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Experience the Region


Bristol and the surrounding areas throughout the region are rich in historic sites, outdoor activities, cultural opportunities, and arts and entertainment. Shop, dine, and play at The Pinnacle, then explore everything else the region has to offer while you’re here, like the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Gray Fossil Site, Barter Theatre, and the Kingsport Aquatic Center. And our region offers plenty of lodging options, so hang out with us for a while!

BRISTOL

JOHNSON CITY

KINGSPORT

REGIONAL

BRISTOL, TN / VA


BRISTOL, TN/VA

BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY & DRAGWAY

Bristol Motor Speedway (the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile”) and Dragway (Thunder Valley) are two of the most popular motorsports venues around.

BRISTOL, TN/VA

BRISTOL CAVERNS

A journey through Bristol Caverns will take you through millions of years of timeless beauty. Guided tours are conducted about every 20 minutes at this year-round attraction.

BRISTOL, TN/VA

BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM

From the Bristol Sessions and beyond, our region influences music around the world. The museum embodies this accomplishment and promotes Bristol as the Birthplace of Country Music.

BRISTOL, TN/VA

BRISTOL RYTHM & ROOTS REUNION

Rhythm & Roots is an annual festival that attracts folks from all over the world each September, offering tons of live music, food and craft vendors, and more.

BRISTOL, TN/VA

STEELE CREEK PARK

Bristol Motor Speedway (the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile”) and Dragway (Thunder Valley) are two of the most popular motorsports venues around.

BRISTOL, TN/VA

SOUTH HOLSTON LAKE

A journey through Bristol Caverns will take you through millions of years of timeless beauty. Guided tours are conducted about every 20 minutes at this year-round attraction.

BRISTOL, TN/VA

BRISTOL CAVERNS

A journey through Bristol Caverns will take you through millions of years of timeless beauty. Guided tours are conducted about every 20 minutes at this year-round attraction.

BRISTOL, TN/VA

BRISTOL RYYTHM & ROOTS REUNION

Rhythm & Roots is an annual festival that attracts folks from all over the world each September, offering tons of live music, food and craft vendors, and more.

JOHNSON CITY, TN


BRISTOL, TN/VA

HANDS ON! MUSEUM

Visitors to Hands On! learn by doing “hands on” exploration provided by interactive permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits, and special events in art, sciences, and humanities.

BRISTOL, TN/VA

TWEETSIE TRAIL

The Tweetsie Trail is a rails-to-trails project traversing the former ET&WNC (“Tweetsie”) railroad right-of-way between Johnson City and Elizabethton and is perfect for walking, hiking, running, and biking.

BRISTOL, TN/VA

FOUNDERS PARK

With an amphitheater, a manmade river rock stream, sculptures, art displays and more, Founders Park is one of Johnson City’s newest and most popular outdoor attractions.

BRISTOL, TN/VA

BUFFALO MOUNTAIN PARK

Spend the day exploring the 725 acres of Buffalo Mountain Park on your own or sign up for a guided nature hike!

BRISTOL, TN/VA

WINGED DEER PARK/BOONE LAKE

Come out and spend your day at the batting cages, disc golf course, sand volleyball or just enjoying a picnic with the family.

 
 
 

KINGSPORT, TN


BRISTOL, TN/VA

BAYS MOUNTAIN PARK AND PLANETARIUM

Bays Mountain is a 3,550-acre nature preserve with planetarium. Live animal habitats, hiking, biking, and public programs are available on weekends and daily during the summer.

BRISTOL, TN/VA

KINGSPORT AQUATIC CENTER

The center’s three indoor heated pools are open year-round, and in the summer months, the outdoor water park features two waterslides, a water playground, and a lazy river.

BRISTOL, TN/VA

KINGSPORT SPEEDWAY

Kingsport Speedway has provided race fans with exciting short-track racing since 1965 and is now part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS), NASCAR’s grassroots series.

BRISTOL, TN/VA

WARRIORS’ PATH STATE PARK

Hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, picnicking, playing—the opportunities for adventure are endless at Warriors’ Path, located on the South Fork of the Holston River.

BRISTOL, TN/VA

KINGSPORT RENAISSANCE CENTER AND THEATRE

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REGIONAL

ABINGDON, VA

BARTER THEATRE
Be entertained by the live performances that happen almost every evening at the Barter, the state theatre of Virginia.

ABINGDON, VA

VIRGINIA CREEPER TRAIL
Bike the Creeper Trail and not only take in the beauty of nature, but make stops at an old railroad station and Creek Junction for trout fishing along the way!

ASHEVILLE, NC

BILTMORE ESTATE
Tour the vast grounds of Biltmore Estate and take in all the architecture, artwork, and more from the Gilded Age.

ASHEVILLE, NC

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
One of the most popular North Carolina attractions offers hiking and scenic walks, historic and interpretive sites, and so much more!

BLOUNTVILLE, TN

APPALACHAIN CAVERNS
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BLUFF CITY, TN

BACKYARD TERRORS DINOSAUR PARK
Meet replicas of more than 40 life-size prehistoric creatures and learn about each one as you take a self-guided tour of this unique park.

BLUFF CITY, TN

WORLEY’S CAVE
Worley’s Cave is touted as one of the best natural spelunking spots this side of the Mississippi, with over 4,000 feet of caverns and tunnels to be explored.

DUFFIELD, VA

NATURAL TUNNEL STATE PARK
Slide down the 100-foot-slide at the pool, ride the chair lift to the tunnel floor, or take a cave tour of the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

ELIZABETHTON, TN,

WATAUGA LAKE
With 106 miles of shoreline, you can enjoy many relaxing activities such as horseback riding, biking, boating, and more.

ELIZABETHTON, TN

SYCAMORE SHOALS STATE HISTORIC SITE
Sycamore Shoals was the first permanent settlement outside the 13 colonies, serving as the muster point for the Overmountain Men on their way to the Battle of King’s Mountain.

ERWIN, TN

UNAKA MOUNTAINS/THE BEAUTY SPOT
The popular Beauty Spot on Unaka Mountain offers spectacular sunsets and refreshing waterfalls.

ERWIN, TN

USA RAFT

Experience the excitement of rafting on the Nolichucky and French Broad Rivers, whether you’re a beginner or an expert!

ERWIN, TN

ERWIN NATONAL FISH HATCHERY
Take a tour of the hatchery and learn about the importance of maintaining good fishing in public waters.

GREENVILLE, TN

ANDREW JOHNSON’S HOMESTEAD
Trace the life of Andrew Johnson, a tailor who became the 17th president of the U.S. The site includes a tailor shop, Johnson’s home, and a museum.

HILTONS, VA

CARTER FAMILY FOLD

Worley’s Cave is touted as one of the best natural spelunking spots this side of the Mississippi, with over 4,000 feet of caverns and tunnels to be explored.

LIMESTONE,TN

BRIGHT’S ZOO
Bright’s Zoo is a family-owned facility dedicated to the conservation of exotic animals, including rare and endangered species as well as more common but exotic creatures.

PINEY FLATS, TN

ROCKY MOUNT LIVING HISTORY MUSEUM
Become part of the happenings of the year 1791 through the first-person interpretation of daily lifestyles, domestic and work skills, food, clothing, furnishings and games.

ROAN MOUNTAIN, TN

ROAN MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
With breathtaking mountain views and plant and animal life, Roan Mountain is a nature lover’s paradise and home to the world’s largest Catawba Rhododendron garden.