Book one of our Holiday Inn® hotels in Knoxville, Tennessee. Browse local artists’ work at the Museum of Art before spending a relaxing afternoon in Market Square, sipping iced sweet tea at a patio café.
The Knoxville Museum of Art collects a range of 20th- and 21st-century works by eastern Tennessee artists, from abstract paintings to mixed media mobiles and bronze sculptures. More than 800 animals, including such crowd-pleasers as Bengal tigers, African elephants and giraffes, draw visitors to the Knoxville Zoo, just a short drive from our Knoxville hotels. The world’s largest basketball, a whopping 10-ton, orange-and-black sphere, rests atop the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Part museum, part interactive sports venue, the hall honors women players of all levels and includes indoor courts where visitors can shoot hoops after their tour.
Our Knoxville hotels are near Market Square downtown, a favorite spot to shop, dine and relax over drinks. Once Knoxville’s original city market in 1854, Market Square now hosts a bountiful farmer’s market, spring through autumn. Knoxville kids love to play splashy tag during the summer in the central spouting fountain. Nearby antiques shops sell silver candle holders and primitive Southern crafts, and boutiques offer trendy hats and leather jackets. Relax at an outdoor patio on the square, dining on Tennessee barbecued ribs or chicken-fried steak and glasses of sweet tea. After hours, order a tumbler of golden Tennessee whiskey. Guests of our hotels in Knoxville enjoy First Friday downtown, a monthly evening of gallery openings and live music at art galleries, pubs and in Market Square.
Stay at our Holiday Inn hotels in Knoxville in spring, when an hour’s drive to Great Smoky Mountains National Park reveals blooming rhododendrons and redbuds, or in fall, when the park’s hardwoods burst into brilliant reds and oranges.