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The arts are alive and well in our region. Galleries, museums, theaters and other performing arts centers are located throughout the area. Music is a huge part of our heritage as well. From Americana to Bluegrass to Celtic, the types of music to be found in our region run the gamut from A to Z. And if you love to shop or dine out – you’ll have it made here! Take a leisurely stroll through the locally owned shops of downtown Jonesborough or Abingdon – or visit any one of our malls and shopping centers. If you’re a food lover – your options are endless! Stop in at a small-town diner and fill up on a good old-fashioned cheeseburger. Or have a candlelit dinner of filet mignon at an upscale café. Are sports your thing? Not only does our region offer plenty of golf, tennis and other sports, but the Bristol Motor Speedway is right in our backyard.

Outdoor Attractions

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  • Bristol Motor Speedway (NASCAR)
  • Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium
  • Warriors' Path State Park
  • Covered Bridge
  • Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park
  • Roan Mountain
  • Wetlands Water Park
  • Nolichucky River


  • Hungry Mother State Park
  • Mount Rogers National Recreation Area
  • Virginia Creeper Trail
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Natural Tunnel
  • George Washington and Jefferson National Forests
  • Mountain ClimbingGrayson Highlands State Park
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Hidden Valley Lake
  • Cumberland Gap National Historic Park
  • Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center



  • Crockett's Ridge Golf Club
  • Elizabethton Golf Course
  • Graysburg Hills Golf Course
  • Tri-Cities Golf Club
  • Blackthorn Club
  • Ridgefields Country Club


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  • The Olde Farm
  • Glenrochie Country Club
  • Clear Creek Golf Club
  • Holston Hills Country Club

Fishing, Boating & Water-Skiing

  • South Holston Lake
  • Watauga Lake
  • Boone Lake
  • Fort Patrick Henry Lake
  • Laurel Bed Lake
  • Whitetop Laurel Creek
  • Russell Fork River



  • Snow SkiingOber Gatlinburg

West Virginia

  • Snowshoe Mountain
  • Winterplace Ski Resort

North Carolina

  • Cataloochee/Ski Area
  • Ski Beech Resort
  • Sugar Mountain
  • Wolf Ridge Ski Resort


  • The Mall at Johnson City
  • Kingsport Town Center
  • Bristol Mall
  • National retail stores such as Talbot's, TJ Maxx, Stein Mart, Target, Kohl's & Dick's Sporting Goods
  • National restaurant chains such as O'Charley's, Applebee's, Cheddar's & Chili's
  • Fine dining at many area restaurants including Cafe Pacific, Cafe One 11, Cafe Lola, Russo's, The Troutdale Dining Room & The Martha Washington Dining Room Fresh, Farm to Table Dining in our region
  • Regional Farmers Markets
  • Bass Pro Shop's
  • Cabela's

Music & The Arts

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  • Blue Plum Festival
  • UMOJA Unity Festival
  • Appalachian Fair
  • Fun Fest
  • Twilight Alive Concert Series
  • International Storytelling Center and Festival
  • Johnson City Symphony Orchestra


  • Barter Theatre
  • Rhythm & Roots Festival
  • Carter Family Fold
  • Ralph Stanley Museum & Traditional Mountain Music Center
  • Jettie Baker Center
  • Virginia Highlands Festival
  • Paramount Center for the Arts
  • Lincoln Theatre
  • Song of the Mountains Festival
  • Galax Fiddler's Convention

Heritage & History

  • Gray Fossil Site
  • Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site
  • Rocky Mount Living History Museum
  • Sycamore Shoals Celtic Festival
  • Native American Festival
  • Historic Jonesborough, Tenn.
  • Historic Abingdon, Va.
  • The Martha Hotel and Spa

Short drive to:

  • Biltmore House & Gardens - Asheville, N.C.
  • The Martha Hotel and Spa - Abingdon, VA
  • Ripley's Aquarium - Gatlinburg, Tenn.
  • Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  • The University of Tennessee sports - Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Tennessee Smokies baseball stadium - Kodak, Tenn. (Pigeon Forge area)

Driving distances from Johnson City

  • Abingdon, Va. 52 miles 55 minutes
  • Asheville, N.C. 65 miles 1 hour
  • Atlanta, Ga. 269 miles 4.5 hours
  • Charleston, S.C. 326 miles 5 hours
  • Charlotte, N.C. 157 miles 3.5 hours
  • Hilton Head Island, S.C. 376 miles 6 hours
  • Knoxville, Tenn. 107 miles 1.5 hours
  • Lexington, Ky. 279 miles 4.5 hours
  • Memphis, Tenn. 494 miles 9 hours
  • Myrtle Beach, S.C. 366 miles 6 hours
  • Nashville, Tenn. 375 miles 5 hours
  • Washington, D.C. 410 miles 7 hours

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