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Knoxville makes it on the list of popular destinations to visit this summer

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Summer is drawing closer and it means more people are planning vacations. Knoxville is on the list of popular destinations to visit.

Visit Knoxville said hotel visits are up 200% from this time last year.

“Most families are planning a little over two trips in the next three months,” Visit Knoxville’s Kim Bumpas said. “Think about our outdoor adventure and how drivable we are — that makes Knoxville a really prime choice right now.”

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Got a Knoxville bucket list? Here are 14 things you must try in the Scruffy City

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Knoxville is brimming with things to do, but how do you actually decide what is worth your time?

A checklist might help!

Whether you’re a tourist simply passing through or call the city home, these places and activities are well worth your time.

What’s on your Knoxville bucket list? Email to share your favorite activity in the city.

Catch a show at the Tennessee Theatre

Perhaps the most iconic piece of downtown Knoxville’s Gay Street is the Tennessee Theatre. It’s been a staple of downtown Knoxville since its opening in 1928 and hosts film screenings, live theatre performances, opera, comedy shows, concerts and more.

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‘This founded a state’: Knoxville’s role in Tenn. history as state turns 225

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Tennessee is marking a milestone birthday: 225 years. On June 1, 1796, Tennessee officially became a state.

Maybe you’ve heard Knoxville called the birthplace of the state of Tennessee? That’s because the discussions and documents that paved the way to statehood happened in downtown Knoxville.

“Knoxville was the site of the, I think naturally, the site of the Constitutional Convention and then it became the capital of Tennessee,” said Jack Neely with the Knoxville History Project.

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Pools and water parks open for the summer across East Tennessee

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — People are ready to hang out this summer!

“Just not being restricted feels great,” said Melissa Kline, who brought her son out this week to New Harvest Splash Pads.

And with the warm weather underway, parents are happy there are fewer restrictions on water activities.

“I mean, it’s a beautiful day, and just tried to get out here so we could cool off,” said Kline.

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5 Tennessee wine trails to visit this summer

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee is home to some of the country’s most beautiful mountains and parks. But if you’re looking to tackle one of the state’s many trails without the fear of getting poison ivy, the state has you covered there too – wine trails!

What better way to spend a summer weekend than trying out local wineries and vineyards? Here’s a list of five wine trails you can explore in the Volunteer State.

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Tennessee RiverLine Celebrates Official Launch

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With cheers, confetti, and the dedication of 60 kayaks bound for river communities, America’s next great regional trail system has been officially launched.

On May 21, in a celebration on the banks of the Tennessee River, the Tennessee RiverLine launched its public phase, moving from concept to implementation.

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These Tennessee swimming holes are perfect to cool off in this summer

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It’s beginning to look a lot like…summer! And Tennessee is full of swimming holes, lakes, waterfalls and rivers perfect for cooling off.

Once the weather warms, there’s nothing quite like taking a dip into refreshing water surrounded by gorgeous scenery.

There are more than 840 waterfalls across the Volunteer State, or if you’re looking for another way to cool down, check out more than 10,000 caves.

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