Knoxville Tourism

Knoxville charisma is multi-dimensional- an agonizing history spun into victorious moments, downtown market which radiates classic 19th century ambience with its building and architecture and romantic cafes that line sidewalks, a range of theatres which add to its performance pulse and the night clubs which make Gay street a popular night haunt!

Knoxville has its humble beginnings as a small town began in the 18th century when the town was first capital of Tennessee and the Civil war truly bruised the town. Post the war, the city sprang back to life by becoming a wholesaling and manufacturing center and after a dip in its economy in the 1920’s, Knoxville found its feet by hosting the 1982 world fair. You can still see the remnants of the 1982 World's Fair in the ‘Sunsphere’ which is still a part of the city’s skyline!

Knoxville is popular for the range of artists who call the town their loving home- Mary Costa, David Keith and James Agee among other greats.

Today, the city offers a rare treat of Victorian history, vibrant night life, and a rather thrilling sports history which makes the ‘small-town’ seem bigger than ever. The city promotes football, Basketball, Ice-Hockey and Rugby and often you will be just in time for a new game in the city! The University of Tennessee and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame are what truly highlight Knoxville in Tennessee (Tn) on the global map and if you look close enough you can see just how much the town has evolved to embrace the changing times.

If you however, like to escape the buzz of the city life, a visit to the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a walk around the Tennessee river is perfect to explore more than the city’s urban tourism attractions. And for those who love to carry a little bit of the city back home with them, you will be spoilt for choice for shopping in small boutiques and antique stores.

Essential travel information and Knoxville tips for your visit

General Info

  • Time Zone: UTC – 5.00 hours
  • Currency: Unites States Dollar (USD)
  • Electricity and Internet: Electricity output is of 120 Volts Charger needed is of type A/B.High Speed internet is easily available at almost all hotels.
  • Languages: English and Spanish is dominantly spoken in Knoxville but some people do speak in Asian and French language.


  • Emergency (Police, fire, and medical emergencies, city and county): 911
  • General Non emergency number: +1 675-4000
  • Fire department Nonemergency: +1 215-4010
  • Police Department Nonemergency: +1 215-4010

Off-beaten Path

  • Hike through the Smokey Mountains Natural park.


  • Taxi drivers, Bartenders, Waiter/Waitresses can be tipped around 15 % of the billing amount.
  • A dollar of tip is acceptable for Coatroom attendant, Doorman service, Valet, Bellman and Housekeeper.

Tourist Traps

  • Do check your bill at hotels and restaurants to cross check if the 15 % bill is already added to your bill to avoid over-paying.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Knoxville

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  • Know the pollution level of Knoxville before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 39.29 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 75 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 59.38 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 40.91 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 46.88 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Knoxville for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Knoxville.

    • Burglary and Theft 40 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 39.29 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 44.05 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 40 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 39.29 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 44.05 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 52.38 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 80.95 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 53.57 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 48.81 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 44.05 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 48.81 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Knoxville is 166.01 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 54.82 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 84 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 56.29 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 24.62 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 64.35 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 69.69 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.98 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 104.94 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Knoxville

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.56 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.79 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 33.14 USD

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