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One day exploring wonderful Knoxville, TN 2017

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I spent December 30th, 2017 exploring Knoxville, TN which I had not been to since 2010. Man was I blown away by all the progress downtown has revitalized in the past seven years. Lots of activity downtown and fantastically rehabbed historic buildings. The riverfront (especially on the south bank of the Tennessee River) is starting to develop nicely with new greenways, parks, and developments. Knoxville is the third largest city and MSA in Tennessee, home of the University of Tennessee, and is considered the Tenessee gateway to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

Enjoy these photos of The Marble City!


Old City:

Art Museum/World's Fair Park District:

Tennessee River waterfront area:

Ijams Nature Center:

Breweries and Taprooms:


Happy New Year!
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I haven't been to Chattanooga in a number of years, but checking it out on Google Earth and Streetview it looks much more spread out and it's downtown seems to lack the high degree of compact walkable urbanism as Knoxville. I'm sure it's a great place and all with lots of fun things to do, but it looks like it would be hard to cover Northside to Southside by foot and would likely need a car. I felt like Knoxville's downtown compactness made it very easy to get around without a car as a visitor.
Wonderful little place. Many warm memories. And for all the buzz about Chattanooga, I prefer Knoxville.
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