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Clayton Center for the Arts (8 minutes 2.4 miles)

The Center plays a vital role in enhancing the quality of life, bolstering cultural and economic vitality, strengthening tourism, and expanding the educational offerings for our community and region. The diversity of our community is to be reflected on our stages, in our galleries and in our audiences. Through its relationship to Maryville College, the Center will provide educational opportunities designed to attract and nurture artists of all ages. The programming is of the highest caliber and features the arts from around the world.

Maryville College (8 minutes 2.4 miles)

Listed in the US News and World reports, as “2020 BEST Colleges” guidebook, ranking 3rd overall of the best regional colleges in the South.

Sam Houston Schoolhouse (18 minutes / 7.4 miles)

Man of Mystery, lived on the banks of the Tennessee River, for three years with the Cherokee Indians. Then Sam returned home to Maryville, TN where he became a teacher and taught reading, ciphering and the ways of the Indians.  He later revered in both Texas and Tennessee, the only man in history of the US to be Governor of two states.  He fought in the war of 1812 alongside Andrew Jackson.  Was Attorney General of the Nashville District, Congressman and ultimately, Governor of Tennessee. When in our area a visit to Sam Houston school house is a MUST to see!

Historical Tennessee Theater(34 minutes / 17 miles)

A beautiful restored to original structure theatre in downtown Knoxville with amazing acoustics! Featuring many famous entertainers and Broadway shows.  Just a tour of this theater is worth the visit.  It puts on a show all by its self.

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (35 minutes / 17.3 miles)

It is the only facility of its kind dedicated to all levels of women's basketball. The Hall is filled with multimedia presentations and numerous basketball artifacts, photographs, scrapbooks, medals, trophies, and old uniforms that bring the history of women's basketball to life. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Approximately 29 minutes and 18.3 miles to entrance in Townsend)

The nation’s busiest most visited park in the United States, Great Smoky Mountains draws more than nine million visitors a year, twice the number of any other national park. It's located in Tennessee and North Carolina.  Still offers free entrance. 2019 marks the 80th year anniversary!

Blue Slip Winery located at the Southern Rail Road Museum(25 mins / 18.4 miles)

Enjoy sampling wine at the Blue Slip Winery and a tour of the historical Southern terminal and vintage rail road cars where the elite of yesteryear traveled.  The terminal and depot were built by noted architect Frank Pierce Milburn (1868–1926). The Southern Terminal is a former railway complex located at 306 West Depot Avenue in Knoxville. The complex, which includes a passenger terminal and express depot adjacent to a large railyard, was built in 1903 by the Southern Railway. Add to your experience a private dinner at the station and the Tennessee grown grapes and fruit from local vineyards and orchard.  These wines process fresh fruit into artisan wines that are bottled and sold in our urban winery too. The terminal complex, along with several dozen warehouses and storefronts in the adjacent Old City and vicinity, were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Southern Terminal and Warehouse Historic District.

Little River Railroad/Lumber museum (26 minutes / 18.5 miles)

Small train museum with lots of facts and artifacts packed inside, the gift shops has themed train books and much more, actual trains are on display that were used by the lumber company; and all the train wrecks are recorded for viewing pictures and data. Little River Railroad transported all the timber in the Smoky Mountains, TN area before it was a National Park.  From Townsend, TN, head towards the scenic Little River Road and turn right going to:

Cades Cove (only minutes from Little River Railroad/Lumber museum) This scenic road leads to an 11-mile loop where Europeans settled between 1818 and 1821. Today visitors can enjoy the largest variety of historical buildings in the park.  When traveling the scenic loop road plan to get out and visit he restored buildings that include three churches, log homes, cantilevered barns and a working mill.  The loop road is one-lane offering may opportunities to see some amazing mountain landscapes, wildflower meadows and diverse wildlife.  You will enjoy seeing black bear, turkey, deer, many species of birds and other wildlife depending on the time of day.  DO NOT FEED THE animals, as this leads to them being dependent on handouts and having to be euthanized.  Lunch can be enjoyed in one of the picnic areas after your journey through the loop.


Clingmans Dome-Highest Point in the Smoky Mountains: about two hours’ drive from hotel

At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome boasts the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The "Dome" refers to the mountaintop, not the man-made observation tower.  The Dome actually lies within both Tennessee and North Carolina and it is the highest point in Tennessee.  On a clear day, visitors may see as far as 100 miles.

Oak Ridge National Lab (home of the Secret City that made the world famous Atomic Bomb) (32 min/ 27 miles)

The tour makes stops at the New Hope Center at the Y-12 Plant, the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Historic Graphite Reactor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a drive around the old K-25 Plant.

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)-Bull Run Fossil Plant (34 minutes 28.7miles)

Bull Run Fossil Plant is located on Bull Run Creek near Oak Ridge, Tenn. It is the only single-generator coal-fired power plant in the TVA system. When the generator went into operation in 1967, it was the largest in the world in the volume of steam produced.


American Museum of Science and Energy Same location of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (40 minutes / 31.3 miles)

The largest exhibition of energy related exhibits in the United States.

Lost Sea (46 minutes / 32.7 miles)

Stroll through an 18th century village, explore huge fascinating caverns, then float across America’s largest underground lake!  See fish that have no eyes from being inside the cave since birth. Amazing cave with underground lake! America's largest underground lake.


Green McAdoo Cultural Center  (47 minutes / 36.9 miles)

Follow the chronologically detailed story of the 1956 desegregation of Clinton High School in life-size pictures with dramatic narrative.  Interactive screens will allow you to see the Clinton 12 and others in person and hear their recollections and reflections of what happened when 12 young people from East Tennessee walked into history and changed the world.

Smithsonian Institution of the Appalachia (44 minutes / 36 miles)

A living history museum that interprets the pioneer and early 20th-century period of the Southern Appalachian region of the United States offering a picturesque indoor Museum and outdoor historical village with farm animals


Sweetwater Valley Farm (42 minutes / 35.1 miles)

The udderstory, the fam offers scheduled group tours, offering a state-of-the-art facility while preserving the fine art and craft of making cheese in the traditional farmstead manner in which they control the process from cow to consumer offering the highest quality cheddar cheese. Stop by visit The Udder Story milking exhibit, do the tour, sample all the cheeses and shop in the gift shop on site.

Alex Haley Farm Children Defense Fund(45 minutes / 35.8 miles)

Haley Farm is a beautiful 157-acre farm that once belonged to Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alex Haley. Plus, located in downtown Knoxville is a special park with a statue of Alex Haley in honor of his great book Roots that became a famous movie.


Historical Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary  (1 hour and 2 minutes 46.8 miles)

Experience America's most unique tourist destination, Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary, featuring a moonshine distillery, paranormal tours and prison tours.

The Scopes Trial Museum & Rhea County Court House (1 hour 25 minutes and 75.4 miles)

The Scopes Trial courtroom is on the second floor and contains the original judge's bench, four tables,railing, jury chairs and spectator seats. In the spring of 1925, John Thomas Scopes, 24, was a science teacher at Rhea County High School in Dayton.


Dollywood Pigeon Forge 1 hour and 37.2 miles and the city of Gatlinburg is only another 10 minutes away. 

Great place to do a day trip from our venue.+Dollywood is the only park in the world to ever win the Christmas award. Dollywood also had Top Ten (finalist) positions in four additional categories: · Best Food, second place; · Best Park, second place; · Most Beautiful Park, third place. · Best Wooden Coaster for Lightning Rod, seventh place.

Historical Rugby (1 hour 39 minutes 79 miles)

Rugby is an unincorporated community in Morgan and Scott counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee. Founded in 1880 by English author Thomas Hughes, Rugby was built as an experimental utopian colony. While Hughes's experiment largely failed, a small community lingered at Rugby throughout the 20th century. In the 1960s, residents, friends and descendants of Rugby began restoring the original design and layout of the community, preserving surviving structures and reconstructing others. Rugby's Victorian architecture and picturesque setting have since made it a popular tourist attraction. In 1972, Rugby's historic area was listed under the name Rugby Colony on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district.


Tail of the Dragon (one hour 10 minutes from our hotel to the end of the 318 curves)

Designated US 129, the road is bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest with no intersecting roads or driveways to hamper your travel. It is considered “the destination” for thousands of motorcycle and sports car fans throughout the spring, summer, and fall.  Scenic Seekers Especially Motorcycle Enthusiast will love all of the nearby great rides like: Tail of the Dragon (entrance 15 minutes from hotel), Foothills Parkway (entrance 10 minutes from hotel); Great Smoky Mountains (29 minutes from hotel) Cherohala Skyway (25 minutes from our hotel) and Clingmans Dome (about 45 minutes from our hotel)

Cumberland Gap National Park (about two hours and 76 miles mostly on interstate)

Between the years of 1775 and 1810 some 300,000 settlers crossed Cumberland Gap and began settling the land west of the Appalachians. These brave pioneers were following dreams of prosperity in the wilderness of Kentucky. Walk in the footsteps of early pioneers and Native Americans, visit the ruins of fortifications used in the Civil War, experience the life of an early mountain community. Stand in two states and view a third from atop the Pinnacle above Cumberland Gap and see where armies from the North and South set up camp to defend the Gap.   There are many other attractions that are one of a kind, however they are like other places attractions.  All attractions that I have shown above are just in our area of the country.


Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historical Park(Two hours and 96 miles)

Sgt. Alvin C. York State Historic Park is a state park in Pall Mall, in the U.S. state of Tennessee. Situated along the Wolf River, the park contains the farm and gristmill once owned by decorated World War I soldier Alvin C. York, who lived in the Pall Mall area for his entire life