Knoxville Is Tennessee’s Coolest City!

Scoot over Nashville and Memphis.

Step aside Chattanooga.

Knoxville is Tennessee’s coolest city, according to Afar Magazine.

While Nashville and Memphis get a lot of attention, Knoxville has a lot of great things to be discovered, too.

Afar Magazine takes a closer look at what sets Knoxville apart from all the rest.

What Sets Knoxville Apart?

It may not be as big as Nashville. But, Knoxville is a city that is booming with growth, a fabulous restaurant scene, and no shortage of activities.

Good Times

While Knoxville may just be an hour away from the Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville has no shortage of outdoor activities. The Knoxville Urban Wilderness connects 50 miles of forested trails downtown with various historic sites including Fort Dickerson Park and Ijams Nature Center.

With various lakes and rivers nearby, there’s no shortage of water-related activities. Fishing, kayaking, boating, and swimming are all in close proximity in Knoxville.

Good Eats

Knoxville has a killer restaurant scene. Whether you want delicious street food, award-winning cuisine, or something in between, you can find it here in Knoxville.

Knoxville is home to J.C. Holdway Restaurant. It was opened by Joseph Lenn, who previously worked at Blackberry Farm and received the James Beard Award for “Best Chef Southeast” in 2013. J.C. Holdway specializes in gourmet southern favorites. Many of the ingredients are sourced from local farms.

For a taste of Mediterranean cuisine, don’t miss Yassin’s Falafel House. It serves everything from falafels to humus to gyros and beyond. It was also named the Nicest Place in America by Reader’s Digest in 2018.

Knoxville is brimming with places to eat everywhere. Just in the Market Square area downtown, there are dozens of places to eat. Knoxville is lucky to have no shortage of great eateries.

Good Stays

Looking for a nice place to stay while you’re exploring Knoxville?

The Oliver Hotel dates back to 1876. In its years of existence, it’s been a bakery, an ice cream parlor, a drugstore, and a dancing hall. It’s a luxury hotel right in the heart of Market Square. It is also home to two delicious restaurants Oliver Royale and Tupelo Honey Cafe. It’s also home to the Peter Kern Library, a hidden bar that is a prohibition-style speakeasy.

The Tennessean is another luxury hotel in downtown Knoxville. It’s close to the University of Tennessee, World’s Fair Park, and the Sunsphere. The Tennessean is also home The Drawing Room, which serves dinner and breakfast along with cocktails.

Did You Know? Knoxville Has Appeared On Other National Lists

Knoxville may not be one of the biggest cities in the country, but it has appeared on many national lists.

It’s received attention for being a great place to raise a family, an affordable city for outdoor lovers, and being an affordable place to live.

And, that’s just a few of the recognitions Knoxville has gotten recently, here are a few other lists that Knoxville has appeared on in the last few years:

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