Knoxville is a nice little city, though very quiet. The city center is only about 5 blocks by 8 blocks (rough estimate), so it’s quite walkable. It’s also clean and there aren’t a lot of vagrants around. Aside from Market Square there doesn’t seem to be much signs of life. Maybe this was because of the poor weather, or maybe it’s because I’m used to NYC. I did end up at a movie on Tuesday night, I was the only person in the theater, I almost felt bad about it.
One of the most interesting thing I did there was ride the free trolley. I did it for 2 reasons. One, it got me around the city for free, two – I would be able to see some different ares of the city without walking. I found so much more then just a free mode of transportation, I found a social experiment. The trolley takes you from a couple different areas outside the city center to the city center. Basically on the West side of the city is World’s Fair Park and after that is the U. of Tennessee and the suburbs, the park kind of separates the city from the rest. Being free, the shuttle doesn’t attract high society. Actually, as a “Northerner” it seemed to have Southern goobers… The people seemed to be one step above being homeless. I expected
to see more students and tourists on the trolley, I saw very little of either. After taking the trolley the first day, I decided to drive the following day. But I did get to see quite a bit of the city. I should have known there wouldn’t be many tourists on it since there were very few signs showing where the trolley stopped even though it stopped quite often. But the trolley is a good deal if you’re visiting the city and can figure out where it stops.
When I packed for my trip I forget the wire to charge my ipod and ended up going to Best Buy, this took me through the suburbs of Knoxville. They’re like the suburbs in most other places. Residential areas and then sections of strip malls with all sorts of shopping along the major roads. All the same types of stores you’ll find in other areas of the nation.
One of the nicer spots in Knoxville is Volunteer Landing. When I had heard about it before I thought it was going to be a 2 mile stretch of waterfront with fun and cool activities. It’s really just a 2 mile stretch of walkway along the water with 3 restaurants and a fun activity or two. Half of the walkway has a view of the docked river boats. If you’re looking for a spot to walk and see the water, it’s great, if you’re looking for a good time, you might have to go somewhere else.
I visited the Woman’s Basketball Hall of Fame. I’m not a huge fan of Basketball, but it seemed interesting and admission was only a few dollars. I was the only person there, but the museum was nice. It was fun to look at all the funny uniforms woman wore over the years. I also liked that I got to see real Olympic medals. The museum has a downstairs section where kids or adults can practice different types of basketball drills. I would rate the museum as a good place to take children. It will only take an hour or 2 (maybe 3 if you’re really into it) to go through the museum.