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Browse American Airlines flights to Knoxville and start planning your trip to this charming and diverse Tennessee destination. You'll discover that there are things to do in Knoxville for everyone, from taking in views of the Tennessee River to exploring Civil War history. Here are a few ideas to help you plan your getaway.
With its location on the banks of the Tennessee River, there are many outdoor activities in Knoxville that will help you connect with nature. Greenways abound with opportunities for biking and walking. A couple to try are Sequoyah Greenway, which connects Sequoyah Park and Talahi Park and affords picturesque views of the river, and Turkey Creek Greenway, which runs along Turkey Creek Wetland (the county's largest) and is near shopping and restaurants. You'll also find seven miles of trails at the Ijams Nature Center, along with 275 acres of meadows, woodlands and a reclaimed quarry. It's all part of a wildlife sanctuary that also offers educational opportunities such as nature walks and "owl prowls."
More outdoor things to do in Knoxville include visiting the Knoxville Botanical Gardens, an oasis of over 40 acres, and the Knoxville Zoo. That's where you'll find red pandas, African elephants, penguins, meerkats, cheetahs, gorillas, black bears and multiple other species living among 53 wooded acres. We also recommend stopping by The Gardens at the University of Tennessee. Admission is free and you can see an amazing variety of native plants -- more than 1,400, in fact. Wrap up your exploration of the great outdoors at Worlds Fair Park, where the 1982 World Fair was held. Today it's filled with gardens, waterfalls, streams and lawns. It's a popular venue for festivals and concerts, so see what's happening here while you're in town.
Thanks to its role in the country's history, there are many activities in Knoxville that help you discover its heritage. Confederate Memorial Hall, also known as Bleak House, was the headquarters for General James Longstreet during the Civil War's Siege of Knoxville. Crescent Bend, or the Armstrong Lockett House, built in 1834, is wonderful not simply for its architecture but also for its collection of 18th-century furnishings, English silver and formal Italian garden. Ramsey House Plantation, which was completed in 1797, is a Georgian-style home that's elegant in its simplicity. It was the home of one of Knoxville's earliest settlers, and it spans over 100 acres that include spots for picnicking. Blount Mansion, located downtown, was home to William Blount, a signer of the Constitution and a senator from Tennessee. It was built in 1792 and today is a museum and National Historic Landmark. End your tour of the city's history at Alex Haley Heritage Square, featuring a statue dedicated to the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
From active outdoor pursuits to a leisurely afternoon spent soaking up Tennessee history, this city has much to offer. Fly to Knoxville with American Airlines and discover a new favorite getaway destination!