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36 Hours in Knoxville, Tennessee

You can always tell when the football team has a home game as thousands of fans flood the streets in vibrant orange, but Knoxville is so much more than just the home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers. The birthplace of the Tennessee River is also known as the Red Panda Capital of the World, home to the only hall of fame dedicated to women’s basketball, and site of the 1982 World’s Fair. With over two hundred years of history The Marble City has seen it all but today it thrives as a tourist destination with great local eateries,

6 Things I Love About Knoxville, Tennessee

I was shopping at a locally owned used bookstore when I turned around and knocked several books off the shelf. I have been to used bookstores in other cities where I would have been scolded, even told to pay for those covers I accidentally folded, and I might have even been flogged. But in Knoxville, Tennessee, a kind gentleman immediately helped me pick them up and when an employee walked over she was more concerned if I was alright than the books. This city had won my heart.

Rewatching “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville

The line of people waiting to get into the historic Tennessee Theatre wrapped around the building and down the block. But despite the long and dwindling chances of getting a seat inside the majestic theater the people were happy and chipper. Warmly dressed, a few with hot chocolate in their hands, they eagerly awaited the moment they would enter the theater and find a seat to watch the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life. Fortunately for me, I had an inside person to sneak me in through a side door. Okay, okay. She didn’t sneak me in. But I

Trade an Urban Jungle for an African Safari at the Knoxville Zoo

I love zoos. Maybe it’s because they somehow remind me of home, or maybe it’s just because I enjoy the little escape from local reality they can provide. While surrounded by the urban jungle of Knoxville, Tennessee, it was nice to be whisked away on an African safari for just a little while. The Knoxville Zoo certainly provided that opportunity in all the excitement and comfort a zoo can provide.

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