Follow the parkway to these great cities and towns: Bristol, Elizabethton, Gatlinburg, Greeneville, Johnson City, Jonesborough, Kinsport, Knoxville, Oak Ridge, Pigeon Forge, Rogersville, Sevierville & Townsend.
Tennessee’s beauty is wild as whitewater, peaceful as a Smoky Mountain cove and bright as the big city lights of Knoxville. Tales of frontier life come alive along the paths of westward-bound pioneers.
Tennessee’s Smokies are as vast as the view from the state’s highest point, Clingman’s Dome or as cozy as the sheltered pioneer settlement of Cade’s Cove. Dollywood draws families to Pigeon Forge for thrilling rides and musical shows while those in search of the “peaceful side of the Smokies” head for Townsend. Artisans and craftspeople display their talents at the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community in the town of Gatlinburg, where couples still head to say their vows in a mountain chapel.
There are “quieter” sights to see in the state’s northeast corner such as the first territorial capital, Rocky Mount; the oldest town, Jonesborough, where storytelling is an art; or the last covered bridge still in use at Elizabethton. Stop at small towns along the Old Stage Road and delve into the area’s Revolutionary War, pioneer and Civil War history. Try boating on a TVA-lake or hike one of the area’s many trails.