Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, against the banks of the Tennessee River, Knoxville is the perfect blend of southern hospitality and modern development. Rich in culture and natural beauty, the unique destinations in Knoxville reflect the diversity of this historic city and its charming people. Here are a few fun facts:
- The Sunsphere, built for the 1982 World’s Fair, is 266 feet tall and has 26 stories. The ball itself contains five levels. The fourth floor of the ball opened in 2007 as an observation deck.
- The soft drink Mountain Dew had its beginnings with Hartman Beverages in Knoxville in the late 1940s.
- In 1974 Walter Cronkite designated Knoxville the “Streaking Capital of the World.” It was spring of that year that an estimated 5,000 people on the University of Tennessee’s famous Cumberland Avenue took their clothes off...stripping on “the strip.” Oddly enough, Knoxville has also been called the underwear capital of the world.
- Smoky Mountain National Park, 45 minutes from Knoxville, covers 800 square miles, 95 percent of which is forest-ed, including 20 percent old-growth forest. The park also boasts 700 miles of trout streams and more than 800 miles of trails.
- Knoxville is home to more than 26,000 University of Tennessee students.
- Accessible from 23 non-stop destinations via 8 airlines, with more than 140 arrivals and departures each day.