Knoxville Journals

Fouth Of July In The Knoxville Area

A July 2004 trip to Knoxville by CLEdwards

Smokey Mountain National Park Photo, Knoxville, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: I spent the 4th of July weekend this year in the Knoxville area visiting friends and seeing the Smokey Mountains.

Fouth Of July In The Knoxville Area

Overview

4th of July Celebration Photo, Knoxville, Tennessee
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We hit the downtown area in Knoxville for bars and a little shopping. The highlight of our trip was going to the Smokey Mountain National Park. That was amazing - you should definitely drive through there with some bluegrass on the radio for the complete feel. We stopped in Gatlinburg for lunch and just had a ball on a nice, relaxing trip.

Quick Tips:

We picked up free maps of the national park in the visitors center - it helped a lot.

Best Way To Get Around:

A car is a must-have - especially if you want to see any of the surrounding areas.
Smokey Mountain National Park Photo, Knoxville, Tennessee
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The blue haze of the Smokeys are amazingly beautiful. The drawback to that is if you're not there on a clear day, it will be too hazy to see from the highest peaks. We saw Cade's Cove when the late afternoon light hit the green valley and cast beautiful colors everywhere. Stop off and see the old log cabins and all the extra buildings it took to run a household back then. This is a serene destination, with lots of hiking trails and creeks - but it can also be enjoyed from the comforts of your car. A true must-see!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2004

Smokey Mountain National Park
Tennessee / North Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee

American Museum of Science & Energy

Attraction | "Oak Ridge, TN (& museum)"

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We hit the museum in Oak Ridge. I have to admit that I thought it would be a snoozer, but the museum was fascinating. Did you know that the former residents of Black Oak Ridge in TN were forced out of their family homes with 10 days notice so that the military could build Oak Ridge National Labs (where work on the atomic bomb occurred)? If you're interested in science or in World War II at all, this is a must see! I never knew all the scare tactics that the US government used during WWII, or the hardships that our grandparents endured - you will be AMAZED at the housing conditions.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 29, 2004

American Museum of Science & Energy
300 S. Tulane Avenue
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830
(865) 576-3200

Preservation Pub

Attraction

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http://www.preservationpub.com/
This is a great place to grab a drink and see a band. The walls are decorated with great quotes from famous people about drinking - read all of them - they're a riot.
The best part is that some of the proceeds go towards the preservation of downtown Knoxville.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 29, 2004

Preservation Pub
28 Market Square
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
(865) 524-2224

Union Jack's

Attraction

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This place has HUNDREDS of beers from around the world - most of which I had never heard of. I wished they had had some of the more popular English ales, though. The place is definitely a townie bar - you either love it or hate it. It's down-to-earth and casual - don't bother dressing up or you'll be out of place. There's not a lot nearby.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 29, 2004

Union Jack's
124 Northshore Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919
(865) 584-5161