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Exploring Deep Inside Bristol Caverns in Bristol, Tennessee

You can take a drive on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, spend an hour hiking a trail at Grayson Highlands State Park, learn about local history at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, but Bristol Caverns is the only place you can spend an hour viewing millions of years of geological history while enjoying beautiful rock formations and a silent underground creek. Located just a few miles from the heart of Bristol, Tennessee, taking a tour of Bristol Caverns is about the only way you could actually enjoy spending an hour underground. Bristol Caverns is technically one of the

A Captivating Museum at Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton, TN

Sycamore Shoals State Park is a small state historic area along the Watauga River dedicated to the history of Watauga, Sycamore Shoals, and parts of what is now northeastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. The park has a nice visitors center, gift shop, a life-size recreation of Fort Watauga, a nature trail along the river, and a large butterfly garden.

Sycamore Shoals State Park in Elizabethton, Tennessee

This small state park in Northeast Tennessee is a wonderful mix of history and nature, and the site of the some of the most significant history in the region. With a full-sized recreation of a fort to explore, reenactments throughout the year, and a two-mile nature trail, this park has something to offer everyone. Step inside the visitor center for a tour around the museum, then out the back door for a tour around history.

Eating at The Burger Bar in Bristol, Virginia

The Burger Bar has had a few owners over the years, and even a few names, but today Joe and Kayla Deel proudly own the historic little eatery near State Street in Bristol, Virginia. You almost have to squeeze your way past the front door, worming your way through the small floor space and past a long row of loyal, daily customers. But it’s well worth the effort to get inside: the burgers are more than just delicious, they are practically historic. With names for burgers like the Plain Jane Burger, I Can’t Get You Off My Mind, and

Trails and Tables at Buffalo Mountain Park in Johnson City, Tennessee

Buffalo Mountain Park gives Johnson City the one thing is almost completely lacks: outdoor recreation. While the city is situated in a beautiful area of Northeast Tennessee near many state parks, scenic trails, and water recreation opportunities, this park is the only chance you’ll get for a vigorous hike without including a hefty drive first. Instead, you can find this park with hiking, picnicking, and natural beauty just a few minutes from the heart of Johnson City, Tennessee.

Produce, Food, Arts & Crafts at the Historic Roanoke City Market

The temperature at my hotel read 28 degrees. The air was calm, no wind, no clouds. It was already 9AM, and I say already because the vendors at the Roanoke City Market had already been there an hour. Despite the fact it was mid-October and frigid, dozens of vendors still set up their produce, baked goods, jars of jam and honey, and loads of arts and crafts. And despite the fact it was mid-October and frigid, the people still flocked to the market. This is probably why this market is the longest continuously used farmers market in Virginia. The

Eating at Beamer’s 25 in Roanoke, Virginia

When I walked through the clear glass doors into Beamer’s 25 in downtown Roanoke, I immediately felt I was underdressed. I was wearing a simple pair of blue jeans with a Virginia Tech Hokies t-shirt (I was going to the Hokies football game the next day). But as I looked around the restaurant, I noticed something that set my mind at ease: at one table sat a group of four men wearing suits and ties, but right next to them sat a family wearing jeans, polo shirts on the men, and blouses on the ladies. Everyone was comfortable, the

To Infinity & Beyond at the Mill Mountain Overlook in Roanoke, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia was once one of the largest hubs for railroad activities in the Southeastern United States. Today, is is once again a major hub for a different kind of industry: tourism. Sitting in the middle of the boundaries between Southwest Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley, Roanoke bills itself as the Gateway to the Blue Ridge Parkway. But when you drive to the top of nearby Mill Mountain you realize it is much more than that. Mill Mountain Park is located high atop Mill Mountain in Roanoke, Virginia. The park includes many iconic destinations such as the Roanoke Star,