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Alcoa, TN 37701
Phone: (865) 984-9840
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The affluent neighborhood of Sequoyah Hills lays sprawled where the Tennessee river bends as it courses through the land. Located to the east of the main city center, this neighborhood is called home by some of the wealthiest residents of the state, and, maybe, even the country. As soon as you curve in through the Cherokee Boulevard and enter Sequoyah Hills, the first thing that you will notice are the massive, mansion-like homes. The real estate here is one of the most expensive in the city, and if you can afford to buy a home here, then you will have some very famous neighbors. The neighborhood is also where the Sequoyah Hills Park is located, and this park is a venue for several of the city's cultural events.
This arena provides one of the largest campus basketball facilities in the whole of America. Home to both the U.T. Men and Women's basketball teams, the Thompson-Boling Arena is popular with the crowds that crave quality college basketball events. Apart from that, the arena also hosts a number of concerts, sporting events and exhibitions. Tickets can be purchased through the box office located at the arena itself as well as various ticket outlets throughout the city. Only cash is accepted at the ticket outlets while the box office also accepts credit cards.
The East Tennessee History Center is a storehouse of the rich culture and history of East Tennessee. The establishment houses four 'historical treasures' the East Tennessee Historical Society, the Museum of East Tennessee History, the Knox County Archives and the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection. In each of these 'treasures' you can find a detailed and organized collection of East Tennessee region's complete history and also government documents from as far back as 1792. The Center aims to make history fun for kids with its special programs designed for school students. Among such programs is a scavenger-hunt style 'hands-on' program, which gives an interesting color to the otherwise monotonous classroom learning atmosphere. The Center also organizes special events and programs for families and children and several in-classroom history projects. The East Tennessee History Center, thus, strives to keep the culture and heritage of the region alive and fun, so that it will be cherished by Tennesseans as well as visitors for generations to come.
In the heart of downtown Knoxville, you will find a beehive of activities called the Knoxville Market Square. Spread over 2 acres, this park is packed with enough facilities to ensure that there will not be a dull moment. If you love shopping, then here you will find a plethora of shops, from boutiques selling chic dresses, to stores that are stacked with Knoxville and Great Smoky Mountains memorabilia, there is no dearth of shopping options. Of course, all that shopping is bound to make you hungry. But do not worry, because there are several restaurants and cafes in the square to help you choose from. The Market Square also is the venue for several prominent concerts and fairs in the region. Please see the website for more information.
The Knoxville Visitor Center is unlike most of the tourist information centers. While they have a great friendly staff to help anyone who wants information on the city, visitors have the three other options as well in here. For unique local products browse through their gift shop for handmade potteries, candles, crafts, paintings and more. Pit-stop at the cafe for a tasty tidbit and coffee or just listen to the live music played at noon WDVX Radio Station located at the Knoxville Visitor Center. Nestled in a 1925 building, the Knoxville Visitor Center is worth a visit for its unique combination.
The Old City holds a very prominent place in the history of Knoxville, as well as, that of Tennessee. In the olden days, it was the center of all commercial activity, having been the focal point of activity for the Rail industry, and it was mainly made up of office buildings and warehouses. However, when the commercial boom of Knoxville began to decline, so did this neighborhood;s prominence in the eyes of the citizens of the city. But, in the'80s, began the slow regeneration of the Old City, as several nightclubs, restaurants, bars, residential buildings and stores came in town. Today, the neighborhood has a very contrasting and unique collection of buildings that exemplify the old as well as the modern architecture. Several of the buildings here have been recognized as historically important places and have a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Old City is also the venue for many of Knoxville's prominent events. Do visit Old City and discover more about Knoxville.
The Ijams Nature Center was developed and initiated by well known Knoxville bird expert Harry Ijams and his wife Alice Yoe Ijams who was popularly known as the 'First Lady of Knoxville Garden Clubs'. This nature center is a go to destination for locals as well as visitors who are looking for a day filled with adventure and exploring the wild. This place has an abundance of nature's goodness, bird watching opportunities-mainly owls, picnic spots, biking and walking trails as well, the activity list is endless. So, come on down for a nice wild day with family.
Located in the Morningside Park in Knoxville, this statue is dedicated to the celebrated writer Alex Haley. With a height of 12 feet, this bronze statue is gigantic and holds the distinction of being the biggest statue of Alex Haley ever made. This statue sits in the Alex Haley Heritage Square inside the park. Come over for a photo opportunity while touring the city. For more details, call toll free at +1 800 727 8045.
The Knoxville Zoological Gardens is a fun place to bring the brood. The zoo attracts a number of visitors each year with their wonderful selection of animals, birds and more. The zoo organizes special educational activities along with meet-the-animals workshops that delight both young and old. For more information, call ahead or check out their website.
Abrams Falls is an historic landmark in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The waterfall has been named after Cherokee Chief Abram as his village Abram was located near the bottom of this downstream. The waterfall is only 20 feet high but has a massive width which makes it look bigger. The water flow here is known to be quite speedy with a shocking current capacity. The bottom of this falls is an accumulated mass of water that can be taken for as a pool, but swimming is prohibited in it because of its depth and the heavy flowing nature of water. However, the green oak tree surroundings with the falls ending into a water mass is more than just a memorable sight and hence a must visit.
It is not only a spelunker's destination but for anyone who would love to see a natural wonder that is millions of years old and is awe-inspiring. Filled with folklore, Tuckaleechee Caverns are famous for its onyx carvings or formations. Opened to the public since 1953, the mile (1.61 kilometers) long tunnel was discovered by European settlers in 1850, though the Indians knew about it for a long time. The Big Room which was found in 1954 by members of the National Speleological Society is in the middle of the cave system. It is the largest known cave room in East America and has 24 feet (7.32 meters) long stalagmites. The Silver Falls is a 200 feet (60.96 meters) double waterfall of which only the lower section is fully accessible. Tuckaleechee Caverns is among the 700 known caves in the state and is definitely worth a visit.
The Lenoir Cotton Mill is located in the Lenoir City in Tennessee. Built in the 19th Century, it stands as an early industrial architectural testament. The mill once featured 113 spindle spinning jacks and three looms. As development triggered, the number of spindles reached 620 by the mid-1850s. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006 due to the fact that it was the initial and rare example of industrial architecture.