Knoxville Journals

Don't Knock Knoxville - Tennessee's Third City

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A travel journal to Knoxville by KDKerr

Cotton Eyed Joe Photo, Knoxville, Tennessee More Photos
Quote: For 22 years, I called Knoxville home. It is a mid-sized city located about an hour away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tennessee is bordered by eight states, more states nieghbor it than anywhere else in the country, and auto travelers usually pass through Knoxville on their way to the Southeastern U.S. College football is practically a religion in the Southeast, and the blood of Knoxville's residents runs orange. The city is home to the main campus of The University of Tennessee, and its football and womens basketball teams are always among the nation's best. Please note that wearing anything with a University of Flordia logo on it could put you in a life threatening situation. Nature lovers will find Knoxville especially pleasing. There are mountains, valleys, and lakes spread throughout the area. The city experiences all four seasonal climates from hot, humid summers to bitingly cold winters. Autumn is a time to behold with a full palette of fall colors appearing on the landscape. Knoxville also famously hosted the 1982 World's Fair which was the backdrop for a hilarious episode of The Simpsons called "Bart on the Road" (Season 7, Episode 21). A fictional fraternity at The University of Tennessee was also featured in the movie "Road Trip."

Don't Knock Knoxville - Tennessee's Third City

Overview

Tonic Photo, Knoxville, Tennessee
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I have yet to dine there, but for 2005, Metro Pulse readers voted Tomato Head the "Best of the Best Restaurant" in their annual Best of Knoxville list. From everything I've heard and read, there is nothing bad to be said about this eatery. It's on my "to do" list for my next visit, and I'm going in with very high expectations. Typically, I loathe bars that feature live bands rather than a DJ. In my experience, most local cover bands make me hate the songs that, up until that point, I loved. Fortunately, my friends pressured me into going to Knoxville's Preservation Pub to see a group called The Throwbacks. They are four veteran music...Read More

Cotton Eyed Joe

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Attraction

Cotton Eyed Joe Photo, Knoxville, Tennessee
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If you love the movie "Road House" starring Patrick Swayze, this is the closest thing to the Double Duece you will probably ever find. You'll know you are someplace special once you have parked and notice the mounted watchmen ready to scare away any Chevy rustlers who might be in the area. The Cotton Eyed Joe is the largest nightlife venue in Knoxville. It's where urban cowboys and cowgirls congregate to line dance the night away, but a variety of music to suit every taste will be played during the evening. If you are intent on remaining a wallflower, a large selection of bar games (pool, darts, etc.) is available throughout the establishment. Also, it wouldn't be a truly redneck exper...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 7, 2005

Cotton Eyed Joe
11220 Outlet Dr.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37932
(865) 675-4563

UT Football

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Attraction | "UT Football & Neyland Stadium"

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According to the September 16, 2004 edition of Sports Illustrated On Campus, the University of Tennessee (UT) ranked as the #1 Best College Football Weekend. If you hate the color orange, you probably will want to steer clear of Neyland Stadium, the home of University of Tennessee football, on Saturday afternoons. There is a very humorous story as to why Tennessee chose the color orange. It's so our fans can wear the same clothes for hunting on Sunday and picking up trash along the highway during the week. Neyland Stadium is the second largest stadium in the nation (behind the University of Michigan's "Big House"), with 104,079 total seats. During a winning season, no matter wh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 9, 2005

UT Football
University of Tennessee Campus
Knoxville, Tennessee

Kingston Alley

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Attraction

Kingston Alley Photo, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Kingston Alley is technically a restaurant, but I've only gone there to partake of liquefied hops and grains. My friend introduced me to this place on my last stay in Knoxville, and it is a bright spot among the city's nightlife options. From 8pm to the early morning hours, you will find a lively and social crowd gathered here. Even if there isn't a crowd, Kingston Alley provides plenty of attention-diverting activities. There are many widescreen TVs strategically placed above the bar to keep you up-to-date with the world of sports, especially NASCAR. Two pool tables and a collection of popular videogames are tucked away in a corner and ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 29, 2005

Kingston Alley
7355 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919
(865) 766-0464

Downtown Grill & Brewery

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Attraction | "Downtown Grill & Brewery"

Downtown Grill & Brewery Photo, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Every time I return home, my friends guide me to a local Knoxville hotspot that I have, until then, never frequented. I recently discovered the Downtown Grill & Brewery, which is an old standby that has somehow managed to escape my attention. Over the past few years, Knoxville's downtown has been experiencing a revival. City leaders and local businesses are intent on revitalizing the area, especially around Market Square. In response, trendy restaurants and bars are beginning to consolidate and popularize the area. Walking or driving down Gay Street, there is a bright neon sign visible from afar that signals the entrance to the Downtown Brewery. However, when you reach it, the name Woodruff'...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 10, 2005

Downtown Grill & Brewery
424 S. Gay St.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
(865) 633-8111