Knoxville is featured in Frommer's Top 20 Best Vacation Destinations
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Knoxville, Tennessee was featured an a recent Frommer study Summer in the USA: 20 Best Vacation Destinations.
Knoxville's location on the banks of the Tennessee River and in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains makes it a perfect warm-weather town. Its large pedstrian-only Market Square is roomy, inviting and features art fountains for splashing around in. During the summer months partons of the many restaurants and bakeries on the square sit at wrought-iron tables out in the open or under the shade of trees found at its far end. The square is also home to Shakespeare on the Square, a farmer's market and many other festivals and events. If you are visiting around Labour Day (first Monday in September) don't miss Boomsday – the self-proclaimed "largest Labour Day fireworks display in the nation".
Meander through the Knoxville Museum of Art's outdoor sculpture exhibition, Art in Public Places or head to Old City, where much of the city's gritty Southern character remains. Live music, from bluegrass to contemporary rock is easy to find and enjoy in Knoxville particularly at the Blue Plate Special, a free noon-time show at WDVX on weekdays.
You can also get out on the river during the summer months. Whether you prefer to skim around in a kayak or lounge on the deck of a cruiseboat with a drink in hand it's impossible not to feel realxed on the water.