Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Knoxville and its residents enjoy easy access to many recreational activities, like hiking, biking, camping, and fishing, to name a few. East Tennessee is widely known for its seasonal beauty, and Knoxville is no exception. From snow-capped Mount LeConte in winter, to the rolling green hills of spring and summer, to the tree-top tapestry of autumn's hues, Knoxville showcases nature's splendor.
Knoxville's heritage is rich in history, culture, and innovation. The original state capital, Knoxville boasts a historic downtown area on the banks of the Tennessee River. The city has served as the hub of the East Tennessee region since its founding in 1791, and has maintained the best of its Appalachian roots—a strong work ethic, a dedication to community, and a sound appreciation for the natural beauty around it.
Home to one of the nation's five national laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Knoxville attracts some of the country's brightest technological minds and has kept the region on the forefront of technological innovation. The 1982 World's Fair, one of the most successful world's fairs in U.S. history, received over 11 million visitors and took place in downtown Knoxville. The Fair gave the city skyline its most prominent feature - the Sunsphere.
As any avid sports fan knows, Knoxvillians "bleed orange." The University of Tennessee, the state's flagship institution, is located in Knoxville and is not only one of the nation's prominent public research universities but stands as a perennial athletic powerhouse. The UT Vols and Lady Vols compete as members of the Southeastern Conference against some of the strongest and most talented athletes in the nation.
Daily life in Knoxville is full and vibrant. Downtown Knoxville has undergone significant revitalization in recent years, making Market Square and the "Old City" fresh social scenes beloved by Knoxville's urban residents and professionals. Turkey Creek Shopping Center is a new core of West Knoxville shopping and dining, and is a popular destination residents of Knoxville's western suburbs.
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