Are you heading to Bristol to watch Tennessee take on Viriginia Tech in Saturday night's Battle at Bristol?
There's a lot more to see and do in the Tri-Cities than to watch the game. So if you are planning to turn your trip into a long weekend, here are some suggestions, with the help of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, Trip Advisor, and some locals.
THINGS TO DO:
There are a number of Battle at Bristol fan events on State Street. Get more info here.
The Birthplace of Country Music Museum highlights the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings by the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest V. Stoneman, and others that helped shape the sounds and practices of early country music. You can get more information here. It's located at 520 Birthplace of Country Music Way on the Virginia side of Bristol.
You can't visit Bristol without getting a picture of the iconic sign that spans State Street, which straddles the state lines of Tennessee and Virginia. It was built in 1910. Get your selfies here!
The South Holston River is one of the best spots for fly fishing in the country. There's also a visitor center and wildlife trail. You can get more information here.
Steele Creek Park has more than 2,200 acres of outdoor activities, including hiking and biking trails, a lake, disc golf course, athletic fields and more. The park’s main entrance is located at 4 Little Lane. You can get more information here.
Sugar Hollow Park has hiking trails, a dog park, and disc golf. It's located on Lee Hwy. on the Virginia side. You can get more information here.
If your furry friends are coming along for the ride you may want to visit The Bark Park, located in Charlie Robinette Park. It has separate areas for large and small dogs with drinking fountains. There's more information here.
You can visit the Veterans Memorial at Cumberland Park, located in downtown Bristol, Virginia. More information is here.
Grab some friends and try to get away in the Great Escape Game located on State Street in downtown. More information can be found here.
Located in nearby Kingsport, Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium offers the traditional trails and lake activities, but you can also try out the ropes course and zip line, visit wild animal habitats featuring wolves, bobcats, raptors and reptiles. In addition, they have a state-of-the-art Planetarium Theater to explore the skies.
PLACES TO EAT:
Fans of Ridgewood BBQ in nearby Bluff City proclaim it the best barbecue in the world. They don't have a website, but you can find them at 900 Elizabethton Hwy. in Bluff City.
The Burger Bar in downtown Bristol has been a classic diner since 1942. They claim to be the last place Hank Williams, Sr. was seen alive. See the menu and more here.
Eatz on Moore Street offers home cooking "just like grandma used to make" in downtown. Check out their Facebook page for more.
620 on State will be the headquarters for the UT Alumni during Battle at Bristol week. It's located downtown and offers a varied menu. Check it out here.
J Frank is a 5 star restaurant located a few blocks over from State Street on Sixth Street. You can learn more about them on their Facebook page.
The Blackbird Bakery a great place for breakfast, located on Piedmont Avenue, just two blocks off State Street. Doughnuts are their specialty, but they offer a wide variety of baked good. See their menu here.
Southern Churn is the place to get unique ice cream treats! The ice cream menu this week includes Brown Butter Fried Apple Pecan, Sweet Potato Soufflé, and Chocolate Grits. Get more info here.
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