Flights to Knoxville
Knoxville is the third largest city in the state of Tennessee. The city was home to the 1982 World’s Fair and some remnants of this historical event can still be found in the city today in addition to a variety of other attractions.
Flights to Knoxville will arrive at the McGhee Tyson Airport (airport code: TYS), about 16 kilometres (10 miles) outside the city. A rental car or taxi is the best option for getting back and forth. You can arrange a flight to Knoxville with varying transfers from South Africa, depending on the airline. Virgin Atlantic stops in London and Charlotte, but Delta Airlines travels through Atlanta and Washington. Another choice is with South African Airways, and their flight to Knoxville will take you via Frankfurt and Atlanta.
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The Tourist Attractions in Knoxville:
Knoxville Old City
Knoxville was settled in 1786 so it’s a relatively old city by American standards. The area known as the Old City was formerly the warehouse district of Knoxville so it’s full of large, old warehouses. This area isn’t so much an attraction for these buildings but for what’s now housed inside them – it’s become Knoxville’s centre for nightlife and includes clubs, bars, restaurants and some shops.
World’s Fair Park
In 1982 Knoxville was home to the World’s Fair, one of the most successful in US history as it attracted over 11 million visitors during the time it was open. Not much remains of the structures built for the World’s Fair now except for the most prominent landmark in Knoxville, the Sunsphere.
The Sunsphere resembles a giant disco ball on a tower and served as an observation deck and restaurant during the World’s Fair. Since then it has been underutilised until a couple of years ago when the observation deck was re-opened to the public. Visitors can again take the trip up the elevator and see the views from the top, and enjoy the bar and lounge on the floor above.
If you’re coming to Knoxville with children the Knoxville Zoo would make a good place to visit. With more than 800 animals the zoo has successfully bred a number of rare animals including Red Pandas and White Rhinos. Clayton Family Kids Cove is an area specially designed for kids to play in.
Knoxville is home to several different museums. There’s the Knoxville Museum of Art which displays mainly 20th and 21st century works; the Museum of East Tennessee History, as the name suggest, concentrates on history in this part of the state. Its History Centre is located within the old federal Customs House which was constructed in 1874. There is also the Frank H. McClung Museum in Knoxville. This is an interesting museum as is has a focus on many different things including local history, natural history, anthropology, archaeology, and decorative arts.
When Should You Visit?:
With its humid subtropical climate Knoxville is generally a warm and humid city, with summers being the most humid. July is the hottest month when the average high is 30.5C. Spring and autumn are a pleasant time to visit, though winters are fairly cool and snow isn’t uncommon.