Knoxville has something for everyone in the way of stuff to see and do, from cultural and historical tours, theater and live music to shopping, dining out and recreational activities. Whether you are looking for something quiet and romantic or something exciting for the family, Knoxville has it all. Visit the signature icon of the Sunsphere for spectacular sprawling views of the city and surrounding region or travel back in time with historic tours of the area. Take the kids to the interactive art and science center of The Museum or on an exciting train ride on the Three Rivers Rambler. The world-renowned Dollywood offers amusement park rides and a huge water park with slides, while the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a must for scenic views and beautiful tranquility. Nature-lovers can explore the Ijams Nature Center, and shoppers will delight in the assortment of shops, boutiques, restaurants and nightlife in the Market Square.
Other top Knoxville attractions include the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, home to a thirty-foot tall basketball and featuring interactive, hands-on exhibits that explore the history of the sport and honor the women who have excelled in it. The Museum of East Tennessee History traces the history of the region from its humble beginnings in the 1700s to date with excellent hands-on exhibits and documentaries. Knoxville's fascinating history can be discovered on a tour of the historic homes around the city, including the Mabry-Hazen House, Marble Springs, and the Ramsey House.
The Ijams Nature Center is home to dramatic bluffs, rolling meadows, colorful gardens, and over 3.5 miles of marked trailsall intersected by the Tennessee River, which makes for fantastic outdoor adventuring. The World's Fair Park dates back to 1982 when Knoxville was the host of the Fair and includes attractions like The Candy Factory, a collection of arts and crafts shops set in beautiful Victorian homes, and the large playground of Fort Kid. The Park is also home to the world-renowned Knoxville Museum of Art and the iconic symbol of the World's Fair, the 26-story Sunsphere.
Dating back to 1854, the Market Square District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a bustling hub of restaurants, bars, shopping areas, gardens, an outdoor theater and pedestrian walkways.
The Oliver Hotel offers chic and contemporary accommodations in the form of guest rooms and suites with private bathrooms and modern amenities, two restaurants serving casual and gourmet cuisine and a comfortable, inviting bar that serves specialty drinks. Hotel amenities include valet parking, 24-hour reception desk and concierge services, and complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.
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