Day Trip Ideas

Music & More

Quality Time

  • Grab a cup of coffee and a pastry at Coffee & Chocolate.
  • Stroll over to Market Square for some great local shopping
  • Enjoy a free live concert with WDVX at NOON at the Visitors Center
  • Venture over to Zoo Knoxville where the giraffes eat right out of your hand
  • Watch the sun go down from the observation deck at the Sunsphere at World’s Fair Park
  • Savor the flavor of Knoxville with waterfront dining at Calhoun's

Shop ’Til You Drop

  • Start strong at the Shops at Turkey Creek, home to more than 300 stores, restaurants and entertainment options
  • Next stop the District of Bearden for great boutique shopping
  • Head downtown to Market Square and the Old City for more fun finds
  • Enjoy dinner and drinks on a downtown patio or rooftop

Bikes and Brews

History and Heritage

  • Gear up for the day with breakfast at Pete's Diner  on Union Ave, a local favorite for more than 31 years
  • Walk a block over to see the award-winning exhibits East Tennessee History Center (genealogy buffs, THIS is the place for you)
  • Head a few blocks down Gay Street to purchase a Historic Homes Tour Pass at the Knoxville Visitors Center
    • From log cabins to frame houses to stately stone mansions with rich Civil War history, these seven Knoxville landmarks invite you into the past to experience the times and events that shaped them and the families who occupied them.
  • Enjoy a Dinner Cruise on the Tennessee River aboard the Star of Knoxville Riverboat or the Volunteer Princess.  Both offer private and public cruises with various themes and price points.