(WBIR - Knoxville) Tourism officials in Knoxville say visits to the city are at an all-time high, but the organization Visit Knoxville is working to encourage more locals to get out and experience the city.
Touristy areas like Gay Street and Market Square are places some locals say they typically avoid.
Kristy Chudley of Knoxville said, "It's something we talk about a lot, but then to actually get down here we don't do it as often as we'd like."
Visit Knoxville is hoping to get more locals to experience what their own town has to offer, like theatres and unique shops that line Gay Street. But Visit Knoxville also said the city's hidden treasures don't end there. There are unique things to do all over the city.
Visit Knoxville President Kim Bumpas said, "If you're the outdoor enthusiast, we have outdoor activities. If you want to see some arts and culture or enjoy a musical performance you can do all of that right here in Knoxville."
A group from Grace Christian Academy decided to take a tour of many historical sites in Knoxville.
Chasity Jenkins of Knoxville said, "We've been to the Ramsey House and Blount Mansion. we've been walking in downtown Knoxville just looking at the pretty things they have here."
Visit Knoxville offers a program called Gotta Know Knoxville, which is a program targeted for locals to learn more about our community and the fun and unique experiences in Knoxville. Gotta Know Knoxville is a half-day, free workshop that's open to the public and teaches participants about Knoxville's attractions. To find out more info, visit http://www.knoxville.org/more-information-about-gotta-know-knoxville/.