some of the most fun you can have while taking another kind of break – a break from all that delicious southern cooking you’ll find right here in Knoxville.
3. Enjoy One of Many Festivals in Knoxville
Throughout the year, there are many festivals to enjoy. For example, in the fall you might be there in time to catch the Fall Fest or the Furry Fall Festival to be held in early November each year. Bring your canine friend along to meet other dog lovers. Whether you are looking to adopt a pet or get information on raising domesticated animals, this is where you’ll actually have fun sharing that food with your four-legged BFF. Remember, food is something a foodie rarely likes to share!
No, it isn’t Nashville, but Knoxville is packed with things to do totally unrelated to C&W. Foodies love this 3rd largest city in Tennessee simply because it’s a different kind of tourist who happens by. They aren’t looking to meet the stars or go to the Grand Ole Opry, but they are looking to find some of that good old fashioned southern hospitality served up with some of the most delicious biscuits and country gravy the world has ever tasted. Spend some time outdoors working up an appetite. You’ll be so glad you did because nowhere will you taste southern cooking quite like you will here in the heart of Tennessee.