3 Days in Knoxville

Rich in history, great food, and natural beauty, Knoxville, TN continues to draw in meeting groups looking for a fully satisfying Southern experience.

Day 1: Go Downtown
11:00 AM
Start the day with a trip to the heart of the city - the Market Square District. Boasting a huge number of shopping, entertainment, and culinary options, visitors can grab a bite at Knoxville landmark Pete's Coffee Shop, try on clothes at Crass Couture or Fizz, and find everything else at local favorite Mast General Store. www.knoxvillemarketsquare.com

2:00 PM
Bring out your group's wild side with a trip to the Knoxville Zoo. Attendees can learn about its renowned preservation program and check out some 800 animals including giraffes, tigers, and elephants in their natural habitats. www.knoxville-zoo.org

8:00 PM
Catch a show at the Tennessee Theatre. This nearly 85-year-old venue is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was named the Official State Theatre of Tennessee. With a packed schedule of dance, theater, and classical and contemporary music, it's a great place to end the day with a bang. www.tennesseetheatre.com

Day 2: Get Adventurous
10:00 AM
Whether for a teambuilding event or just a relaxing stroll, Knoxville, situated in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, offers some amazing outdoor spaces. The 44-acre Knoxville Botanic Gardens and 1,000-acre Urban Wilderness Corridor each boast outdoor experiences in carefully preserved landscapes. The Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center includes a community room, a theater, and a patio with a waterfall setting ideal for meetings groups. www.outdoorknoxville.com

1:00 PM
Continue the outdoor theme with lunch at Calhoun's, set on the city's historic waterfront. Famous for its barbecue and ribs, the restaurant allows groups to arrive by boat and moor on its very own dock. www.calhouns.com

6:00 PM
Explore the World's Fair Park, site of the 1982 World's Fair and still a major hub of activity. Groups can take in a show on the massive Performance Lawn, stop by the Sergei Rachmaninoff Statue (the composer's final public performance took place at the nearby University of Tennessee), or check out the venue's interactive fountains. www.worldsfairpark.com

Day 3: Get Cultured
11:00 AM
Explore new works from the artists of East Tennessee at the Knoxville Museum of Art, which has gained a reputation for its engaging exhibitions. The museum also provides a number of memorable meeting spaces, including the Great Hall, auditorium, and gardens. www.knoxart.org

7:00 PM Conclude your Knoxville experience with dinner on the Volunteer Princess, a 96-foot luxury yacht that offers cruises down the Tennessee River. Climate controlled and available for a range of tours, this vessel can hold up to 149 passengers. www.volunteerprincess.com