Area Information

Bristol and the surrounding areas are rich in historic sites, outdoor activities and cultural opportunities. Come to The Pinnacle – then explore everything else the region has to offer!

Bristol, TN/VA

Bristol Caverns

View the beauty of all three levels of Bristol Caverns going all the way to 180 feet below to the cavern floor.

www.bristolcaverns.com

Bristol Motor Speedway

Take a tour of the Bristol Motor Speedway or come down on race weekends to enjoy a race experience like none other.

www.bristolmotorspeedway.com

Birthplace of Country Music

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum explores the history of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting impact on our music heritage.

www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/

ABINGDON, VA

Barter Theatre

As the state theatre of Virginia, the Barter is home to live performances practically every day.

http://www.bartertheatre.com

Star Museum

View hundreds of artifacts from celebrities such as Elvis, Lucy, Judy Garland and more.

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/17622#_=_

Virginia Creeper Trail

Bike the Creeper Trail and not only take in the beauty of nature, but make stops at an old railroad station and Creek Junction for some trout fishing along the way!

http://www.vacreepertrail.org/#_=_

ASHEVILLE, NC

Asheville Hot Air Balloons

Say that you saw it all with a hot air balloon ride over the Hominy Valley, Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains and more!

http://www.ashevillehotairballoons.com/#_=_

Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures

With 11 ziplines ranging from several hundred feet to 1,200 feet long, a treetop adventure park, KidZip, and miles of trails for biking, your family can enjoy a fun-filled day of outdoor adventure!

http://www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com

Biltmore Estate

Tour the vast grounds of Biltmore and take in all the architecture, artwork and more from the Gilded Age.

http://www.biltmore.com

Blue Ridge Parkway

One of the most popular North Carolina attractions offers hiking and scenic walks, historic and interpretive sites, and so much more!

http://www.blueridgeheritage.com

BLOUNTVILLE, TN

Appalachian Caverns

Have fun with the gem mines and rock wall above ground and then make your way underneath to see the ever-changing caverns of Appalachia.

www.appacaverns.com

DUFFIELD, VA

Natural Tunnel State Park

Slip down the 100-foot slide at the pool, ride the chair lift to the tunnel floor, or take a cave tour of what’s been call the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/nat.shtml

ELIZABETHTON, TN

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Site

With special events happening each month, Sycamore Shoals offers more than a few hiking trails, but also a chance to experience culture.

https://sycamoreshoalstn.wordpress.com/

Watauga Lake

With 106 miles of shoreline, you can enjoy many relaxing activities such as horseback riding, biking, boating and more.

http://www.wataugalakeexperience.com

Wilbur Lake & Dam

Feel free to kayak, canoe or fish at this enticing lake where hidden waterfalls, beaver lodges and dramatic rock walls can be discovered.

http://www.easttn.us/attractions/attraction.aspx/Wilbur%20Lake/

ERWIN, TN

Erwin National Fish Hatchery

Take a tour of the hatchery and learn about the importance of maintaining good fishing in public waters.

http://www.fws.gov/erwin/index.html

Unaka Mountains / The Beauty Spot

Take time to get away and enjoy the beauty of the Unaka Mountains.

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USA Raft

Experience the excitement of rafting on the Nolichucky and French Broad rivers, whether you’re a beginner or an expert!

http://www.usaraft.com

GREENEVILLE, TN

Andrew Johnson’s Homestead

Greeneville, TN

This family-friendly historic site allows adults to bask in history while children experience fun, hands-on education.

www.nps.gov/anjo/index.htm

HILTONS, VA

Carter Family Fold

Every Saturday night, the Carter Family Fold hosts a full house of guests to enjoy a variety of regional, national and international music acts.

www.carterfamilyfold.org

JOHNSON CITY, TN

Appalachian GhostWalks

Walk through the haunted history of downtown Johnson City, led by certified ghost hunters.

http://www.appalachianghostwalks.com/

Buffalo Mountain Park

Spend the day exploring the 725 acres of Buffalo Mountain Park on your own or sign up for a guided nature hike!

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Down Home

Listen to live music in a comfortable, intimate setting where a variety of artists can be found.

http://downhome.com

Hands On! Museum

Johnson City, TN

Watch the kids get inspired and educated while having fun at the same time!

www.handsonmuseum.org

Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site

Johnson City, TN

Take a tour, whether with a tour guide or on your own, and learn about the abundant history of Northeast Tennessee.

www.tipton-haynes.org

Winged Deer Park / Boone Lake

Come out and spend your day at the batting cages, disc golf course, sand volleyball court or just enjoy a picnic with the family.

http://www.johnsoncitytn.org/parksrec/facilities/

KINGSPORT, TN

Bays Mountain Park

At Tennessee’s largest city-owned park, visitors can enjoy everything from a planetarium and animal habitat to an adventure ropes course and zipline!

www.baysmountain.com

Fort Patrick Henry Dam

Kingsport, TN

http://www.tva.com/sites/fortpatrickhenry.htm

Warpath Bowling Lanes

Bring out your competitive side at this family-friendly bowling alley!

http://bowlwarpath.com/cosmic.html

LIMESTONE, TN

Bright’s Zoo

Get up close and personal with many animals that are endangered or extinct in the wild!
http://www.brightszoo.com/

Davy Crockett Birthplace

Fish, swim and hike while learning the history of Davy Crockett.

http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/davy-crockett-birthplace

LINVILLE, NC

Grandfather Mountain

Guests can not only master the mountain and tackle the mile-high swinging bridge, but they can also learn about the history of Grandfather Mountain in the Nature Museum.

www.grandfather.com

PINEY FLATS, TN

Rocky Mount

At Rocky Mount, visitors can learn about Appalachian culture by walking through a living history tour.

www.rockymountmuseum.com

ROAN MOUNTAIN, TN

Catawba Rhododendron

Roan Mountain, TN

Enjoy the beauty of the Rhododendron Gardens with their perfectly plump clusters of flowers that mesmerize visitors year after year (June).

www.roanmountain.com/gardens.htm