Our region is rich with a wide variety of attractions: its incredible natural beauty, historical sites, music venues, unique museums, eclectic shops, State Parks, and the excitement of NASCAR racing. The area teems with sites of historic value: Davy Crockett's birthplace, the Rocky Mount Living History Museum - home of U.S. president Andrew Johnson, the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance, a glimpse of pre-Civil War living at the Tipton-Haynes Historic Site, and Tennessee's oldest town - Historic Jonesborough. Area State Parks (Warrior's Path, Davy Crockett State Historic, Sycamore Shoals, and Roan Mountain) feature full schedules of events and ongoing exhibits, from frontier re-creations to planetariums to wolf habitats. Since before the first pioneers and settlers came into this area, music has been an important part of life here and it continues to fill the air today. Whether it's the best mountain music at The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance or the Carter Family Fold, great music and arts festivals such as the Blue Plum Festival, the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, the Little Chicago Blues Festival or the Symphony of the Mountains, there's something special here for every musical taste.
Bristol hosts numerous racing events including the Spring Nationals drag races and NASCAR's Sharpie 500. The Bristol Motor Speedway transforms itself during the winter holidays into the "Speedway In Lights" with an incredible light display and skating rink, with proceeds going to local children's charities. Jonesborough Days takes you into the Fourth of July holiday with historic re-creations in Tennessee's oldest town. Area golf courses offer challenges for the beginner to seasoned pro, all wrapped up in the region's incredible natural beauty. Jonesborough's International Storytelling Center keeps a full schedule year-round and culminates with a major Storytelling Festival in early October.
"The Great Outdoors" is an accurate description of Northeast Tennessee. From Roan Mountain's spectacular Rhododendron Gardens to lakes, streams, trails, state parks, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, there's something for every type of outdoor enthusiast. And the Appalachian Trail - following the ridgelines of the North Carolina/Tennessee border offers countless opportunites for the day hiker, camper, or backpacker to enjoy vistas, wildlife, wildflowers and more amongst old growth forests. National Forests and designated wilderness areas feature even more in rugged yet accessible lands. And whether taken in on a joy ride or a hike in quiet woods, the beauty of the fall colors has been an attraction for generations.