swissmiss will be heading down to Knoxville early next week for a client meeting. So, what should a design afficionado like me try to see while in Knoxville?
Welcome! I’m in Knoxville…
You would be most happy in “Market Square”, the “Old City” (both are downtown), and there is a part of town out west called “Turkey Creek” that has upscale shops, theater, etc.
Let me know if you have any other questions!
be sure to check out the letterpress folks at…
also, in knoxville, you are right at the doorstep of the smokies. go through gatlanburg and up cling mans dome to cross the smokies and the TN NC border into cherokee. several miles south is bryson city and the nantahala gorge.
very beautiful for whitewater, mountain biking and hiking at Tsali recreation area
If I were heading down that way, I’d make sure to check out the Oak Ridge nuclear facility — birthplace of the A-Bomb. I’m sure there’s lots of great 40s and 50s Americana to gawk at, especially typefaces and signage of the era. It’s a museum now, hopefully they preserved some of the original photos, etc.
You should definitely try to make your way to Memphis. It’s a little bit of a drive, but there’s a lot to do here.
Have a good time.
Not sure I’ve never been in Knoxville, but if you feel like driving a few miles, you can come to Tijuana, Mexico. A few interesting things happen around this area.
I read your blog all the time and just so happens that I live right outside of Knoxville and work in downtown Knoxville. I second Yee-Haw (letterpress as mentioned above). There are some pretty cool shops in the Old City as well as the Pilot Light (very cool music venue if you like to stay up late).
Vistas of the river and hills, views of bridges and sunset views of downtown- remember, the hills are flowing and the river is still.
tina, i’ve been to yee-haw and it’s a dream visit for a font / woodcut fanatic. maybe monday evening? i think they’re open until 6pm..
duck and avoid the hillbillies…
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