Your Northeast Tennessee Vacation: Things to Do

While you’re on a Northeast Tennessee vacation, you're never far from the Appalachian Mountains and kayaking, hiking, back-road cycling, and trophy trout fishing. You can also experience a NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway, golf on rolling hills, and shop for whatever catches your fancy.

Make your Northeast Tennessee vacation something to remember - visit hands-on museums, hear master storytellers and experience a place of great history by visiting the site of the first permanent American settlement outside the 13 original colonies. And festivals are everywhere! One celebrates the gorgeous rhododendron, another the humble apple. And most include some of the nation’s finest Americana, old-time, celtic, country, bluegrass, and gospel music. After all, this is Northeast Tennessee, a land where country music was born, mountain music thrives, and vacation memories are made.

The following listings are official members of Northeast Tennessee Association.

Allandale Mansion

Allandale Mansion Located 3 Miles From 1-26. Intriguing History And Southern Elegance Create The Romantic Setting Of Kingsport's Allandale Mansion, Often Called Kingsport's "White House." Built In 1950 By Ruth And Harvey Brooks, Allandale Still Houses their fine furnishings, antiques and art. Wedding Planning at Allandale Mansion The mansion make ...

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

Located 14 miles from I-81. This historic site honors the life of the 17th President. Andrew Johnson's presidency, 1865-1869, illustrates the United States Constitution at work following President Lincoln's assassination and during attempts to reunify a nation torn by civil war. His presidency shaped the future of the United States and his influenc ...

Appalachian Caverns

Primary Image:  Come and join us for an hour-long guided tour through amazing formations our lighted pathways will take you through areas rich in history and beautiful views. A three-hour wild tour is also available for the more adventuresome. Hours: 9 a.m.-6p.m. Mon- Sat and Sund ...

Barter Theatre

Primary Image:  Located 3 miles from I-81, exit 17. Professional repertory theatre at its best, at the State Theatre of Virginia. Barter launched the careers of such notable actors as Gregory Peck, Patricia Neal, and Ernest Borgnine . Enjoy classics, comedies, dramas and musicals ...

Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium

Located 3 miles off I-26. A 3,550-acre nature preserve with state of the art planetarium, 44-acre lake, live animal habitats, 36 miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking and much more. Public programs each Sat. & Sun., and daily during the summer. Park hours: 8:30am-5:00pm. Extended hours during the summer. No pets allowed. Closed Thanksg ...

Birthplace of Country Music Alliance

The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance is a non-profit grassroots organization established to preserve and promote the rich musical heritage of our region. The site of the historic 1927 "Bristol Sessions." The United States Congress officially designated Bristol, TN/VA as the "Birthplace of Country Music." Visitors to our region can listen to and ...

Bristol Caverns

Primary Image:  Located 8 miles from I-81. A journey through the caverns will take you through millions of years of timeless beauty. Largest and most beautiful in the Smoky Mountain Region. Guided tours about every 20 minutes. A year-round attraction. Open Mar. 15 -Oct. 31, Mon. - ...

Bristol Historic District

Take a stroll down Bristol’s unique downtown State Street and you’ll discover why Bristol is rich with history. Marked by brass markers, the official state line of Tennessee and Virginia runs down the middle of the street. A great opportunity to take a picture while standing in two states at once among several downtown attractions, cultural a ...

Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway

Located 8 miles from I-81. Known as "The World's Fastest Half-Mile," BMS annually hosts two NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events. Bristol Dragway, better known as "Thunder Valley," hosts the NHRA Drag Racing Series, its own Bracket Series program and its popular street-legal racing series called Street Fights. Visitors also can share in t ...

Buffalo Mountain Park

Primary Image:  Located 4.5 miles from I-26. 725-acre nature preserve. 15 miles of hiking trails, picnic tables and is a great place for wildflower, bird and tree identification. Guided nature hikes available monthly. Call for schedule. L/HA. Address Block ...

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