Bristol and the surrounding areas of the region are rich in historic sites, outdoor activities, cultural opportunities, and arts and entertainment. They also offer plenty of lodging options, so stay a while and you can make the most of your visit! Shop, dine, and play at The Pinnacle, then explore the region’s additional attractions.
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.
Experience amazing natural beauty located deep beneath the Earth’s surface. The site features guided tours of the caverns, a campground, picnic area, gem mine, and gift shop.
Be entertained and amazed by the live performances that happen almost every evening at the Barter, the state theatre of Virginia.
Bays Mountain is a 3,550-acre nature preserve with a planetarium. Live animal habitats, hiking, biking, and public programs are available on weekends and daily during the summer.
Tour the vast grounds of Biltmore Estate and take in all the architecture, artwork, gardens, winery, and more from the Gilded Age.
From the Bristol Sessions and beyond, our region influences music around the world. This museum embodies this and promotes Bristol as the Birthplace of Country Music.
One of the most popular outdoor North Carolina attractions, enjoy hiking and scenic walks, historic and interpretive sites, and so much more!
Bright’s Zoo is a family-owned facility dedicated to the conservation of exotic animals, including both common and rare or endangered species.
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 Motor Speedway (the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile”) and Dragway (“Thunder Valley”) are two of the most popular motorsports venues around.
Rhythm & Roots is an annual festival that attracts folks from all over the world each September, offering tons of live music, food, craft vendors, and more.
Johnson City, TN
Spend the day exploring the 725 acres of Buffalo Mountain Park on your own, or sign up for a guided nature hike. Be sure to visit Tip Top and White Rock for amazing views!
This historic concert venue is dedicated to the preservation of country and bluegrass music. Enjoy weekly performances on the very stage once graced by legends like Johnny Cash.
Take a tour of the Erwin’s fish hatchery and learn about the importance of maintaining good fishing in public waters.
Johnson City, TN
With an amphitheater, a manmade river rock stream, sculptures, and walking paths in the heart of downtown, Founders Park is one of Johnson City’s most popular outdoor attractions.
Visitors to Hands On! learn by doing “hands on” exploration of interactive permanent exhibits, traveling exhibits, and special events in art, sciences, and humanities.
Enjoy an outdoor paradise with campgrounds, cabins, yurts, hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, boating, and more!
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.
This facility serves the community as a center for the Arts and Senior Citizen activities, and as a facility for events such as meetings, parties, receptions, classes, and seminars.
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.”
Roan Mountain, TN
With breathtaking mountain views, and plants and animals, Roan Mountain is a nature lover’s paradise and home to the world’s largest Catawba Rhododendron garden.
Piney Flats, TN
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.
Spend the day relaxing or playing on the waters of South Holston Lake, perfect for fishing, boating, water skiing, and nature lovers.
Enjoy this more than 2,200 acres natural playground with disc golf, trails, multi-use fields, nature center, lake, paddle boats, picnic areas and more.
This 400-acre park has several facilities to enjoy an array of outdoor activities including soft ball, soccer, picnicking, camping, biking, and swimming.
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.
Johnson City, TN
This rails-to-trails project traversing the former ET&WNC (“Tweetsie”) railroad right-of-way between Johnson City and Elizabethton is perfect for walking, hiking, running, and biking.
Unicoi County, TN
The popular Beauty Spot on Unaka Mountain offers spectacular sunsets, refreshing waterfalls, and gorgeous photo opportunities.
Experience the excitement of rafting on the Nolichucky and French Broad Rivers, whether you’re a beginner or an expert!
Take in the beauty of nature, and make stops along the way to explore an old railroad station, and go trout fishing Creek Junction!
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.
With 106 miles of shoreline, you can enjoy many relaxing activities such as horseback riding, biking, boating, swimming, and more.
Johnson City, TN
Come out and spend your day at the batting cages, disc golf course, sand volleyball, or just enjoying a picnic with the family.
Bluff City, TN
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.