8 Secret Gems in The Scruffy City and Beyond

Take in all the incredible natural beauty that East Tennessee has to offer with eight hidden gems in and around downtown Knoxville! Grab a drink, order a meal and experience a beautiful view below!

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Cliff Top Grill & Bar

Grab a drink atop of the Great Smoky Mountains at “the bar at the top of the world!” Travel up the Anakeesta chondola for craft cocktails or beer with a gorgeous view!

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Hyatt Rooftop

In the heart of downtown with a cool view of the Scruffy City and the Smoky Mountains, is the Hyatt Rooftop bar! Grab a drink and curl up by one of their fireplaces! Make sure to get there early on the weekends!

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UT Parking Garage on 11th Street

Drive up to the top floor of the 11th street parking garage for a 360° of Knoxville’s downtown! You do have to be a student to use this lot, so grab your favorite UT friend and go for a park!

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Calhoun's On The River

Okay so this one isn’t a total secret, but Calhoun’s On The River has hands down one of the best views of the Tennessee River! Sit back and relax with a frosty frozen drink while you unwind by the water! Plus, boat watching is a fun activity in the summer!

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Knoxville Museum of Art

Stop in at the KMA for impressive art collections and an incredible view of our city’s skyline! Head up to the top floor for this beautiful patio right outside the gift shop. The best part about this experience? It’s totally FREE!

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Rickard Ridge BBQ

Enjoy fall-off-the-bone BBQ while you take in the beauty of the Cumberland Mountains and Cove Lake! Every Monday and Thursday at 6 p.m. enjoy live bluegrass music while you eat. This spot is 30 minutes outside of downtown Knoxville in Caryville, Tennessee.

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Courtyard Marriott Downtown Patio

Courtyard Marriott’s downtown location has a brand new patio hung with string lights and open seating! A five minute walk from Gay Street, this is the perfect hangout for the weekend!

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McCloud Mountain Restaurant

Take in the Cumberlands and Smoky Mountains as you dine at the McCloud Mountain Restaurant! This venue is reservation only, so make sure you call ahead! Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served on this mountain top!

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