A Northeast Tennessee vacation at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains is waiting for you. Come to the Sunny Side of Tennessee, and you’ll discover a region that’s rich in history, culture and outdoor adventure with festivals and events for couples and the entire family.
During your visit don’t miss these premier attractions, shops and fun things to do.
4444 West Stone Drive
Kingsport, TN 37660
Once a 500 acre farm where Mr. Brooks raised his championship Black Angus cows and blue-ribbon Tennessee Walking horses, Allandale is now an exciting part of Kingsport’s civic and social life. Elegant weddings, receptions, dinners, business meetings and innovative celebrations once again fill the halls with joyous sounds of laughter, dancing and the romance of an earlier time. Tours of the Mansion with its antiques, oriental carpets and art are available upon request. Allandale Mansion also hosts several special events open to the public throughout the year.
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
121 Monument Avenue
Greeneville, TN 37743
The Andrew Johnson National Historic Site and National Cemetery interprets the life and legacy 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 influences continue today. The site includes a Visitors Center, Homestead and the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery.
127 West Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24212
Located 3 miles from I-81, exit 17 in the heart of Abingdon, Virginia. Founded in 1933, Barter Theatre offers professional repertory theatre, 17-19 productions per year, and two unique stages: Barter Main Stage and Barter Stage II. Recognized as the premiere theatre in the region, Barter launched the careers of such notable actors as Gregory Peck, Patricia Neal and Ernest Borgnine. Enjoy classics, comedies, dramas and Broadway musicals. Group rates and packages with fine Abingdon restaurants and lodging available. Stop in The Bob’s at Barter, our dining experience. Open Feb. – Dec. Call or go on-line for performance schedule.
Birthplace of Country Music
416 State Street, Suite A
Bristol, TN 37620
The Birthplace of Country Music promotes and celebrates Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia as the birthplace of country music. BCM celebrates Bristol’s role in the birth and development of country music through the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, WBCM Radio Bristol, and educational outreach and programming.
Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway
151 Speedway Boulevard
Bristol, TN 37620
Located 8 miles from I-81. Known as “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile,” BMS annually hosts two of the largest NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events on the circuit. 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 the spirit of the holiday season during “Speedway in Lights” exhibit. Track tours available. Call for a complete schedule of events and tour schedule. Office hours: Mon.-Fri. 9am-5pm.
4812 Orebank Road
Kingsport, TN 37664
Step Into the 1850s at the Exchange Place – a living history farm, is Kingsport’s tonic for today’s fast paced life. The site was once a community that served as a self-supporting plantation, a relay station along the Old Stage Road and the Post Office for Eden’s Ridge, TE. Tennessee.
Exchange Place — the Gaines-Preston Farm recaptures life in the early 1800s where you exchange horse, money and stories.
Gray Fossil Site
1212 Suncrest Drive
Gray, TN 37615
The Gray Fossil Site and Museum is a place where visitors can get up close and personal with an active Miocene-era fossil dig site. Scientists believe the site was formed by an underground limestone cave that collapsed and created a sinkhole. This left a vast fossil deposit that dates back 4.5 – 7 million years ago. Open: Tues.-Fri. 9am-5pm; Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. 1-5pm. Mon. 9am-5pm (Jun.-Aug. only). Closed holidays.
Hands On! Regional Museum
315 East Main Street
Johnson City, TN 37601
Located one block from I-26. Hands On! Regional Museum is a unique interactive environment for children of all ages, designed to make learning fun. Programs and activities in the arts, sciences, and humanities are offered daily. Open: Tues.-Fri. 9am-5pm; Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. 1-5pm. Mon. 9am-5pm (Jun.-Aug. only). Closed holidays.
International Storytelling Center
100 West Main Street
Jonesborough, TN 37659
Recognized as the world’s first public event devoted exclusively to storytelling, the National Storytelling Festival ignited a renaissance of storytelling throughout America and the world in the 1970s. The International Storytelling Center hosts concerts and events throughout the year including Storytelling Live! May – October and the National Storytelling Festival in October.
Kingsport Aquatic Center
1820 Meadowview Parkway
Kingsport, TN 37660
Open daily, check the website for hours. The Kingsport Aquatic Center is year-round water fun at the region’s newest and most comprehensive public aquatic facility. The 46,000-square-foot indoor complex features three heated pools, including the region’s only indoor Olympic-size pool, the HMG Competition Pool. A seasonal outdoor water park features include pools, water slides and a 900-foot lazy river.
Main Street Greeneville
310 S. Main St.
Greeneville, TN 37743
Tennessee’s second oldest town is brought to life as you stroll down the same streets that Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States, did when he returned from the White House in 1869. Take in a downtown or Dickson-Williams Mansion tour, year round events, shopping and local dining.
Mary B. Martin School of the Arts
P.O. Box 70730
Johnson City, TN 37614
Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at East Tennessee State University was established in 2009 by James C. Martin in memory of his late wife, Mary B. Martin, who passed away in 2009. The School has since offered four seasons of concerts, lectures, films, stage and dance performances, visual artists and exhibitions, storytelling, illusion and music of all kinds. Season Six will open in September 2014. Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.
825 West 1st North St.
Morristown, TN 37814
Welcome to Morristown, Tennessee’s Disc Golf Capital and home to: four championship-caliber disc golf courses, beautiful Cherokee Lake, Panther Creek State Park, the Crockett Tavern Museum, the Morristown Sky Mart – the only elevated sidealk system in the US, the General Longstreet Museum, Rose Center for the Arts, the award-winning Mountain Makins’ festival, and one of the nation’s top haunted attractions, Frightmare Manor.
Niswonger Performing Arts Center
212 Tusculum Blvd.
Greeneville, TN 37745
Niswonger Performing Arts Center is a regional performing arts center located in historic downtown Greeneville, TN. NPAC, recognized as a leading venue in the entertainment industry, offers affordable ticket pricing, an outstanding selection of programming, performing arts education, life-long learning experiences, and discovery of the performing arts in our region.
Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
88 River Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Explore the Amazing Aquatic World Up-Close at America’s #1 Aquarium and Top Destination to See Penguins! Experience Splashing With the Stingrays, Penguin Encounter and Penguin Painting programs! Marvel at 12- foot sharks, a giant sea turtle, thousands of exotic sea creatures and playful penguins swimming as you enjoy the Most Spectacular, State-of-the-Art Underwater Tunnels throughout! Family Fun, Interactive, Dive/Feeding Shows and much more!
Rocky Mount State Historic Site
200 Hyder Hill Road
Piney Flats, TN 37686
Rocky Mount Museum and Living History Site sits at the foot of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Costumed interpreters take visitors through the log home of Rocky Mount and out-buildings and give you a personal look at living in the Southwest Territory. A visit will include several components starting with a visit to the Massengill Overmountain Museum, an eighteenth century kitchen and garden, a weaving cabin, blacksmith shop, and the a visit with the popular Cotswold sheep that live on the historic site.
Scott County, Virginia
190 Beech Street Suite 201
Gate City, VA 24251
Located in the southwestern tip of Virginia, Scott County is a “natural” for music lovers, history buffs, nature enthusiasts and vacationers of all types! Scott County Virginia covers the areas of Clinchport, Daniel Boone, Duffield, Dungannon, Fort Blackmore, Gate City, Hiltons, Nickelsville, Rye Cove and Weber City.
Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium
853 Bays Mountain Park Rd.
Kingsport, TN 37660
Located 3 miles off I-26. Explore nature’s splendor at a 3,550-acre nature preserve where you can enjoy 39 miles of hiking trails, biking, public programs Sat. & Sun. and daily during the summer. Relax on a 44-acre lake, explore a world beyond our own in a state-of-the-art planetarium, and view native animals up close and in their natural setting.Park hours: 8:30am-5pm. Extended hours during the summer. No pets allowed. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Years. Call for more information.
David Crockett Birthplace State Park
1245 Davy Crockett Park Road
Limestone, TN 37681
This 105-acre historic park just upstream from the falls of the scenic Nolichucky River is maintained as a memorial to David Crockett. This area includes a limestone marker and replica cabin, as well as visitor center exhibits. Nearby is the Cherokee National Forest and his father’s Crockett Tavern Museum in Morristown.
Roan Mountain State Park
1015 Hwy 143
Roan Mountain, TN 37687
Located on TN Hwy 143 at the base of the majestic 6,285 Roan Mountain, Roan Mountain State Park encompasses more than 2,000 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges. The cool, clear Doe River winds its way through the center of the park and supports a healthy population of trout. Wildflowers and wildlife inhabit the hollows and ridges of the Roan foothills in abundance.
501 Rocky Fork Road
Flag Pond, TN 37657
The park is surrounded on three sides by the Cherokee National Forest. The steep, rugged terrain is drained by numerous cool mountain streams including its namesake, Rocky Fork Creek, which flows through the park. The stream is located in the pristine Rocky Fork watershed. With large moss covered boulders, deep pools and eddies the cold, quickly flowing stream is noted for miles of excellent native trout fishing. There are many miles of old, unmarked logging and wildlife management roads in the area. A corridor of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Sampson Mountain Wilderness Area are nearby.
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area
1651 W. Elk Avenue
Elizabethton, TN 37643
Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park protects the land that was the location of several important historic events that occurred in the late 18th century. Leaving the English colonies, settlers began arriving along the Watauga Old Fields, in search of a new life on what was Cherokee land. John Carter, one of the primary political, military and business leaders of this era, and his son Landon, built a home, the Carter Mansion, three miles from Sycamore Shoals. This structure is the oldest standing frame house in Tennessee, dating back to the mid to late 1770s.
Warriors’ Path State Park
490 Hemlock Road
Kingsport, TN 37663
Warriors’ Path State Park was named for the Great Cherokee War and Trading Path. Since that time, the park land has known a long history of travelers and is still a pathway for modern-day outdoor enthusiasts. The 950-acre park is located on the shores of the Patrick Henry Reservoir on the Holston River.
830 Sunset Drive
Johnson City, TN 37601
Mahoney’s loves the outdoors as much as their customers, The locally owned store specializes in a broad range of clothing, footwear and equipment for weekend warriors and avid trail trekkers. Mahoneys also specializes in hiking, camping, climbing and paddling goods.
The Mall at Johnson City
2011 North Roan Street
Johnson City, TN 37601
Offering over 65 stores, including anchors like Sears, JCPenney and Dick’s Sporting Goods, and top retailers like Express, Forever 21, Charming Charlie, PINK and more, The Mall at Johnson City is sure to please! The mall also has a complete Food Court with easy options like Charley’s Grilled Subs, Chick-fil-A and more.
For a complete list of attractions please download our Visitors Guide.