Hotel at a Glance: Best Western Plus Cedar Bluff Inn
Just 15 minutes from downtown Knoxville, the Best Western Plus Cedar Bluff Inn boasts extra-spacious guest rooms and lots of amenities, including a seasonal outdoor pool. Mornings get off to a good start with a complimentary hot breakfast featuring eggs, waffles, and biscuits.
- In-room amenities: 37-inch flat screen TV with Showtime, microwave and refrigerator, and free newspapers
- Award winner: Best Western Plus Cedar Bluff Inn received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and 2014; guests praised the helpful staff and clean rooms.
- Go shopping at Turkey Creek or West Town Mall. Both shopping complexes are within a 10-minute drive of the hotel.
Knoxville, Tennessee: College Town near the Great Smoky Mountains
The Tennessee River cuts right through the middle of Knoxville, and along its banks lies one of the cornerstones of the city: the University of Tennessee campus. The university’s football team, the Tennessee Volunteers (or “Vols”), has won six national championships since their first season in 1891. They play right on campus in Neyland Stadium, a beast of a venue that can hold more than 100,000 fans. Not to be outdone, the women’s basketball team has won eight national championships and are a perennial powerhouse. It’s largely thanks to the Lady Vols’ success that Knoxville was chosen as the site for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
But there’s more to Knoxville than its fabled athletic programs. In 1982, it hosted the World’s Fair, which produced perhaps the city’s most recognizable landmark: the Sunsphere, a giant, shimmering golden ball on top of a tower. From World’s Fair Park downtown, you can walk to Market Square, which features boutiques, restaurants, and a seasonal farmers market. A few blocks away, the opulent Tennessee Theatre hosts musical acts, touring Broadway shows, and classic films.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just about an hour’s drive from Knoxville. It has 800 miles of hiking trails leading to waterfalls and scenic overlooks; keep your eyes peeled for black bears. One of the best ways to explore the park is on a scenic drive along Newfound Gap Road. The road climbs 3,000 feet through cove hardwood, pine-oak, and northern hardwood forests to Newfound Gap, where it connects with a 7-mile road to Clingman’s Dome.