"Knox" isn't the only nickname Knoxville is known for. Many locals will refer to Knoxville as "K-town" or even "Knox Vegas." If you hear anyone trying to push something new, just slap them across the face!
Every snow is a snowpocalypse. Each storm has everyone convinced they will be buried in their homes for an unknown amount of time. You've heard of those towns where the milk and bread gets cleared out before a storm? Knoxville is one of them!
Memphis and Nashville aren't the only cities with a boomin' music scene...you just need to know where to find it! Places like The Preservation Pub, The International, Boyd's Jig and Reel, Bijou Theater, The Square Room, Knoxville Civic Auditorium and the Tennessee Theater.
We have some of the best FREE transportation! What's that you said...FREE?! That's right, those cute little trolley cars you see going around are no cost at all! Routes include the Downtown Loop trolley, the Gay Street Line and the Vol Line trolley and trolley maps are available at locations throughout downtown, including Knoxville Station.
Knoxville has a...Body Farm? Now before you run off screaming, let us explain. The UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center is where everyone from scientists to the writers of all of those forensic television shows go to learn more about crime scene investigations. It is not, however, open for tours.
Everyone knows tailgating...but have you heard of SAILgating? While most sports fans spend their pre-game time tailgating, some UT fans can be found sailgating along the Tennessee River outside of Neyland Stadium. They call themselves the Vol Nav.
Beware of back-handed insults. If someone here says “Bless your heart,” chances are, they’re not being kind. The actual translation is, “You’re an idiot.” Others include "Your mother must be so proud" and "God love em'."
If you like big puzzles, we are home to the world's largest Rubik's Cube!
What is Labor Day...ohhh, you mean Boomsday?! Unfortunately, this great celebration had its last year in 2015, but it was the one of the largest fireworks shows in the South.
Give the Sunsphere some respect! This great architectural feat was the star attraction at the 1982 World's Fair, but because of a Simpsons Episode, never gets the respect it deserves.
You don't have to go to a diner for a blue-plate-special! Who said radio is dead? Definitely not anyone in Knoxville. The city is home to WDVX, the public-supported radio station named as one of the best in the country by Oxford American. They are popular for their Blue Plate Special lunchtime live jamming sessions held at the Knoxville visitor’s center Monday-Satuday at noon, free to the public. Click HERE to find out more!
Unless your teeth are hurtin', it aint' sweet tea! Sweet tea might as well run from the tap in Knoxville. And when they say sweet, they mean sweet. As in, take-a-little-tea-with-your-sugar sweet.
If you don't know them, you need to learn the lyrics to Rocky Top STAT!It isn’t mandatory to be able to belt out the Tennessee fight song on command, but it might as well be. Learn the words, and you better do it with passion… unless you want to stand out like a sore thumb.
Besides Sundays, NOTHING is holier than BBQ sauce. People in Knoxville take their barbecue very seriously which means they take their barbecue sauces even more seriously. What you put on your meat defines who you are as a person. And if you don't like BBQ sauce...Get yourself right with the Lord, ya hear?
Our Statue of Liberty is is giant painted rock. Find the giant rock and you’ll see that it’s spray-painted something different all of the time. Sometimes it’s basic, and sometimes it’s a true work of art. But it’s almost always pro-Vols.
You're welcome world for Peyton Manning. Oh, you've heard of him?! He started off as a Volunteer.
Through and through, we are a college town. Knoxville is a fairly big city. But make no mistake about it—The University of Tennessee’s reach stretches to each corner. For every chain restaurant here, there’s a trendy bar filled with a younger, hip crowd next door.
Don't argue with us about "favorite colors." The only one what matters here is ORANGE. There’s no hiding Vols pride here in Knoxville, considering that the UT shade of orange is darn-near retina burning. Be prepared to get rid of everything in your closet that doesn't go with orange.
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